Masterpieces await at every turn in the Dallas Arts District, from paintings and sculptures to live stage productions and symphonic performances. Spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks, the Dallas Arts District proves the whole “everything’s bigger in Texas” thing in incredibly beautiful ways. Located in downtown Dallas, it also boasts more buildings designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects than anywhere else on the planet. And 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 to remember.
Of course, should you really, truly fall in love with the district, you can work with the team at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty to make it your permanent address, too, in homes that are themselves high-rise works of art. Below, find a roundup of the top destinations and experiences in the Dallas Arts District, whether you’re visiting for the day or sticking around for years.
HALL Arts Residences and HALL Arts Hotel
If you’ve ever shown up at the opening night of a Broadway show making its Dallas Arts District debut and someone else has on the same outfit, you know how a quick change into another snazzy outfit would be a relief. Well, if you lived across the street at HALL Arts Residences, you could easily pop home to your closet and do just that! The recently opened 28-story tower features only 48 luxury residences, each with impeccable views and amenities that will make it hard to ever leave your front door. You’ll find several units available now, listed by Cindi Caudle and Kyle Richards. Plus, with the HALL Arts Hotel on the same block, you can invite guests to stay for the weekend, and they can have their own private space. The delightful Ellie’s Restaurant makes a perfect excuse for not cooking, too.
AT&T Performing Arts Center
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 the Strauss Square, a glorious outdoor venue with a spacious lawn for enjoying a variety of musical performances, staged events and movie screenings. They’re all part of the greater Dallas Arts District and among the major draws to the area.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
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 they produce numerous shows in the Dallas Arts District and welcome visiting performers to tell stories through the powerful, emotional medium of movement.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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 — all making the Dallas Arts District a lively place nearly every day and night of the week.
Dallas Museum of Art
With the exception of special exhibits, the DMA offers free general admission to the public. Each month, the Dallas Arts District centerpiece also produces special late-night programming that helps remove some of the barriers to enjoying art in Dallas. Current exhibitions include “Movement: The Legacy of Kineticism,” “Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form” and “Saints, Sinners, Lovers, and Fools: 300 Years of Flemish Masterworks.”
Crow Museum of Asian Art
The Crow family has long been collecting Asian art and offers it up to 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 artwork on display in this spectacular Dallas Arts District venue brings to life this part of the world in fantastic ways.
Nasher Sculpture Center
Every visit to the Nasher offers a different experience, depending on the time of day and how the light hits 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 these three Dallas Arts District venues for a well-rounded day of artistic indulgence.
Klyde Warren Park
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 the Dallas Arts District 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.