Spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks, the Dallas Arts District proves the whole everything’s-bigger-in-Texas thing in incredibly vibrant ways. Located in downtown Dallas, the Arts District also boasts more buildings designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects than anywhere else on the planet. What’s more, you can easily walk from venue to venue within the district, to experience multiple cultural delights in one visit. Add on a meal at one of several restaurants and you’ll really have a night — or day — to remember.
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If you’ve ever shown up to the opening night of a show making its Dallas debut and someone else has on the same outfit, you know that a quick change into another (equally elegant) outfit would be a relief. Well, if you lived across the street at HALL Arts Residences, you could easily pop home and do just that. The recently opened 28-story tower features only 48 luxury residences, each with impeccable views and luxurious amenities that will make it hard to ever leave. (Except for a really great show.) You’ll find several available now with varying prices.
Spread across 10 acres, the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center operates three of the country’s most impressive performance venues, including the Winspear Opera House for Broadway touring productions, concerts and other visiting performers; the Wyly Theater, home to Dallas Theater Center productions; and Strauss Square, a glorious outdoor venue with a spacious lawn for enjoying a variety of musical performances, staged events and movie screenings.
Founded in 1976, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre has been thrilling audiences with contemporary modern dance at the highest level of artistic excellence. Each season, the company produces numerous shows and welcomes visiting performers to tell stories through the powerful, emotional medium of movement.
Inside the breathtaking Meyerson Symphony Center designed by I.M. Pei, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of Fabio Luisi and his team of conductors. Special performances such as movies shown with live orchestral accompaniment and mobile symphony-performance trucks bring the gift of music to even more people throughout the city than symphony nights alone.
With the exception of special exhibits, the DMA offers free general admission to the public. Each month, it also produces special late-night programming that helps remove some of the barriers to enjoying art in Dallas. Current and upcoming exhibitions include Jean-Michel Basquiat: “Sam F” and “Van Gogh and the Olive Groves.”
The Crow family has long been collecting Asian art and shares it with visitors and the citizens of Dallas alike, to appreciate the diverse cultures of Asia, including China, Japan, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines, among several other nations. From ancient to contemporary, the art on display brings to life this part of the world in fantastic ways.
Every visit to the Nasher Sculpture Center offers a different experience, depending on the time of day and how the light hits the amazing works of art in the outdoor garden, as well as what’s currently on display. The 2.4-acre site sits across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art in one direction and the Crow Museum of Asian Art in another, making it ideal to pop between venues for a well-rounded day of artistic indulgence.
And when you’re ready to relax with a cold beverage or a quick meal from one of the many visiting food trucks, the delightful Klyde Warren Park will surely make your day. Situated over a freeway between Uptown and Downtown, the 5.2-acre green space offers free daily programming and plenty of entertainment opportunities, from leisurely strolls to movies on the big screen and the always over-the-top annual fundraiser, Party in the Park, returning this October.
*Some venues may be temporarily closed or operating at a limited capacity because of COVID-19. Please call ahead or visit the websites for up-to-date information.