Arts & Culture

What to do in Dallas this February

Explore the city's Black arts and culture, impressive exhibits and delicious restaurants.

Ashley Turner
Posted on Jan 22, 2021

The shortest month of the year brings plenty of ways to discover Dallas. Black History Month celebrations are aplenty, or plan a special Valentine's Day for you and yours with our restaurant picks. Perhaps February is the time check out a new exhibit – the choice is yours!  

Visit these landmarks and attractions
In honor of Black History Month, plan a visit to some of Dallas' Black-owned businesses and historic landmarks.

Take a visit to the Pan-African Connection Bookstore in South Dallas. More than a bookstore, this art gallery and resource center specializes in books on the history, health and forward movement of Black people. They also offer educational programming, wellness classes and community conversations.  

Freedman's Memorial Cemetery was a burial ground for Dallas' early African American population in 1861 and one of the largest Freedman Cemeteries in the country. You can visit the memorial located at North Central Expressway (Highway 75) and Lemmon Avenue.

The African American Museum in Fair Park is devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural, and historical materials. The current exhibition,  3 Decades of Social Commentary, by artist Vicki Meek is an installation that critiques, examines and comments on the African American experience, while also offering her own reactions to social injustice and reflecting on the influence of African American heroes and heroines.

Dine at these restaurants

Eataly at NorthPark Center recently opened and is worth all the hype. There is an expansive market, wine shop, café and three restaurants to explore – stop by on your next visit to NorthPark, but keep in mind that a reservation may be required to dine at one of the restaurants.

Encina is new to Oak Cliff and is focused on seasonality and fresh ingredients, while offering an "uncomplicated yet adventurous menu." Stop by for weekend brunch or dinner and feast on items like goat tacos, twig flatbread and confit turkey hash.

Off the Bone Barbeque in the Cedars District is a Black-owned barbecue spot that won't disappoint. Their famous pecan smoked baby back ribs, as well as off-the-bone tacos, con queso mac and cheese and peach cobbler are just a few highlights.

Check out this hotel

The Kimpton Pittman Hotel in Deep Ellum, originally built in 1916 by African American architect William Sidney Pittman, reopened its doors in 2020 and is a welcomed addition. The neighborhood hotel offers creative artwork throughout its floors, an outdoor deck for live music and a wonderful restaurant serving seasonal American fare.

Other things happening this month:

Oak Cliff Cultural Center's Glow Forest exhibit – through Feb. 5
This new exhibit is a serene and colorful jungle environment that offers an escape from winter and the turmoil of 2020. The exhibit is free and can be viewed safely from the outside. The center is also offering a Chinese New Year virtual workshop on Feb. 6!

Dallas Blooms – opening Feb. 20
The annual and largest
floral festival in the Southwest will open on Feb. 20, with the theme "America the Beautiful." Each week, the garden will focus on one of the six regions in the U.S., with food, music, flowers and special events.

State Fair Classic – Feb. 27
The HBCU football rivalry between Grambling State and Prairie View A&M University has been rescheduled for Feb. 27 at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Seating is limited and you can get your tickets here.

Go Red, Get Heart, Get Moving – Feb. 27
The American Heart Association's signature women's initiative encourages all women (and men!) to make a commitment to your health in a 3-mile walk, run or jog. The event will take place on the Katy Trail and you can register here.