Arts & Culture

What to do in Dallas this January

Celebrate the new year by rediscovering the city we know and love.

Ashley Turner
Posted on Jan 6, 2021

2021 is here! Masks, social distancing, and virtual programming will continue to be our new normal for now, but we hope you're inspired by these fun ways to explore Dallas and all its wonder.

Visit these museums:
Start the year off right with a visit to these museum exhibits!

The DMA has quite a few exhibits and installations on display, including Contemporary Art + Design, a collection of paintings, jewelry, and design objects by artists from 11 different countries, and Moth to Cloth: Silk in Africa , an exploratory exhibit of the production of silk and silk textiles in Ghana, Nigeria and Madagascar.

The Meadows Museum's Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain (closing on Jan. 10), presents its first major U.S. exhibition dedicated to the Spanish sculptor. On display are six drawings, three paintings and 24 sculptures.

Kaleidoscope: Zhuang Hong Yi is a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Zhuang Hong Yi, one of China's most influential artists. The exhibit will be hosted by Laura Rathe Fine Art in the Design District by appointment only beginning Jan. 9.  

Plan a staycation at these hotels:
2020 brought some new hotels to the scene, and with travel still up in the air for a lot of us, a staycation might be just what you need.

The newly renovated Beeman Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel featuring a heated indoor pool, a delicious on-site barbecue restaurant, and pet friendly accommodations. 

The Thompson Dallas is a new luxury hotel located in Downtown, offering a boutique spa and fitness center, three trendy dining options, and 52 unique suites! 

Keep supporting local restaurants:
A plethora of new restaurants opened last year and continue to pop up around the city. Add these to your 2021 dining plans! 

Palmer's Hot Chicken in East Dallas serves authentic Nashville Hot Chicken that you can order fried or oven roasted, with your choice of heat level.

Heim Barbecue recently opened their newest location near Dallas Love Field Airport, serving some of the best 'que the city has to offer!

LaVui, a new Vietnamese restaurant from the chef of Oiishii, features a creative menu of specialty spring rolls, Banh Mi sandwiches, Pho noodle soups and more.

Other things happening this month:
Dallas Museum of Art: Arts & Letters Live Seriesbeginning Jan. 12
The DMA's Arts & Letters Live Series combines literature with visual arts, music, and film. The series is celebrating its 30th season this year and they have a full lineup of virtual programming starting this month.

TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND 2021 Seasonbeginning Jan. 15
For the first time in nearly 40 years, this season will feature only American dance companies, celebrating the resiliency of spirit and the artistic community's commitment to rebuilding. The season kicks off with Ballet Hispanico on Jan. 15 at the Winspear Opera House. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week – Jan. 15-23
The City of Dallas and MLK Community Center will host their 39th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week of events including a Candle Lighting Ceremony and an Equity Symposium. 

38th Annual Black Music and The Civil Right Movement Concert – Jan. 17
Enjoy an award winning annual concert presented by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters from the comfort of your home! The concert tribute dramatizes contemporary moments of the Black Lives Matter crusade and the memories of the 1960's Civil Rights Movement.

Dallas Mavericks and Stars 2021 Season
Our favorite teams are back in action this month! The fan experience is safely and slowing coming back; you can read about what plans the Mavs and Stars have to welcome fans this season.