Arts & Culture
You’ll find a lively cultural scene in Arlington as the city celebrates the pleasures of Texas living. Music, theater, art and cultural events are offered year-round, with plenty of opportunities for both children and adults.
Arlington Museum of Art
- Since 1952, the Arlington Museum of Art has showcased an impressive collection of Texas contemporary art and highlighted various traveling exhibitions for the cultural enrichment of the public. Art education programs for children and adults are among the many year-round programs offered to help develop a lifelong passion for the arts. This 4 floor museum is focused on bringing outstanding exhibitions to the four floors of the facility that inspire, inform and challenge our local visitors, as well as tourists from outside the Metroplex. This facility features world-class art exhibitions and companion curated exhibits. The AMA offers educational and instructional programs for adults and children. The museum partners with local educational institutions to bring high quality art education, experiences and programs for local visitors and tourists to the North Texas area. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and 12 and under are free with a family.
Arlington Music Hall
- Constructed in 1949, the historic Arlington Music Hall has been renovated to include an expanded stage, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and sophisticated new décor. Featuring a variety of music artists of many genres, the popular music venue also hosts private parties and special events.
Art on the Greene
- Held in the Richard Greene Linear Park, next to the Caelum Moor sculptures, this outdoor festival showcases the work of 80 different artists from across the country.
- This 540-ton, 5-acre work of art in Richard Greene Linear Park was created by sculptor Norm Hines, professor of art at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. It consists of five free-standing sculptures ranging in height from 8 to 30 feet. A self-guided walking tour is available online. Each group of stones has its own Celtic name, hearkening back to the megalithic monuments of old.
Arlington Community Band
- The city’s official band was formed in 1976 in honor of the American Bicentennial. The nonprofit wind and percussion ensemble features 75 adult musicians performing throughout the DFW Metroplex. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Arlington Goodtimes Chorus
- This award-winning men’s A Capella chorus is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Their performances encompass everything from barbershop standards to modern ballads. They even offer singing Valentine’s Day greetings for your loved one!
Arlington Master Chorale
- Considered one of the finest volunteer choruses in the DFW area, this talented choir performs with local classical orchestras as well as making appearances in major venues like Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts.
Fielder House Museum
- Home to the Arlington Historical Society, this historic two-story brick house at the corner of Fielder and Abram Streets features permanent galleries and rotating exhibits relating to the history of Arlington and the surrounding communities.
International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame
- This unique museum is devoted to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the 5,000-year history of the worldwide sport of bowling. This 18,000-square-foot facility collects and preserves items relating to the history of bowling while recognizing the sport’s top athletes. Life-sized replicas, touch-screen kiosks, film montages and interactive games allow visitors of all ages to learn more about innovations changing the way we view this global pastime. In the facility’s Hall of Fame, rare photos and vintage film clips tell the stories of bowling’s greatest legends, and the museum features one-of-kind artifacts and exhibits for a fun, interactive experience.
Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts
- The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts presents over 50 free outdoor concerts each year, showcasing everything from home-grown Texas country to jazz, world music and hot Indie artists. Special Children’s shows are offered periodically to teach young audiences lessons about self-esteem, good manners and the world around them while encouraging a lifelong love of music.
Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame
- Honoring the many people who helped shape the history of Texas Rangers Baseball, the Baseball Hall of Fame at Globe Life Park in Arlington includes photos, memorabilia, plaques and other exhibits. The Hall of Fame is located behind right field and can accommodate up to 600 people on three levels.
- Founded as the Potluck Players 44 years ago, Theater Arlington entertains more than 33,000 patrons each season with Broadway-style musicals, dramas and comedies.
The Gallery at UT Arlington
- This art venue, sponsored by the UT Arlington Department of Art and Art History, showcases the works of graduating seniors at the annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition each spring. Regional and national exhibitions are highlighted in the main gallery.
The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Music
- The Music Department presents faculty and student performances at Iron Recital Hall, Texas Hall and the Fine Arts Building, as well as concerts by visiting artists.
The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Theatre Arts
- UT Arlington delights audiences each season with high-quality student productions at its Mainstage and Studio theaters located in the Fine Arts Building.
The University of Texas at Arlington Planetarium
- The Planetarium offers live stargazing as well as various prerecorded programs on a 60-foot dome screen. Check the website’s “Now Showing” section for public show times.
The Upstairs Gallery
- Featuring Arlington area artists since 1967, this gallery showcases paintings in oil, watercolor, and mixed media, plus photography pottery and jewelry. Classes and workshops are offered for artists of all levels, from beginners to professionals.
- Offering music concerts with superb cultural and educational value, Symphony Arlington performs in the historic Arlington Music Hall. 93 professional musicians hailing from over 19 different nations make up the orchestra, which is now in its 17th season.
Each year, more than seven million visitors flock to Arlington to experience all that our beautiful city has to offer. Home to the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers, the original Six Flags Over Texas, and much more, Arlington is a great choice for family entertainment all throughout the year.
Arlington Convention Center
- In the heart of Arlington's Entertainment District, this spacious convention center has a 48,600 square-foot, column-free exhibit area, a 30,000 square-foot Grand Hall and 8,500 square feet of meeting room space. Centrally-located in the United States and DFW Metroplex 10 miles from D/FW International Airport, the world's third busiest airport 30 minutes from Dallas Love Field, headquarters of Southwest Airlines Across from Globe Life Park in Arlington, Six Flags Over Texas. Walking distance to new AT&T Stadium. Minutes from Hurricane Harbor, Lincoln Square Shopping Center and plenty of retail and restaurants.
College Park Center
- This $78 Million, 218,000-square-foot entertainment complex on the University of Texas at Arlington campus was named on Billboards list of “Renovated Venues Reshaping the Nation’s Touring Circuit.” The 7,000-seat complex is home court for the UTA basketball and volleyball teams, the WNBA Dallas Wings, high profile concerts and special events.
- Epic Waters is DFW’s newest indoor waterpark in Grand Prairie, TX, showcasing 80,000 sq. ft. of year-round water fun! Just walking distance from The Epic, Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is an incredible 80,000 square foot indoor/outdoor, open year-round waterpark with a beautiful curved, retractable roof. Referred to as a “cruise ship on land,’ there will be something for every member of your family. Eleven waterslides are featured on the waterpark’s slide tower, and three of these slides are ‘first of their kind’ within the waterpark industry. An outdoor wave pool will be sure to excite, as well as birthday parties, private rentals, and events that will be held year-round.
Fourth of July Parade
- Every year on Independence Day, between 50,000 and 70,000 people line the streets of Arlington to experience the spectacle of the annual Fourth of July Parade. The parade is organized and staged by the all-volunteer non-profit organization, the Arlington 4th of July Association, that depends solely on sponsorships for funding.The celebration, which marked its 50th anniversary in 2015, takes a two-mile route through the city, starting near UT Arlington’s College Park Center. Parade entries include: marching bands, exotic automobiles, military color guards, clowns and, of course, floats. An award ceremony is held after the parade at Knapp Heritage Park (201 W. Front Street) to recognize excellence and ingenuity in several categories.
Holiday Lights Parade
- Thousands of people gather in the Downtown/University District in early December to enjoy the annual Holiday Lights Parade, which has become one of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions. The pageantry includes the lighting of the Christmas tree on the steps of City Hall, and photos with Santa take place at the Levitt Pavilion in Founder’s Plaza (100 W. Abram Street).
Molly Hollar Wildscape
- In 1994, members of the Arlington Conservation Council and the Arlington Organic Garden Club founded the Molly Hollar Wildscape on half an acre in Veteran’s Park as part of an effort to demonstrate the importance of ecosystem preservation and the benefits of native plants. Since then, the Wildscape has expanded into a tract of 4 gorgeous acres and stands as one of the best places in the Arlington area to connect with nature.
River Legacy Living Science Center
- The River Legacy Living Science Center is the gateway to River Legacy Park and features a sustainable design that has a minimal impact on the environment. Surrounded by oak groves, the 12,000-square-foot nature center offers interactive exhibits, nature trails, aquariums, terrariums with native wildlife, and a variety of educational programs and events. The Acorns Gift Shop sells nature-inspired gifts, books, home decor, gardening items, handcrafted jewelry and more. Proceeds from the gift shop help support the Science Center and its programs.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
- Spanning 47 acres, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor offers bigger, better, and wetter thrills. The family-friendly park’s newest water slides include Tsunami Surge, Typhoon Twister, and Hook’s Lagoon. The Sea Wolf and the Dive Bomber are crowd favorites. The park is open from May through September and offers rides for all ages.
Six Flags Over Texas
- A popular family destination for more than 50 years, the original Six Flags Theme Park offers more than 100 rides and attractions, plus live entertainment and seasonal events. The newest attraction for thrill seekers is the world’s largest loop coaster, El Diablo. The coaster takes riders forward and backward on a gigantic loop before suspending them upside down for plenty of adrenaline-pumping hang-time. Along with family favorites like Roaring Rapids and the Runaway Mine Train, the park is home to the number one-rated wooden coaster, the Texas Giant, and two Gotham City-themed thrill rides, Batman the Ride and Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast. The newly expanded Bugs Bunny Boomtown offers brand new, kid-themed rides and attractions for thrill-seekers-in-training.
Arlington Highlands on I-20 between Matlock Road and Center Street
- The Arlington Highlands is a lifestyle-themed shopping destination featuring more than 100 stores, restaurant and entertainment venues.
Champions Park on the Northside of I-30 and Collins Street
- Champions Park has approximately 80,000 square feet of space available for restaurants and retail, with restaurants taking up about 60 percent of the space. Businesses within this 14-acre development started opening in 2017.
Lincoln Square on the Southside of I-30 and Collins Street
- (I-30 and Collins Street) is located in the heart of the Entertainment District and offers more than 80 shops plus eateries, bars and a variety of services.
The Parks Mall at Arlington at I-20 and Cooper
- The Parks Mall features more than 200 stores plus a wide choice of restaurants and a fun entertainment are with movie theaters, a children’s carousel and an ice skating rink.