Everything You Need to Do in Dallas This Winter
Winter isn’t just about stress-eating your way through the holidays; there are plenty of other things to do, too, many of which are actually fun. This winter in Dallas, you'll get multiple chances to dance through the night, watch motorcycles soar through the air at a Supercross race, get your sip on at a whiskey tasting, and rap along with Chance the Rapper. See, we told you! Here’s everything you need to do in Dallas this winter.
Downtown Plano Arts District
Explore art while also enjoying some wine at the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk. Grab your glass, tasting card and wine guide and take a stroll through the neighborhood; there are about 20 wine stops every month, so be sure to pace yourself. There will also be live music and several shops to check out. This month’s theme is “Winter Onesie-land.”
Cost: Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door.
Dallas Farmers Market
Whether you’re Christmas shopping for your family or yourself, you’ll find some neat items to greedily snatch up at the Boho Market. The pop-up will feature more than 50 local artisans, farmers, ranchers, makers, and small businesses. There will also be live music, food and drinks.
Cost: Admission is free.
Starts & ends at Dallas City Hall Plaza
If you live south of Lovers Lane, the Dallas Marathon will be hard to miss -- more than 26 miles of roadways are shut down for it. Come out and cheer on the runners as they make their way through the city. Show your support in your neighborhood or look for a cheering party along the course.
Cost: $179-499 for marathon participants; free to watch.
Get your brunch on at the arboretum as the gardens host this holiday brunch featuring chicken and waffles, breakfast tacos, hash browns, a coffee bar, mimosas and Christmas cookies. Afterwards, walk off those calories with a nice stroll around the arboretum.
Cost: Brunch and admission is $60 for non-members.
American Airlines Center
What’s your favorite Cher song? Is it “I Got You Babe,” or “If I Could Turn Back Time,” or do you need to ask your parents? Whatever it is, you’ll likely hear it and plenty of other hits when Cher performs at the AAC. You never know when she’ll be back in Dallas, so fans best take full advantage.
Cost: Tickets start from $66.
December 27 - December 28
Dallas Market Hall
Lights All Night has become an annual tradition for many North Texans. This year the esteemed EDM festival turns 10, and once again it’s got an awesome lineup including Skrillex, Bassnectar, Virtual Self and dozens more. Come ready to dance the night away.
Cost: Single-day tickets start from $110.
Still looking for some New Year’s Eve plans? Head out to Lone Star NYE Live! The party will feature several DJs, live music, casino games, party favors, a champagne toast, and more. Texas Live! is home to several bars and restaurants, so you can bounce around throughout the night.
Cost: Tickets start from $70 and include drink tickets.
Dallas Museum of Art
On the second Thursday of the month, the Dallas Museum of Art stays open late and hosts a fun night of programming. For January’s Starman event, the museum highlights David Bowie. Come learn more about the artist and pop culture while you explore the museum. Bring some friends or make it a date night.
Cost: Tickets are $5.
Peticolas Brewing Company
The Peticolas Run Club is hosting a “3-ish” mile run and walk this January, allowing you to get a good workout in before sipping some tasty local brews. Participants will be treated to three free beers post-race, as well as a cool pint glass and a delicious breakfast. Whether you sprint or stroll, it doesn’t matter; everyone will earn some brews.
Cost: Tickets are $20.
January 16 - January 17
Children’s Health StarCenter, Farmers Branch
An outdoor ice rink? In Texas? Yep, that’s right. Head out to Farmers Branch for a night of skating under the stars. These are the last few days of the season that the rink will be open, so make sure you take advantage of it.
Cost: Admission is $10.
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
The Krewe of Orleans Mardi Gras Ball is back for another year. One of the biggest Mardi Gras parties in North Texas, this party never fails to impress. Dress up because this year’s theme is a “Year of Royalty.” Come prepared to rage.
Cost: General admission starts from $54.
This is where you need to be if you’re a whiskey fan. Whether you like scotch, bourbon, rye, or single malts, you’ll find it all at this tasting festival. General admission gets you 15 tasting tickets for 0.25-ounce pours.
Cost: General admission is $35.
You can literally say “I woke up like this” at this pub crawl. Put on your favorite onesie and get ready for some serious day drinking for up to 14 hours starting at noon. Along with drinks, you’ll find live entertainment, a costume contest and other fun along the way of this pub crawl.
Cost: Tickets start from $5.
American Airlines Center
The last time Chance the Rapper performed in Dallas, he played in a literal parking lot; now, he’s filling up the AAC on tour for his latest album, The Big Day. Chance was originally slated to perform in October, but the tour date was pushed back to January. He’ll be joined by Lil Yachty and his brother, Taylor Bennett.
Cost: Tickets start from $60.
Go for a run along White Rock Lake at the Too Cold To Hold race, with runners of all levels welcome to participate in either the 5K, 10K or half marathon. After the race, enjoy warm drinks, tasty food, music, and some brews.
Cost: Tickets start from $35.
Legal Draft Beer Co.
Soap-making and beer? Yes, you read that right. Come learn a new skill and enjoy some beer while you do it. This hands-on class, hosted at Legal Draft Beer Co., will teach you how to make soap, and you’ll get to take home two pounds of your own soap creations. Learn and sip, friends!
Cost: Tickets are $60.
Cedar Ridge Preserve
Get outside and try something different this February. Go through a walk at the Cedar Ridge Preserve, enjoy some coffee and find some cool birds, led by a tour guide. Funds raised will go to benefit Audubon Dallas and the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center.
Cost: Tickets are $15.
Supercross is coming to Dallas. Come see daredevil riders race around a track inside AT&T Stadium, making some sharp turns and flying off ramps. Whether you’re a fan of Supercross or you’re just looking for something fun to do, this sounds like an epic night.
Cost: Tickets start from $25.
Why sit at home and chill with a Netflix movie when you can see 10,000-pound trucks race and soar in the air? It’s loud, it’s intense, and it’s going to be literal truckloads of fun.
Cost: Tickets start at $35.
February 29 - March 1
American Airlines Center
“On a dark desert highway…” You can probably finish the lyrics to the epic “Hotel California,” which definitely hear when The Eagles perform at the AAC on their Hotel California 2020 Tour. They’ll be playing that famous album from beginning to end, along with many other hits.
Cost: Tickets start at $223.
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