Get ready, Weekend Warriors, because you’ve got an extra day to play and lots of fun possibilities for things to do in Arlington. Available for your Memorial Weekend consideration:
Art on the Greene*FREE*
Now in its sixth year, this family-friendly arts fest has quickly become a headline act on the outdoor events scene in Arlington. Stop by and check out 100-plus national, regional and local artists showcasing original works in a diversity of mediums, including ceramic, drawing, fiber, glass, leather, metal, photography and more. After you’ve picked up a few treasures, stick around for the festival’s daily lineup of free concerts and tasty food and beverages. Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lawn chairs recommended. Get more tips for your visit.
U2: The Joshua Tree Tour
Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Rangers host the Rays in a Memorial Day showdown at Globe Life Park. Promotion: Patriotic Rangers caps. Find out more and get tickets. Monday at 7:05 p.m.
Live Music at the Levitt Pavilion *FREE*
Take your pick of three free shows, or take in all three acts on deck for Memorial weekend: Indie artist Sarah Jaffe (Friday at 8 p.m.); rocker Jonathan Tyler (Saturday at 8 p.m.); or Grammy-nominated Tejano music from La Tropa F (Sunday at 8 p.m.). Get tips for your Levitt visit.
Six Flags Over Texas
Start your summer on an adrenaline high with world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and more—and if it gets hot, you can cool off with that yummiest of Six Flags traditions, like pink thing Dippin’ Dots. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday-Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Get Six Flags tickets.
Arlington Museum of Art: “Milton Greene: Women” [Admission under $10 per person]
Hailed by the legendary Richard Avedon as “the greatest photographer of women,” Milton Greene’s subjects included luminaries like Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, just to name a few, and his most famous subject, Marilyn Monroe. Friday and Saturday/Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“Legally Blonde: The Musical” at Theatre Arlington
Enjoy a fun-filled musical romp with the fashion-savvy, always-perky, always-pink Elle Wood, a UCLA sorority girl whose improbable admission into Harvard Law School results in a series of hilarious adventures and a feel-good journey of self-discovery. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Planetarium at UT-Arlington [Admission Under $10]
One of Arlington’s best-kept secrets is also one of our coolest attractions. Now showing: “Phantom of the Universe”, “Pink Floyd”, “Big Bird’s Adventure”, “Astronaut”, and “Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket.” Friday through Sunday – see website for showtimes.
Picnic in the park *FREE*
Sunny or cloudy, there’s nothing like a picnic in the park, an early morning nature walk, or a few turns on the swing set with your kids to start your summer right. Most Arlington parks open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., find one near you.
Play, climb, explore and more
Take advantage of an extra day of play to indulge in deep-dive fun at destinations like Alley Cats (arcade games, Putt-Putt golf, bowling and more); K-1 Speed (it’s not your daddy’s go-kart, baby); the International Bowling Hall of Fame (who doesn’t need a customized bowling ball?); Dyno-Rock (indoor climbing for all ages and abilities) and other family-friendly Arlington attractions.
Photo credit: U2 in their 360 degree world tour in 2009 at AT&T Stadium.