Downtown Arlington Seeks Cultural District Designation from Texas Commission on the Arts

Levitt Pavilion

Levitt Pavilion

From the colorful sculptures on display along busy streets to the diverse mix of concerts, shows and art exhibits offered year-round, it’s easy to identify downtown Arlington as a growing cultural arts destination within the city.

This summer, the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation (DAMC) submitted its second application to the Texas Commission on the Arts to have downtown Arlington designated as one of the state’s few Cultural Districts. There are only 28 state cultural districts in Texas and DAMC President and CEO Tony Rutigliano is eager to see the American Dream City included in the list.  Arlington should learn if it is being recommended for the designation later this month, with a final announcement expected in September.

Arlington Star

Arlington Star

The heart of the city is home to free concerts at the Levitt Pavilion, large and small festivals, the Arlington Museum of Art, Theatre Arlington, Arlington Music Hall, murals, fountains, artist studios and numerous cultural events at the University of Texas at Arlington. Recent public art additions to downtown include the Dream sculpture near the Levitt Pavilion as well as several sculptures that are part of the Arlington Museum of Art’s Star of Texas project.

Arlington Dream sculpture

Arlington Dream sculpture

We are keeping our fingers crossed that Downtown Arlington will be named to the State of Texas’ Cultural District!

Click HERE to read the full article at MyArlingtonTX


20 Reasons We Love Arlington

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We all know that Arlington is a great place to live, work, create–and have FUN!  Mark T Joeckel at recently compiled this list of 20 Reasons We Love Arlington.

Surprisingly, he didn’t include Six Flags/Hurricane Harbor.  Or the Texas Rangers.  OR… the Dallas Cowboys!  What would you add to this list?

Click here to read the list.

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AISD Breaks Ground on Career and Technical Center

Articles-AISD-03-07-16As reported in, the Arlington Independent School District broke ground and kicked off the construction phase of the new Career and Technical Center last week.

Articles-AISD-Career-Tech-Center-04-11-16The Career and Technical Center (CTC) will serve students from all district high schools, offering state-of-the-art courses in a wide variety of career and technical fields.

AISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos explained that the location of the future CTC is the geographical center point of Arlington’s student population distribution throughout the city. And this new building is about giving those students the tools to be successful in whatever endeavors they pursue. As they succeed, they will help the city of Arlington succeed.

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams enthusiastically supports the new facility and the opportunities it provides for AISD students. Williams hailed the partnership between the City of Arlington and the Arlington ISD and the importance of working together.  “We need to leverage everything we can to make our kids successful,” he said.

The Arlington City Council remains committed to supporting projects such as the Career and Technical Center that Support Quality Education.

The CTC is being built by Balfor Beatty Construction, following plans designed by VLK Architects. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.

Eat Around Arlington

Arlington has a growing population of restaurants popping up around the downtown area That are a refreshing change from the big chain establishments.

Try your appetite out on some of these options…

Grip Mediterranean Grill

Pie Five Pizza

Digg’s Taco Shop

Old School Pizza And Suds

Fluing Fish

Potager Cafe

Smiling Moose Deli

Grease Monkey Burger Shop

The Tin Cup

Capital Bar

Six Flags over Texas


I can’t tell you how many summer days and nights I spent at Six Flags while growing up in Arlington! I couldn’t wait until my kids were old enough to go and enjoy the rides and attractions…Lots of fond memories!

Well…the park is open on weekends now. Beginning May 15th, it will be open all week long until the end of the summer season. If you can, get a season’s pass! It’s nice to go on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening for a few hours when it’s not too hot and crowded! I understand they are soon to open a new ride,” The SkyScreamer!” It’s going to be the tallest swing ride ever…not for those afraid of heights!! Of course, there are still the standard roller coasters that are always a favorite of my family.

Go to to get all the scoop on tickets, calender and events.

A Planetarium in Arlington?

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

  • 700 Planetarium Place
  • Arlington, TX 76019
  • Phone: (817) 272-1183
  • Category: Things To Do
  • Sub-Category: Arts, Culture & Museums
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Looking for something different to do for date night, or a great family outing in Arlington?

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The supermassive black holes are all that remains of galaxies once all protons decay, but even these giants are not immortal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Planetarium at UT Arlington has a 60ft diameter dome, and recently upgraded to become the only planetarium in the state with a Digistar 4 system with DLP projectors. This state-of-the-art projection system will revolutionize the audience experience.The planetarium can project the stars as they look in the real sky as well as immerse the audience into a full dome animation show. The planetarium, 165 seating capacity, can take the audience into a mysterious Black Hole, on wild safari into the human body….or even to the world of lights and music with the rock N roll shows!

The Planetarium at UT Arlington
700 Planetarium Place
Arlington, TX 76019


The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington

The Levitt Pavilion Arlington is part  of the family of Levitt Pavilions across the country and the only one in Texas. The pavilion provides 50 free concerts a year with a broad-based, eclectic list of performers with local, regional, national and international musical acts from world music to jazz and reggae and country to hot Latin rhythms.

The Levitt Pavilion’s performing arts stage offers the perfect setting for an array of programs in music, dance and performance art. Audiences can take a cultural journey through authentic native rhythms one night, and sample America’s broad-based musical genres the next. Our adventures for children include exciting, interactive shows with magical characters that will leave young audiences mesmerized.

Located in Founders Plaza in the heart of Downtown Arlington, the Levitt Pavilion’s programs provide our community with an accessible gathering place for free music and performing arts open to everyone – all ages, all ethnicities, all neighborhoods and all income levels, especially those families who could not afford to enjoy and benefit from music and the performing arts in any other way. The Levitt Pavilion Arlington brings music and the performing arts to Arlington in a new way – available to everyone to enjoy under the stars.