On Tap: Dallas Startup Week, iMake, & Big Texas Beer Fest

Browse our curated selection of events to plan your next week — and beyond.

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North Texas is a big place, with plenty to do, see, hear, and watch. So, we scour the internet every week to find events and activities for you.  As always, events may change at any time, so check event website or registration page for the latest details.


THURSDAY, MARCH 30 

ENTREPRENEUR SUMMIT
Embassy Suites Dallas Frisco, 7600 John Q Hammons Dr., in Frisco
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Join the Entrepreneur Summit for a day of proven business growth strategies, innovative ideas, and leadership development from some of today’s top entrepreneurs such as Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec, GoodThink’s Amy Blankson, and Match.com Co-Founder and GrowthX Founder, Will Bunker. Network with top entrepreneurs and business leaders and walk away with the resources, education, and relationships you need to take your business to the next level.

Tickets range from $39 to $349. Purchase tickets and learn more information here.


FRIDAY, MARCH 31 

PEOPLESPRING – NETWORKING & LEADERSHIP FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
IDEA Works FW, 600 E. Rosedale St., in Fort Worth
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join PeopleSpring for this lunch and learn with fellow women entrepreneurs designed to help you meet and establish contacts with women leaders. 

Free. Find more information here.


FRIDAY, MARCH 31 — SATURDAY, APRIL 1 

BIG TEXAS BEER FEST 2017
Fair Park Automobile Building, 1010 1st Ave., in Dallas
March 31 from 6 – 11 p.m.
April 1 from 1 – 6:30 p.m.

Choose from more than 500 beers including exclusive/rare beers, one-offs, and special firkins from 120 breweries in this festival focused on the craft beer scene in North Texas and the state. The event will also include food trucks, local artisanal food vendors, and live music performances. 

Tickets start at $35. Purchase tickets and find more information here.


SATURDAY, APRIL 1

CITY OF FORT WORTH EARTH PARTY
Fort Worth Water Gardens, 1502 Commerce St., in Fort Worth
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Learn about sustainable living and the environment through interactive exhibits and catch the the Trashion recycled fashion show in the city’s event to celebrate Cowtown Cleanup volunteers and kick off “Earth Month.” The outdoor festival also includes entertainment, giveaways, and food vendors. 

Free. More information can be found here.

iMAKE MAKER FEST 
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., in Fort Worth 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Make 3D art, see robot demos, transform your smart phone into a 3D hologram viewer, and participate in other hands-on activities during this event to celebrate the Maker movement. 

Admission to iMake is included with museum exhibit admission. Find more information here


MONDAY, APRIL 3 – FRIDAY, APRIL 7 

DALLAS STARTUP WEEK
Time and locations vary by day and event 

The free, five-day celebration of the area’s startup community will include numerous panels, mentor sessions, and happy hour events focusing on a cross-section of entrepreneurship from technology to fashion. 

Learn more and see a full schedule of events here.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 – FRIDAY, APRIL 7 

HITEC DALLAS LEADERSHIP SUMMIT & HITEC 50 AWARDS LUNCHEON 
Time and location varies by day and event 

Join the Hispanic IT Executive Council for its 2017 Spring HITEC Dallas Leadership Summit & HITEC 50 Awards Luncheon. Hear from executives from companies such as J.C. Penney, Capital One, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

Find the full agenda and registration information here


THURSDAY, APRIL 6 

WINNING OR LOSING IN THE AGE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Gardere, 2021 McKinney Ave. Suite 1600, in Dallas
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Stephane Mallard, digital evangelist at Blu Age Corporation, will talk about the implications of artificial intelligence across various aspects of modern life from medicine to art and how businesses can adapt to the changes and understand the ethical issues AI brings up. 

Tickets are $35 for Global Chamber members and $45 for nonmembers. Reservations are due by April 3. Register and find more information here.

2017 DALLAS CIO EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, 2121 McKinney Ave., in Dallas
7:30 am. – 5:30 p.m.  

Technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and hyper-convergence are transforming the ways to do business. Enterprise leaders will discuss the leadership traits and skills technology leaders should have in the next era of digital business. Sessions are designed to help attendees develop an action plan to implement in their businesses. Speakers include leaders from Essilor of America, Pearson Partners International, Inc., Axon Global, and Fossil. 

For registration and full event schedule, go here.

TECH TRENDS IN RESTAURANT AND RETAIL
Addison Conference Centre, 15650 Addison Road, in Addison
2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

REVTECH’s fifth annual “Tech Trends in Restaurant & Retail” event will feature quick pitches by accelerator graduate companies, and an opening keynote presentation from Jeff Donaldson, Intriosity CEO and former GameStop CIO.

Tickets range from $20-$40. Learn more about the event and purchase tickets here.

ART TALK AND ONE-NIGHT PERFORMANCE AS PART OF THE EXHIBIT PARTIAL VISIBILITY
The MAC, 1601 S. Ervay St., in Dallas 
7 – 9 p.m.

As part of Alicia Eggert’s current exhibition, Partial Visibility, The MAC will host an artist talk and one-night dance performance. Dancers from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area will interpret and perform a stanza from Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise,” in Morse code using tap, step, and other rhythmic dance movements. The performance will take place in the gallery in the company of Above and Beyond, a large-scale steel sculpture that takes the form of a staircase constructed of the words “RISE” and “TREAD,” which Eggert made in collaboration with Joshua Williams.

More information can be found here


THURSDAY, APRIL 6 — SUNDAY, APRIL 9 

SAVOR DALLAS
Opening Night: April 6
Marie Gabrielle Restaurant & Gardens, 2728 N. Harwood St., in Dallas
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Shaken + Stirred: April 7
Happiest Hour, 2616 Olive St., in Dallas
7 – 10 p.m.

The Grand Tasting: April 8
Centennial Hall, 1001 Washington St., in Dallas
7 – 10 p.m.

The Reserve Tasting: April 8
Centennial Hall, 1001 Washington St., in Dallas
6 – 8 p.m.

Community Brunch: April 9
Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood St., in Dallas 
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Savor Dallas pairs North Texas’ top restaurant and chefs with wines from local, national and international wineries and winemakers, along with spirits purveyors and craft breweries.  

Tickets range from $55 to $400. Learn more about Savor Dallas here.


SNEAK PEEKS:

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 

TRINITY RIVER CONSERVATION CORPS’ CORPORATE DAY OF SERVICE
Moore Park, 1900 E. 8th St., Dallas

8:30 a.m.

Help pick up trash, perform trail maintenance, and other beautification efforts in the Trinity River Corridor either as an individual or part of a team with the Trinity River Conservation Corps.

Free. Register and find more information here.

EDUCATION TO EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK LUNCH
Dallas Regional Chamber, 500 N. Akard St., Suite 2600, in Dallas
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Join the Dallas Regional Chamber for the second installment of its 2017 Education to Employment Outlook Series which takes a look at education and workforce legislative topics being discussed during the 85th Legislative Session. 

Speakers include Robbie Briggs, president and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty; Russell Cosby, executive vice president at JLL; and Anne Wicks, director of education reform at the George W. Bush Institute. They will discuss how their businesses and future workforce and property values could be affected by possible legislation.  

Tickets are $25 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Register and find more information here.


FRIDAY, APRIL 7 — SUNDAY, APRIL 9

DEEP ELLUM ARTS FESTIVAL
2900-3400 Main St., in Dallas
Begins at 11 a.m. all three days

The free, three-day, Deep Ellum Arts Festival features more than 200 decorative and visual artists selling and commissioning original works, and 150 original bands and performance artists.

For more information, visit deepellumartsfestival.com


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