Downtown Arlington

There's no better spot for a weekend of arts, culture, shopping, and fun than downtown Arlington. A vibrant destination for all ages, downtown Arlington offers a perfect blend of Texas hospitality and exciting city life.  

With a historic square and lots of exceptional shops and restaurants, Downtown Arlington is a must-visit on your next Texas getaway. While there's too much to see in just one trip, we've compiled some of our favorites below to get you started!


So much sight-seeing and shopping to be had, you're bound to work up an appetite. Be sure to take a break (or two!) and enjoy one of the many delicious Downtown Arlington restaurants featuring classics like delicious BBQ.


tray of barbecue, macaroni and cheese and potato saladHurtado Barbecue 


If some Texas BBQ is calling your name, head to Hurtado Barbecue for their famous and distinctive Mexican-inspired BBQ.

Stop by the cozy J.R. Bentley's English Pub for a cold pint and some across-the-pond classics, like classic battered fish ‘n’ chips or a sumptuous cottage pie, a rich beef pie in a thick Guinness sauce.

And if you find yourself in need of a coffee and sweet treat, make your way to Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery for a delicious cinnamon roll or one of their special weekly cupcakes, like the crowd favorite: coconut cream.


Whether you're in the market for home goods or a new pair of cowboy boots, shopping in downtown Arlington will give you plenty to choose from.


Truth Vinyl
Truth Vinyl

Vinyl collectors and music fans can’t miss a trip to Truth Vinyl, a stylish listening space and retail store that boasts a collection of more than 50,000 albums — bring a snack, you might be here a while.

Want a special something to remember your travels? Don't miss Collected Treasures, which has a collection of vintage clothing and antiques. You may even find that perfect couture handbag you've been looking for!


While you're walking among the great shops and restaurants in downtown Arlington, be sure to take in the incredible public art, including the "North Texas Blues" mural on E Abram Street and "Stevie Ray Vaughn," a Texas legend, on Main Street.

Photo of cowgirl butterfly mural outside of Arlington Museum of Art
Arlington Museum of Art

You won't want to miss the opportunity to experience the breathtaking art at the Arlington Museum of Art, which features traveling exhibits from around the world, or the stellar art exhibitions at The Gallery at UTA. Both spaces offer a beautiful and peaceful place to spend an afternoon. And if you leave feeling inspired to try your hand at painting, Board & Brush and Catalyst Creative Arts provide workshops and other opportunities to create art.

If live performances are more what you have in mind, Theatre Arlington offers award-winning productions year-round. Performances do sell out though so you may want to get tickets in advance if there's a show you just can't miss!


Levitt Pavillion at Night
Levitt Pavilion Arlington

No trip would be complete without experiencing one of the many downtown Arlington events. One of the best spots to check out is the Levitt Pavilion Arlington, an outdoor music venue that features free music under the Texas night sky. Check the Living Room Series schedule for free weekday performances of great local artists.

Another downtown hot spot is the Arlington Music Hall, a renovated historic movie theater that brings in artists from around the world. A night out at either place is sure to be the perfect ending to a delightful day spent in downtown Arlington.