Events in Arlington

With its professional sports teams, world-class stadiums, high-end shopping centers, and spectacular amusement parks, Arlington, Texas is a fantastic vacation destination for all travelers. In fact, there’s always something happening in Arlington throughout the year. Whether it’s one of college football’s historic bowl games or a unique cultural festival, the abundance of annual events in Arlington serves up a wealth of entertainment in addition to the town’s great attractions. If you’re planning a trip to the American Dream City, make sure to check out these major Arlington events so you don’t miss out.


Cotton Bowl Classic
In the first days of the new year, watch two of the NCAA’s best football teams face off for the prestigious Cotton Bowl title. This long-running college football tradition is played at the state-of-the-art AT&T Stadium.
425 Curtis Mathes Way
Arlington, TX 76018

Professional Bull Riders Iron Cowboy
See some of the world’s best bull riders and Western sports stars face off at this Professional Bull Riders-sanctioned event.
425 Curtis Mathes Way
Arlington, TX 76018


Lone Star Half Marathon & Mayor’s 5K
Get your training in to prepare for this Arlington half marathon and 5K run, which takes you on an early-morning jaunt on a course with varied terrain that takes you past many of Arlington’s top sites. Run through the University of Texas at Arlington and the entertainment district and past AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park, home of the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers respectively.
100 West Abram Street
Arlington, TX 76010


Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games
The unmistakable sounds of blowing bag pipes and the rhythmic steps of Highland Dancers can be heard and seen at Arlington’s mid-May Scottish cultural festival. Snack on savory Scottish food, shop for wares and crafts, and cheer on the athletes competing in traditional events like stone put and the hammer throw. All of the festivities are located within Maverick Stadium on the University of Arlington’s campus.
1307 W Mitchell Street
Arlington, TX 76013

Art on the Greene
Browse the works of 125 incredible artists from around the country at Art on the Greene, a three-day festival held at the scenic Richard Greene Linear Park in late May. Buy a snack from one of the food vendors on hand and find a spot in the park to sit back and take in a performance from a Texan band.
1601 East Randol Mill Road
Arlington, TX 76011

Levitt Pavilion Opening Weekend
Levitt Pavilion’s opening weekend kicks off a series of free outdoor concerts that lasts throughout the summer. Check the pavilion’s website to see the full lineup of performers as well as a schedule.
100 West Abram Street
Arlington, TX 76010


Be one of the first people to see a new play at Theatre Arlington, a participant in the American Association of Community Theatre’s NewPlayFest. Each year, theaters associated with the AACT produce a play that won a script competition put on by the organization. Theatre Arlington is only one of seven theaters in the country to be a part of this event, offering you the chance to see a true theatrical premiere.
305 West Main Street
Arlington, TX 76010

Light Up Arlington
Live music, food trucks, inflatable games, a petting zoo, face painting, and (of course) fireworks are all part of Arlington’s annual Independence Day celebration. Festivities are centered around the Levitt Pavilion and the Arlington Music Hall.   
100 West Abram Street
Arlington, TX 76010


Frame 4 Frame
Immerse yourself in the arts at this four-day music and film festival that includes concerts, art exhibitions, and screenings. These events are hosted at the Arlington Museum of Art, International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, and restaurants, bars, and theaters throughout town.
Various Locations
Arlington, TX 76010

EcoFest Arlington
Family-friendly entertainment and activities promoting environmental awareness are part of EcoFest Arlington, a mid-September community event in downtown Arlington. Listen to local bands perform at the Levitt Pavilion, play a game, munch on some tasty food, and watch a demonstration by the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center. Admission to this annual festival is free.
100 West Abram Street
Arlington, TX 76010

Six Flags Over Texas Fright Fest
From late September to the end of October, all manner of frightening creatures take over Six Flags Over Texas. Enjoy the thrilling rides during the day, then experience the haunted attractions and spooky surprises at night.
2201 East Road to Six Flags Street
Arlington, TX 76011


After Dark in the Park
Celebrate the arrival of autumn at the River Legacy Living Science Center for this kid-friendly festival with hayrides, karaoke, balloon artists, and food trucks. More than 20 activities are part of the three-day festival, such as storytelling under the stars, a camping exposition, and animal encounters.
703 Northwest Living Science Center
Arlington, TX 76006


Holiday in the Park
Revel in all the lights and colors of the holiday season at Six Flags Over Texas. From mid-November to January 1, the park is adorned with tons of colorful lights and festive decorations, and it hosts numerous shows. Grab a hot cocoa and a piping-hot s’more before visiting Santa’s workshop and hanging out with Jolly Old Saint Nick himself.
2201 East Road to Six Flags Street
Arlington, TX 76011

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