If there's one thing we've learned this year, it's that we have the capability to be much more flexible than we ever thought possible. As online get-togethers have taken the place of traditional soirees and plans pivoted then changed again, we all deserve a medal for making it through. With the hope of a vaccine on the way and that "fresh start" feeling that always comes with the first day of January, 2021 will likely include more in-person events and performances than 2020 did. Dallas has so much to offer, and we're looking forward to enjoying the following and more!
1. Dining and shopping at Eataly - Following a relatively quiet grand opening in early December, we're thinking the long-awaited Eataly (short for "Eating Italian") will become a can't-miss fixture of NorthPark Center. While COVID restrictions are in full force, visitors are welcome to explore the 46,000-square-foot space - including three restaurants, a market where you can purchase various oils, meats, olives, coffee, chocolates and more, plus an extensive wine collection. Make a stop at one of Eataly's take-away counters during a shopping break, and grab a special bottle of vino or the makings of a charcuterie board for later. Plus, in 2021 the location will announce a full calendar of arts programming. With only six other Eataly locations in the country, Dallas is proving its prominence just by having one. Learn more here.
2. Hearing Kristin Hannah's talk at the DMA (Feb. 10) - Fans of the #1 New York Times bestselling author will jump at the chance to hear from Hannah in conversation with Sarah Bird. The writer's forthcoming book "The Four Winds" (out on Feb. 2, 2021) is set during the Great Depression and weaves in similar themes as her previous works. Hannah so effortlessly illustrates the human spirit in her novels, and this will be no different. Buy your tickets for the talk, which includes a signed book, here. Then beginning mid-March, drop into the Dallas Museum of Art for "Cubism in Color: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris" for a spotlight on the Spanish artists' modern and iconic pieces. Learn more here.
3. Admiring the Bush Center's new exhibit (beginning March 2) - Coinciding with the President's book release, the Bush Center will launch "Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants," featuring his collection of 43 stories and oil paintings honoring our nation's immigrants. Running through January 2022, the exhibit is sure to be popular. We can't wait to check it out! Learn more here.
4. Attending "Music From the Movies" at the Meyerson (March 5-7) - The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is planning a weekend event where they will masterfully play the scores from some of America's favorite films. You'll be humming along as the musicians take you on a journey through music. Make the night extra classy by dining at Sloane's Corner before the performance; prosecco and crab cakes would be a good pairing. Since the DSO is currently playing for smaller audiences, you'll need to scoop up tickets fast. Purchase them here.
5. Eating our way through the city - While we'll probably have to wear masks and social distance, there's no easier way to support our local restaurants than eating out. And Dallas is an amazing place to eat brunch - with mouth-watering pancakes, boozy mimosas and no shortage of fancy coffee. Order ahead and take home or eat in. Explore our guide on "Where to Brunch in Dallas" here.
6. Strolling through Dallas Blooms (March & April) - When the weather begins to warm, there's nothing like a stop at the Arboretum's annual festival displaying 500,000 blooms in radiant colors. With picture-perfect tulips, live music and Easter events, Dallas Blooms is a spring must-do. Watch their website for the specifics and opening date.
7. Listening to Justin Bieber croon at the AAC (Aug. 6) - The last few years have been pivotal for the former teeny-bopper, as his sound has evolved and he got married. The Biebs' August stop at the American Airlines Center is still on the books, and we're not missing a chance to hear him sing "Intentions" while busting a move live. Pop into Mio Nonno Trattoria for a pizza and craft cocktail first. Purchase tickets for the show here.
8. Hitting the Midway at the State Fair (September & October) - There's no official word on what the State Fair of Texas will look like in 2021, but we're crossing our fingers for the full experience. Of course, safety is of the utmost importance, but can you imagine how amazing the fried Oreos and Fletcher's corny dogs will taste after skipping a year? Follow the State Fair's plans for opening here.