21 Things to Do in Dallas This January

Start the New Year off right by treating yourself and the family to a good time around the city.

Posted on Dec 27, 2018 By Jamina Tribbett

  1. Ring in 2019 in style at the Statler's inaugural New Year's Eve Black and White Party. The historic, 15,000 square-foot Statler Ballroom is transformed into a re-creation of Truman Capote's legendary 1966 "Party of the Century." Enjoy live entertainment, celebrity guest DJ emcee, open bar, late night cuisine and more.
  2. Experience the Reunion Tower NYE fireworks from one of the best vantage points in the city at New Year's Eve at the NYLO Dallas Rooftop. Tickets include party favors, entry to the VIP rooftop bar, champagne toast at midnight, popcorn bar and fun surprises!
  3. Make NYE dinner reservations at the Steam Theory Brewing Company for Brew Year's Eve. Just across the river from Reunion Tower's NYE fireworks, you'll be able to enjoy the show with your meal, live musical performances and beers brewed on site.
  4. Welcome the New Year with the family at Day 1 Dallas (Jan. 1) at Fair Park in the Centennial Building. Activities include bounces houses, face painting, arts and crafts, rock climbing, live musical performances, and a spectacular 360-degree fireworks show set to popular kid's music. Admission is free!
  5. Take a family field trip to the Nasher Sculpture Center for the Free First Saturdays event (Jan. 5), featuring DJ sets and live music, food vendors, artist-led projects, guided sketching sessions in the galleries and informal discussions of exhibitions and works on view.
  6. Enjoy the hit Broadway musical, A Bronx Tale (Dec. 26 – Jan. 6), at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House. This crowd pleaser is bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes.
  7. It's your last chance to see two special exhibits at the Perot Museum! See Illuminate (until Jan. 6), featuring illuminated installations with light-themed science activities throughout the museum and Ultimate Dinosaurs (until Jan. 6), featuring full-sized skeletons, life-sized video projections, as well as interactive games, real fossils you can examine and touch, and much more.
  8. Experience Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera (until Jan. 6) as part of a brand new North American Tour at Music Hall at Fair Park.
  9. Explore Anne Frank's story in a modern way in Let Me Be Myself at the Dallas Holocaust Museum (until Aug. 1). This new exhibition addresses current day issues of identity, exclusion and discrimination as Frank's experiences connect deeply with the obstacles of today's youth. A Virtual Reality component also allows the visitor to travel back in time to Frank's hiding place, the "Secret Annex."
  10. See Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Moody Performance Hall (Jan. 11 – 20) for Shakespeare Dallas' inaugural indoor winter season.
  11. Enter Jurassic Quest at Fair Park (Jan. 18) for an interactive dinosaur exhibit for all ages. See more than 80 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs. This year's attraction features 30 new dinosaurs, a dino petting zoo for toddlers, dino scooters, science stations, crafts and more.
  12. Bring the kids to the KidFilm Festival at the Angelika Film Center and Café (Jan. 19 – 20), featuring new and classic films, read-alongs, book signings and more at the 35th annual KidFilm Festival. Admission to all screenings is free.
  13. Sip and snack at the Texas Wine and Cheese Tasting at the Dallas Farmers Market (Jan. 19) as wineries from across the state offer samples of premium wines made from the Texas grape harvest.
  14. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy at the 36th annual Black Music and Civil Rights Movement Concert (Jan. 20) at the Meyerson Symphony Center and attend the 37th annual MLK Celebration Parade at Fair Park (Jan. 21).
  15. Discover Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty (until Jan. 21), a historical exhibit at the African American Museum.
  16. Head to the American Airlines Center to cheer on the Dallas Mavericks as they face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (Jan. 7) or see the Dallas Stars dominate the Louis Blues (Jan. 12). Or, make plans to sing your heart out at the Justin Timberlake concert (Jan. 24).
  17. Take the little ones on a magical journey with Ella Enchanted: The Musical (Jan. 25 – Feb. 24) at the Dallas Children's Theater. Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out!
  18. Kick off your 2019 fitness goals with the Big D Climb (Jan. 26), the biggest stair climb in North Texas. Participants race up 70 stories of stairs at Bank of America Plaza in Downtown Dallas to raise money for blood cancer research.
  19. Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden to see the new Artistry of Nativity exhibit at the DeGolger House (Dec. 26 – Feb. 7), featuring a combined collection of over 500 crèches from over 50 countries and private collections not yet seen by the public.
  20. Art lovers will enjoy the free Art Talk with Rudolph Castro (Jan. 12) at Mercado 369. Rudolph Castro, an acclaimed artist from Peru, will delve deep into the process of his exhibition, Sixty-Two Hours of Travel, Fifty-Nine Years in the South. Following the Art Talk, the exhibition will open at the nearby Oak Cliff Cultural Center (until Feb. 16). Admission is free!
  21. See Jacob Hashimoto: Clouds and Chaos at the Crow Museum of Asian Art (until April 7). This is the museum's major exhibition since its expansion.

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