Cultural Arts / Downtown Outdoors / Entertainment / Food
Oct 12, 2023
Cooler Temperatures Cooler Pictures
Fall is finally upon us, and with it comes an aesthetically pleasing environment as leaves turn golden brown and riddle the streets with beautiful pops of color. Meanwhile, people bring out their A-game in fashion with many busting out their sweaters, beanies, and boots just in time for the coziest month of the year.
This is also the perfect time to start filling up that camera roll with Instagrammable pictures of yourself and friends. And the best backdrop for these pictures? Downtown’s plethora of murals and sculptures, of course! Take a stroll through the Downtown Arlington Mural and Public Art Tour to take advantage of the changing weather and to finally take your social media to the next level. Here’s your guide to all the best murals in town!
To download the Mural Tour Map, click here, and to learn more about each mural and its artist, visit the Arts & Culture tab of the Downtown Arlington website. Don’t forget to tag @dtarlington in all your pictures! We want to see those smiling faces and fresh Fall garb.
Front Street Mural and Public Art Tour
First, park in the lot across from Knapp Heritage Park, located on West Front Street. Discover the park and capture the beauty of the original well along with the historic Jopling-Melear and Watson cabins, which date to the mid-1800s, and a 1910 one-room schoolhouse.
Once you finish at Knapp Heritage Park, walk east down Front Street and pose with the “Language” Star of Texas by Demario Davis.
Afterwards, make a left toward the historic Arlington Music Hall and snap a picture underneath the iconic marquee. Then, on the southside of the building, check out the colorful “Howdy” mural by Mariell Guzman.
Cross Center Street to get to the Vandergriff Town Center where you’ll find nearby eateries and breweries such as The Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club and On Tap. Grab a burger, a beer, or both and check out the “Historic Arlington” mural by Lee and Sheri Hay located on the south side of the Vandergriff Office building. Across from Grease Monkey on Mesquite Street, you’ll find “Love” by Justin Simmons.
Once you’re done, go back and turn south along Center Street and you’ll see the “Legendz Classic Barber Shop” mural on the north side of their building.
Continue heading south on Center Street until you reach one of our newest and largest sculptures, the interactive “Boundless” sculpture by artist Jen Lewin & the Rotary Club of Arlington. Hop on all the squares and watch as the lights flicker and change with your every step.
Continue east on Front Street for one block until you reach the intersection of Mesquite and Front. Here is the “Welcome to Front Street” mural by Jenny Lane! Congratulations, you’ve officially arrived at Urban Union!
Keep going east along Front Street for half a block to Hurtado BBQ and on the far side, you’ll see their amazing patio space, including the mural “Mexicue” by Kara Burton.
Further down along Front Street, take a left on N. Elm Street. To your left you’ll see “Soundwave” by Tex Moton.
Continue walking south through the alley until you pass the entrance to Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery. Grab a cake pop or cookie from inside and check out the “Sugar Bee Sweets” by Tex Moton on the outside of the bakery facing Front Street.
Finally, walk east on Front Street past the Downtown Arlington offices and follow the road to arrive at the final mural of this walk, “Climb!” by Dylan Kennedy, located on the west side of Dyno-Climbing Center.
Before you leave, feel free to check out more of Downtown’s renowned bars, restaurants, and activities located in Urban Union, such as the ones below!
Front Street Bars, Restaurants, and Entertainment:
Cane Rosso Arlington
4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge
The Hive Daytime Eatery
Hayters Bar & Lounge
Inspirations Fork & Table
Lone Star Axe Throwing
Main Street Mural Tour
Visit Gene Allen Park and snap a picture in front of the “Cowgirl” mural by artist Amandalynn and pose next to the International Peace and Friendship Monument. On the edge of Gene Allen Park, wrap your arms around the “Rainbow” Star of Texas by Izzy Espinoza and get a picture with the colorful sculpture.
Next, cross Main Street where you absolutely must visit the brand-new historic Mineral Well Public Plaza. This new plaza is an homage to the historic mineral well that once was a central destination for Arlington residents and visitors to shop, drink, and connect. The plaza features a clock tower along with a fountain surrounded by seating. It’s a must-see destination that overlooks the beauty of Main Street while providing peaceful bliss as you sit and watch the sun set.
Once you finish your meditation in the Mineral Well Public Plaza, walk down the path to City Center Plaza and take a picture of the K9 Memorial Monument, a bronze sculpture honoring the City of Arlington’s retired and deceased fire and police service dogs. Across this sculpture is a statue of Colonel Neel E. Kirby, a Texas State Historical Marker honoring the Medal of Honor recipient.
Head back to Main Street and pose in front of the “En Point” mural located outside the Persis Studio of Dance.
Walk west toward Theatre Arlington and check out the “Theatre Arlington” mural by Vizie and “Comedy/Tragedy” by Luis Mendoza.
Make a quick pit stop and shop at The Man’s Shop to receive the best quality service as these gentlemen help you find the most stylish attire.
Once you finish checking out all the great businesses located on Main Street, head down Oak Street until you hit the intersection of Oak and Abram Streets. Here you will find downtown’s newest mural, “Merciful Wisdom” by C. Joseph Art.
Main Street Fun and Entertainment
Miss Persis Studio of Dance
Catalyst Creative Arts
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