Arts & Culture

What To Do in Dallas in 2022

From Van Gogh to Big Tex, Dallas has it going on in 2022.

Jennifer Simonson
Posted on Dec 31, 2021

After a topsy-turvy couple of years, it looks like 2022 will be the year we get back on track (everyone, keep your fingers crossed). Dallas has a long list of art openings, once-in-a-lifetime concert performances, new restaurants and more to keep you entertained all year long. Here is just a sampling of what you can do in Dallas over the next 12 months. 


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Discover Van Gogh's Lost ArtArts District 

The Dallas Museum of Art starts the year off with a bang. Van Gogh and the Olive Groves is the first exhibition dedicated to the legendary artist's important olive grove series. Van Gogh became captivated by olive groves upon arriving at the mental asylum of Saint-Rémy in May 1889. For seven months he painted olive trees at different times of day and in different seasons. Van Gogh and the Olive Groves brings together this significant series for the very first time. The series premiers in Dallas before traveling to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The exhibit is on display until Feb. 6. 

American Airlines Center
American Airlines Center

Listen to a LegendVictory Park 

The legendary British rocker Sir Elton John will be gracing Dallas with his presence one last time. The Covid pandemic disrupted his 300-concert Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in 2020, but his originally scheduled June 26 show is rescheduled for Jan. 25 at the American Airlines Center. In 2018, Elton John announced his retirement after the completion of the three-year tour, so if you want to hear hits like "Bennie and the Jets", "Tiny Dancer" and "Rocketman" live, you better get tickets. Music fans can find even more concerts coming to Dallas in 2022 here.


Eat Asian-Cajun Food at a French BrasserieDowntown

Brasserie Toussaint, a modern French brasserie, will open its doors to downtown Dallas early in 2022. The cafe will be the hotel restaurant for the upcoming Renaissance Hotel Saint Elm Dallas Downtown at 1907 Elm Street. The menu blends French classics with Vietnamese and New Orleans flavors. What does that even look like? It looks like lobster thermidor in a coconut red curry or Halibut with Pommes Anna, haricot vert and sauce vierge. The swanky new restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. 


Enjoy a StaycationUptown

A new luxury hotel is coming to the Turtle Creek neighborhood. The prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel is scheduled to open at 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd in 2022. The 25-story hotel and residences will have 175 guest rooms and suites, four restaurants and bars and a spa. This global hotel group is known for its luxurious hotels and resorts around the world and the Dallas location will be no exception. 


Let It GoFair Park

Anyone with young children has probably had the lyrics to "Let it Go" stuck in their head more than once. Well, get ready to have the lyrics stuck in your head again. Frozen, the Tony-nominated Best Musical is coming to Fair Park this summer. The unforgettable theatrical experience is filled with special effects, powerhouse performances and all the songs from the original Oscar-winning film. The musical runs from July 20 – Aug. 7 at Music Hall in Fair Park. 

BIg Tex at the State Fair of Texas
BIg Tex at the State Fair of Texas

Wave to Big TexFair Park 

The State Fair of Texas will be back this September to a full crowd. Priding themselves on having something for everyone, the fair promotes agriculture, education and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment.  

Since its establishment in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan and this year will be no different. The fair will run from Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 23.