Arts & Culture

2021 Year in Review

Reflecting the most notable moments of the year, with a Dallas twist.

Kaitlyn Grekoff
Posted on Dec 21, 2021

While 2020 brought a unique set of changes, 2021 has been a year full of pivoting through new challenges, celebrating joyous reunions and, for many, exploring once again. Through turbulent unknowns and creative problem solving, the people of Dallas have banded together throughout the year to make the city an even better place to be. Here are some of the most notable moments of the year, with a Dallas twist. 


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  • We all saw way too many "Bernie sitting in a chair" images after watching the presidential inauguration - but we absolutely loved the Dallas Museum of Art's take on it. 
  • Everyone virtually celebrated the life and legacy of MLK Jr. safely from home.
  • Some ventured away from takeaway and tested some of the incredible new restaurants that opened up throughout the pandemic. 
  • After hours on TikTok, the app told us, "hey, go outside now." 


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  • We celebrated Black History Month even through a pandemic with virtual dance performances, socially distanced bus tours, and take-home dinner from several of the Black-owned restaurants in Dallas.
  • Just because Daft Punk broke up, it doesn't mean everyone did. For those of us with a Valentine, many took our special someone on a romantic Valentine's date to see the new AT&T Discovery District in Dallas. 
  • Smart travelers and Dallasites alike took advantage of discounts and soaked up the cuteness at the annual Dallas Zoo Penguin Days. 
  • Super Bowl LVII had the lowest viewership since 2007. Might it be because the cowboys weren't in it?
  • The entire city raised a glass on National Margarita Day to say a big "cheers" to 50 frozen years of the glorious frozen margarita machine, which was invented right here in Dallas!



  • Everyone grabbed a pint (or two) at Dallas' best pubs to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
  • Some took much-needed "me-time" in springtime with a solo spring break vacation - a trend that is very much still on the rise after too much time at home with the same people. Introverts everywhere rejoiced at the popularity and increase of solo-travel options.
  • As Oprah interviewed Megan Markle and Prince Harry, we interviewed the multi-talented Dallas local, Chris McKnight – better known as M*Knight
  • We took to the movies in a COVID-friendly way as the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff temporarily turned into a drive-in movie theater.



  • Art lovers enjoyed Arts Month all April long. What started in 2013 as Dallas Art Week has expanded into four weeks of art exhibitions, performances and lectures for art aficionados, novices and everyone in between. This year's programming included in-person and virtual events.
  • Clubhouse almost became a thing - but then we all went back to TikTok
  • We took to the great outdoors for Easter Weekend to enjoy Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum and various other outdoor parks and attractions around the city. 
  • Vaccination stations took over Fair Park and numerous places throughout the city and became available for the public. The re-introduction of conferences and various live events across Dallas followed relatively soon after.



  • It seemed like everything was being deemed "cheugy" by Gen Z and younger. You know what's not cheugy about Dallas, though? The amount of incredible second-hand shops in the city. They're the perfect place to ditch your skinny jeans and invest in some 90's sweater vests.
  • We celebrated AAPI Heritage Month by visiting notable museums, supporting local Asian restaurants and attending a few events and virtual programs. 
  • We taste-tested tacos and tequila for Cinco de Mayo, like only Dallasites can. 
  • We found a special locally made gift and picnicked at White Rock Lake with mom for Mother's Day


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  • We paraded our Pride down the streets of Dallas. From the flag-raising ceremony at Dallas City Hall and extravagant parties in Oak Lawn to the Pride Parade held at Fair Park which featured incredible local talent, Dallas is proud to have one of the largest gay populations in the U.S., and the biggest in Texas. 
  • Dallasites took to a few of our favorite local breweries to treat dad to a beer and delicious brunch for Father's Day
  • Dallas celebrated and reflected upon Juneteenth by attending seven incredible events throughout the city. Juneteenth is now, finally, celebrated as a federal holiday. 
  • We were told that UFOs might be a thing. In the spirit of fun flying things,  we checked out the Frontiers of Flight Museum - which is incredibly cool, even without UFOs.



  • Texans spent the entire Fourth of July weekend cooling off by jumping into pools and eating all the ice cream possible - all, of course, within view of the outstanding fireworks coming from Reunion Tower. 
  • We embraced our local Franco-Americans that own many beautiful shops and delicious restaurants in Dallas and then partied in the streets of the Bishop Arts District to celebrate Bastille Day
  • Everyone cheered on Team USA as they competed in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo…in 2021. We were inspired to train like Olympians.



  • Families took one last summer vacation and went back-to-school shopping at the Galleria Dallas and Northpark Center.
  • All those rescheduled shows and concerts from 2020 were finally happening! There were so many chances to see Dallas' great music venues.
  • DFW Restaurant Week came back for its 24th year, offering diners a month-long opportunity (Aug. 6 to Sept. 5) to try some of Dallas' best restaurants. 


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  • We celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at several bass-thumping, heart-pumping Latin concerts in Dallas. 
  • Every Texan and Big Tex fan anxiously counted down the days until the opening day of the State Fair of Texas on Sep. 24th. After a year away, no one could get enough of Fletcher's Corny Dogs, funnel cakes or the Texas Star. 
  • Dallas football fans loaded up on swag for another great season of cheering on the Dallas Cowboys
  • Kim Kardashian sparked one of the most shareable memes of the year with her all-black Met Gala attire. We could have found her  something stunning at Forty Five Ten in Downtown Dallas.



  • Some of us dusted off our lederhosen and dirndl because Oktoberfest was finally back in Dallas!
  • We all found out what a world without Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp would be like for six hours. It was a refreshing respite for some; others just kept hitting refresh. 
  • Autumn-lovers everywhere eagerly selected the best pumpkins to take home from the Dallas Farmers Market after wandering through pumpkin mazes during Autumn at the Arboretum
  • We couldn't wait to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with a beautiful parade in the streets of Downtown Dallas once again, and then attended an unforgettable Day of the Dead concert presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.



  • Dallas went all out and decked the halls and parents prepared for all of the holiday family-fun festivities. From tree lighting ceremonies to giant Christmas trees and mazes of lights, it truly is one of the most wonderful times of the year to be in Dallas. 
  • Thousands took their families to cheer on the Dallas Stars and Mavs at the American Airlines Center as both of their seasons were in full swing the week of Thanksgiving! Victor E. Green and Champ both have way better jokes and dance moves than most of our family members, for sure.
  • We stuffed our faces full of Thanksgiving goodness at a few iconic restaurants.


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Thanks for enjoying, celebrating and visiting all the best of Dallas this year. We wish you and yours the happiest of New Year's and hope to see you here soon.