square feet of versatile space, offers walking art tours and
the Anatole Art Dine-Around program. It’s the ultimate
art-culinary passport, pairing 15 global works with their
Arlington upped its game with the August 2018 debut of
Texas Live! Located between Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium, the billion-dollar-plus entertainment and dining district
includes the 5,000-capacity Arlington Backyard for open-air
events. For more intimate functions, local creative champions include the Arlington Museum of Art; Theater Arlington,
founded in 1973 by the Potluck Players; and opened in 1950
as a movie house, the historic Arlington Music Hall.
Building on its core sports market, booming Frisco is the
new headquarters of PGA of America. Slated for 2022, the
relocation will reportedly anchor a 600-acre, mixed-use development with two championship courses, a 500-room Omni
resort, a 127,000-square-foot conference center and more.
Meanwhile, Frisco’s growing roster of cultural tour and
event venues includes the National Videogame Museum,
Frisco Heritage Museum and Museum of the American
Railroad, where groups can dine or socialize aboard a
historic Pullman coach.
Over the last decade-plus, Fortune 500 stronghold Irving
has diversified its group appeal with major projects like its
three-phase convention district, which includes the transformative $200 million Toyota Music Factory. The venue
comprises the convertible 8,000-seat indoor/outdoor Live
Nation Pavilion, an Alamo Drafthouse cinema, multiple
dining and nightlife options, and free live music on the
Now America’s 15th largest me- tropolis, the “City of Cowboys and Culture” keeps expanding. Arts are
part of the boom.
“Fort Worth has been recognized
as a cultural mecca between the
coasts,” said Mitch Whitten, Visit Fort
Worth’s executive vice president of
marketing. “Five world-class museums,
most offering free admission, line the
Cultural District. An array of theaters
present programming nightly, while jazz
and country music fill the streets and
concert halls. Entrepreneurs are revolu-
tionizing the culinary space. Groups
have much to discover.”
Evoking a grand European opera
house, Bass Performance Hall (www.
basshall.com) is home to the Fort Worth
Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet
Theater and Fort Worth Opera, along
with the esteemed Van Cliburn Interna-
tional Piano Competition and Cliburn
Concerts. All organizations are open
to events and pop-ups such as Opera
Shots, a cocktail hour serenaded by Fort
Worth Opera singers.
Rentals include the Grand Lobby,
Founders Concert Theater and fourth-floor Mezzanine Lobby, its balcony set
between two 48-foot-tall trumpeting
angels overlooking Sundance Square.
Groups can also book the Van Cliburn
Recital Hall and McDavid Studio at the
adjacent Maddox-Muse Center.
Slated for a November 2019
inauguration by Texas country music
superstar George Strait, the new $540
million, 14,500-seat Dickies Arena
( https://dickiesarena.com) aims to
sound like Bass Hall with its fine-tuned
custom acoustic ceiling. Decorative
narrative touches include tiled lassos
and banisters with stainless steel
The Cultural District’s group-ca-pable institutions include the Modern
Art Museum of Fort Worth (www.
themodern.org). Dating to 1892 and
recast in concrete and glass in 2002,
the museum’s pavilions appear to float
in the surrounding reflecting pond.
Transporting, too, are the adjacent
Kimbell Art Museum ( www.kimbellart.
org) and nearby Amon Carter Museum
of American Art ( www.cartermuseum.
org), from celebrated architects Louis
Kahn and Phillip Johnson, respectively.
The latter, along with the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame (www.
cowgirl.net), is scheduled to complete
renovations in early spring 2019.
Heritage treasures include the Casa
Manana Theater ( www.casamanana.
org). Renowned for bringing Broadway
to Fort Worth in 1936, the “House
of Tomorrow” opened its pioneering
geodesic dome in 1958. The adjacent
Will Rogers Memorial Center (www.
willrogersmemorialcenter.com) is an Art
Deco classic, also from 1936.
Nearby, the Fort Worth Botanic
Gardens ( www.fwbg.org) offers indoor
and outdoor event spaces along with
healthy break options such as tai chi,
yoga and tea time. Flexible venues at
the nationally acclaimed Fort Worth
Zoo ( www.fortworthzoo.org) include the
lush gardens of the Museum of Living
The recently reopened C. R. Smith
Museum ( www.crsmithmuseum.org)
celebrates the history of Fort Worth
corporate fixture American Airlines.
Fort Worth Blackhouse (www.
fwblackhouse) puts a hip spin on the
shared economy model with local cou-
ple Noel and Sara Viramontes offering
their 1915 wood-frame home for select
event rental. The Foundry District
( https://thefoundrydistrictfw.com) is the
“cultural revitalization” of the West Side
just north of the Cultural District featur-
ing 40-plus restaurants, shops, creative
offices and event venues to date.
C. R. SMITH MUSEUM
KIMBELL ART MUSEUM
FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDENS
LIVE MUSIC AT MCCALL PLAZA, PLANO
DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT