The holidays might be over, but that doesn't mean the DFW area stops having fun. There are dozens of entertaining events taking place throughout the metroplex, so shake those winter blues and make plans with friends. Here are some of the top museum exhibits, bridal shows, festivals, concerts, and other activities to check out during January. Happy New Year, everyone!
Journey to Space Exhibit at the Perot Museum (All Month)
Visiting the Perot is always a good idea, but this month is an especially fun time to do so. The museum is currently hosting a 10,000-square-foot, two-lab space station simulator! Children and adults of all ages can feel as though they've ventured on to an authentic spacecraft, complete with robotic arms and water rockets. A ticket to the museum gives you access to the International Space Station's Destiny module, so go ahead and plan your visit. Tickets are $19 to $28 for nonmembers and the special space exhibit runs through May.
Josh Abbott Band at Billy Bob's Texas (January 5)
This Friday, Josh Abbott and his gang will grace the stage of the world-famous honkey tonk in Fort Worth. Stop by, grab a drink, and two-step to the band's most popular hits. You can buy seated tickets or general admission tickets, depending on what kind of experience you prefer. The concert is fast approaching, so if you want to snag some tickets, do so ASAP.
The North Dallas Toy Show (January 6)
This Saturday, Farmers Branch will play host to a monthly exhibit of both new and old toys. Join in the fun and browse impressive collections of everything from action figures to comic books. Kids will get a kick out of the vast display of toys, and adults will have fun reminiscing about their childhoods as they gaze at playthings from decades ago. Admission is $2 and free for children under the age of 12. Click here to learn more about the event and plan your trip.
The Bridal Show in Las Colinas (January 7)
Although January isn't exactly a part of wedding season, now is the time to prepare for late summer and fall weddings. If you're a bride-to-be, gather up your girlfriends and head to the Irving Convention Center this weekend. You'll be able to browse everything from gorgeous wedding dresses to brand new 2018 decor trends. Plus, there are giveaways, professional wedding business booths, and a fashion show. Show up at 12:00 PM and get cracking on the plans for your perfect day. Admission is $10 for adults.
Truth: 24 frames per second Exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art (Now - January 28)
An intriguing exhibition of film and video, this cinematic event covers over six decades of work in a truthful and striking manner. It's the first time the Dallas Museum of Art has dedicated an exhibit to time-based media, and the diversity of the presentation tackles race relations, sexual identity, the media's role in society, and many other important contemporary themes. Visit The Dallas Museum of Art's website to learn more.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo (January 12 - February 3)
Are you truly a Texan if you've never mosied down to the Fort Worth Stock Yards? This month is the perfect opportunity to embrace your inner Lone Star spirit and have fun at the classic livestock show. Enjoy traditional foods, live music, and awesome entertainment. There are also fun Western shops to check out, so bring your wallet. Don't worry: even the kids will have fun with the various interactive activities and exciting sights. To learn more or plan your visit, click on this link.
Lewisville Gun Show (January 13 - 14)
More than 400 tables will be filled with guns, ammo, knives, and other shooting supplies at this event. Come to buy, sell, or simply have fun perusing the various wares. Tickets are $8 for adults at the door, but you can save a dollar by purchasing them online, so prepare in advance if you want to check out this gun show.
Zest Fest in Irving (January 26- 28)
If you gobble up spicy foods regularly, then you absolutely must participate in this fiery food experience. There will be cooking demos by famous chefs, live music, contests, and of course, tons of flaming food samples. There is also a Wingstop's Atomic wing eating contest and a jalapeno eating contest you can participate in or watch. ZestFest has been growing in popularity over the past 16 years, so plan to join the crowds at the Irving Convention Center and partake in a little flavorful fun. To learn more, click here.
Dallas Bridal Show (January 27 - 28)
As I said before, this is the best time to get started on all your wedding plans, so hit up the upscale bridal show at the Dallas Market Hall. The event is in its 29th year, so it's had plenty of time to grow and perfect itself. More than 300 different wedding businesses will be present to help get your plans started, and there will be giveaways, fashion shows, and more. Tickets are $12 for adults.
What events are you planning to attend during January? Leave other ideas in the comments below!