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“Can you say Block Party”

Dallas Arts District
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Ranked #35 of 239 things to do in Dallas
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The country's largest urban arts district.
Grapevine, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Can you say Block Party”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Friday nights after 5pm the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Crowe Asian Art Collection open their doors for free and close off the streets for a truly entertaining block party. Bands perform in different venues and food vendors line the streets. Activities for families as well as couples looking for an inexpensive way to spend a friday night.

Visited March 2013
7 Thank RalphR2
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Shelby, North Carolina
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“World's Largest”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Dallas has a remarkable collection of performance halls, art museums, a theater, school of the arts, etc. all together within a few blocks There are plush hotels on the fringes and several churches including a magnificent cathedral. The Dallas Symphony is great I would think the other musical organizations would match it.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank pperrin
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Fairfax, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
253 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“A feast for the eye and the camera”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Downtown Dallas has setup a magnificent arts district covering about 68 acres that has one of the most amazing collections of buildings, public spaces, streets meant for walking covered with pavers, outdoor sculptures, and skyscrapers with aesthetics. Far from being a urban jungle, the buildings seem to participate in an orchestra of visual beauty. With renowned architects designing the buildings, like I.M. Pei and wealth sponsors springing for the expense like AT&T, downtown Dallas is a exhibition of what a planned urban landscape should be.

We went on a weekend in February - We have been to Dallas before, and July is not the best time. we were able to find public parking in front of the Trammell Crow building. The weekend rate was $3.00 for ten hours. From there we were able to walk the ten or more blocks around the Trammell Crow building that house some amazing constructions.

The Trammell Crow building itself is a multi faceted steel and glass and stone building and has a Asian art Museum housed right within it. Flowing water, outdoor sculptures, a Japanese rock garden with miniature streams made of white pebbles and small bridges and landscape elements are just outside the building.

The Dallas Art Museum is nearby with two large outdoor sculptures on poles drawing the eye. We did not go in but believe that the Museum admission is now free. We did go to the sculpture garden at the back of the building. We went to the Guadalupe Church and saw the fascinating exterior in juxtaposition with modern steel and glass buildings. We also saw the Opera House, Theater for performing arts, and many other buildings as well as one of the earliest African American churches that had remained segregated into the 1960s.

Expect to spend 2-3 hours walking around. There is also a tour arranged by a group that offers a walking tour of the art district with a knowledgeable guide taking you around to see each building and sight. During the weekend, we did not see (or notice) any moderate priced eating establishments around the area where the buildings are. You may want to pack a picnic lunch and eat in one of the parks that is over a freeway - there are plenty of food trucks selling food by the park.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Shutterbug35
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Springfield, Missouri
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very Artsy!!!”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Enjoyed the Arts, restaurants and PEOPLE watching. Great area to soak in the beat of Dallas. Went during the late afternoon, with a "native" Dallasite. Really a different feel from the rest of Dallas

Visited April 2012
2 Thank Beverly W
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Art Lovers”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Now here is a great place to stroll and especially if you like and appreciate art in many different forms. It is here, that you will find something that you did not expect to find, or expect to see how someone approached it. Very cool!

Visited March 2012
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