21 Things to do in Dallas this January

Start the New Year off right with these activities and events.

Posted on Dec 27, 2017 By Jamina Tribbett

1. Bring in 2018 the right way at Day 1 Dallas on Jan. 1. Celebrate New Year's Day at Fair Park with food, fun activities for the kids, live music and a dazzling display of fireworks. The best part is that it's free!

2. Enjoy a thrilling New Year's Day show at the Winspear Opera House with Lightwire Theater's "A Very Electric Christmas." Witness the "America's Got Talent" semi-finalists' unique combination of skill and grace as told through the technological innovations of moving light characters.


3. Experience a cultural and truly breathtaking performance at Shen Yun. Discover the story of a lost civilization, told completely through classical Chinese dance. See the show at the Winspear Opera House between Jan. 5-15 or at the Music Hall at Fair Park between Jan. 13-21.


4. Bring the kids to Klyde Warren Park on Jan. 6 for a fun family experiment. Learn how to make snow out of simple polymers. It feels like the real thing, since sadly, we probably won't see it in Dallas any time soon.


5. Snore and explore the Winter Wonderland Sleepover at the Perot Museum on Jan. 6. Families will enjoy this wintery night of exciting animals, a flurry of science experiments, a holiday film, plus a Winter Wonderland themed photo to take home!


6. Head to the Dallas Museum of Art to check out the new Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirt exhibit that opens on Jan. 7. The vibrant mural tells a story of the Hopi people, from the mythic emergence through the arrival of Europeans, to the rebirth of Hopi traditions in the information age.


7. Discover the fun of science with the entire family with the Geology Discovery Day at the Perot Museum on Jan. 13. Participate in mineral testing experiments and mineral digs, make your own volcano, explore the rock cycle and more.


8. Have a self-care Saturday at Yoga at the Brewery on Jan. 13 at Community Beer Co. Relax with some morning yoga then treat yourself to a complimentary pint and brewery tour.


9. Attend a concert at the American Airlines Center. The January lineup includes Katy Perry and Shakira.


10. Sweat off your holiday pounds at the Dallas Vert Mile Stair Climb on Jan. 13 at Reunion Tower. The Dallas Vert Mile is a world-class stair climb race and fun walk that is open to the public.


11. Witness a moving tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate the triumphs and struggles of the Civil Rights Movement at the 35th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert on Jan. 14 at the Meyerson Symphony Center.


12. Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the 2018 MLK Parade on Jan. 15. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Holmes St. and MLK Blvd. and will end at Fair Park.


13. Enjoy the cool weather at the Outdoor Skating Rink at Squarebody Saloon in Fair Park, open daily until Jan 19.


14. Hang out until midnight at the Dallas Museum of Art during Late Nights at the DMA on Jan. 19 for music, talks, films, gallery tours, kids' activities and more. This month's Late Night activities celebrate the museum's birthday and explore the psychedelic world of Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama.


15. Take the kids on a trip to the Dallas Children's Theater to see "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" show. Watch the illustrations of this beloved children's book leap from the page to the stage in a bright display of color. The show will occur daily between Jan. 19 to Feb. 25.


16. Head to East Dallas for the KidFilm Festival at the Angelika Film Center and Café on Jan. 20-21. This two-day lineup of new and classic films for both children and adults also features special guests, readalongs and other fun activities. The tickets are completely free and available at the KidFilm box office one hour before each showtime.


17. Visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to see the special "Mourning A President" exhibit that focuses on the funeral and burial of President John F. Kennedy and explores how a grieving nation paid its respects.


18. Enjoy an engaging and experimental night out at the Perot Museum for its Social Science evening on Jan. 26 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sip on a signature cocktail, dance the night away, and get ready to explore all areas of science.


19. Attend a glamorous evening of mystery at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden for Midnight at the Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner on Jan. 27. Enjoy a three-course meal in a beautiful setting. Don't forget to wear a mask!


20. Cheer on the Dallas Mavericks or Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center.


21. Stop by the Nasher Sculpture Center to see "The Dramastics: A Punk Rock Victory Twister in Texas" exhibit, on display until Jan. 28. The elaborate scenes, made completely of paper and wire, depict the rise of a fictional punk rock band. It's a display you must see for yourself.


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