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Oct 24, 2022
Downtown Arlington launches Downtown Knights, inspired by "A Knight's Tale" at the Arlington Museum of Art
Join the Knights Who Say "Ni" this fall and winter, as they quest for all things fun in Downtown Arlington! Verily, they will find what they seek thanks to Downtown Knights, a new series of programs, promotions, and silliness inspired by the Arlington Museum of Art's Fall-Winter exhibit, A Knight's Tale. Downtown Knights is hosted by Downtown Arlington and many participating businesses and destinations throughout our humble hamlet.
Downtown Knights in Downtown Arlington
Downtown Knights kicked off early this month with a free Game of Thrones trivia night at Hooligan’s Pub. Next up is a Harry Potter Trivia Night at Hooligan's on November 1 starting at 7pm.
Telling the Knight's Tale: Family Storytime at the Downtown Library is a free family-friendly series that includes books, songs, finger puppets, and more. The first story time event is 1 p.m. on Nov. 9, 2022 at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library. Every adult who attends gets two $5-off coupons to see A Knight’s Tale at the AMA.
The Arlington Museum of Art is hosting many events and activities, including yoga classes in partnership with Arlington Yoga Center; guided tours of the exhibition in English and Spanish; art talks, including one with noted Medieval historian and TV personality, Dr. Kelly DeVries; and adult-oriented art and wine painting parties and a whisky and wine night.
Additional Downtown Knights events will include a Knights-Who-Say-Ni Bar Crawl; a Monty Python trivia night at Hooligan’s Pub in early December, and more, plus food and drink specials offered by Downtown restaurants and bars. Oh, and you really ought to check out certain knights-inspired items on the menu, not to mention the stained glass windows, at J.R. Bentley's.
Even the University of Texas at Arlington, which is located in Downtown Arlington, has chosen “Once Upon a Maverick” for its 2022 Homecoming theme.
“Downtown Arlington and the Arlington Museum of Art collaborated very successfully this summer on their previous exhibition, Disney Art from Private Collections.” said Maggie Campbell, President and CEO of Downtown Arlington. “Our efforts drew hundreds of attendees to themed events and countless visits to participating businesses. We’re looking forward to similar results with Downtown Knights, which leverages the unique entrepreneurial strengths—like collaboration and creativity—found throughout Downtown Arlington.”
Events and promotions will be added throughout the run of the exhibit. Information about Downtown Knights can be found on the Downtown Arlington website.
At the AMA: A Knight’s Tale
What figure has stood the test of time and risen to epic proportions in modern film, TV, gaming, VR, fiction, and fan culture around the world?
The iconic knight.
The Arlington Museum of Art in Downtown Arlington is taking North Texas to where it all began. From October 22, 2022 – February 12, 2023, the AMA is presenting A Knight’s Tale, an eye-popping exhibition that features 130 authentic works including full suits of armor for humans and horses, plus helmets, paintings, swords, and much more. The arms and armor featured in A Knight's Tale comes from the Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy, which is considered to be one of the largest private collection of arms and armory in Europe, if not the world.
Tickets are available now at arlingtonmuseum.org/a-knights-tale-tickets.
“When something is iconic – like the persona of a medieval knight – you can almost always trace the origin story back to an artist,” said Chris Hightower, AMA President and CEO. “The craftsmanship in A Knight’s Tale showcases the skills of the great metalsmiths who brought functionality and beauty to their craft. Knights as icons have stood the test of time because great art stands the test of time.”
About Downtown Arlington
Designated by the State of Texas as the Arlington Cultural District, Downtown Arlington is where creativity, authenticity, and hometown pride thrive and drive what's next. Within its less than a two-mile radius, Downtown is home to the University of Texas at Arlington, a top-tier public research university, as well as prolific visual and performing artists and arts institutions, live entertainment, exciting NCAA and professional athletics, one-of-a-kind dining and retail, and a supportive business climate. downtownarlington.org