May Madness: Head Downtown for a month of fun that’s uniquely, authentically Arlington

May in Texas

There’s something about May, especially in Texas. Warmer weather has fully committed. Days are getting longer. Clothes are getting lighter. Kids are getting antsy for some serious playtime. Frankly, so are we. We suspect this has something to do with the U.S. Travel Association’s annual claim to the first week in May as National Travel and Tourism Week

But here in Downtown Arlington, we say: Why stop at a week?

Throughout the month of May, get yourself caught up in a delightfully steady whirl of activity, all right here in Downtown. A highly anticipated exhibition by Vivian Maier, internationally heralded street photographer? Check. The first-ever tip off by Arlington’s newest professional athletics franchise? Check. Olympic torch run? Check. Students in caps and gowns? Check. Men in kilts? Check. Live music ranging from Blood, Sweat & Tears to Foghat to The Polyphonic Spree? Check, check, check.

And we’re just getting started. 

Spread the word

There’s so much going on that we’re not just inviting you to get in there (although that’s our top priority). We’re asking you to help us brag about it. Post about it. Tweet about it. Talk about it at work around the Keurig machine. Because at the heart of it, we think the confluence of May Madness activities says a lot about what makes Downtown Arlington the real deal: our heritage and diversity, our aspirational spirit and sense of adventure, and our ability to innovate and create. We are, after all, the heart of the American Dream City.

As you’re attending activities and events in Downtown Arlington during the month of May, please use any combination of hashtags #MayMadness2016 @dtarlington #authenticallyArlington so we can follow the fun! From May 1-7, toss in #NTTW16 so the U.S. Travel Association will see how Arlington rocks National Travel and Tourism Week.

Save the date(s)

Grab your family and call your friends. Tell them to meet you in Downtown for the month-long throng of fun that’s uniquely, authentically Arlington.

May 1

Bark in the Park, UT Arlington Baseball vs Louisiana, Clay Gould Ballpark

Bark in the Park, UT Arlington Softball vs Troy, Allan Saxe Field

Arlington Visual Arts Association Regional Juried Exhibition (through May 27), Rooftop Gallery, Arlington Museum of Art

Six different star shows (throughout the month), Planetarium at UT Arlington

57 Sauce, Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club

May 2

Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition opening (through May 14), Gallery at UTA

Van Darien, Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club

May 3

UT Arlington Baseball vs Dallas Baptist, Clay Gould Ballpark

May 4

Open Mic Night hosted by Zack Coffey, J. Gilligan’s Bar & Brill

May 6

Food Truck Fridays 2016, Levitt Pavilion

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra opening night (through May 29), Theatre Arlington

May 7

East Main Street Art & Music Festival, 601 E. Main Street

Via Dance presented by the Maverick Dance Company (through May 8), UTA Mainstage Theatre

Creative Arts Theatre & School (CATS) audition workshops (other dates throughout the month), Arlington Museum of Art

May 8

Dallas Wings vs Connecticut Sun (preseason game), College Park Center, UT Arlington

Legacy 4, Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club

May 9

Brad Hines, Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club

May 11

Open Mic Night hosted by Zack Coffey, J. Gilligan’s Bar & Brill

May 12

Symphony Arlington presents Daniel del Pino, Arlington Music Hall

UT Arlington commencement ceremonies (through May 14), College Park Center

May 13

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games (through May 15), Maverick Stadium, UT Arlington

Food Truck Fridays 2016, Levitt Pavilion

The Kentucky Headhunters, Arlington Music Hall

Author event: Oveta Culp Hobby by Debra Winegarten, UT Arlington Central Library

May 14

Murderous Night at the Museum dinner theatre presented by CATS, Arlington Museum of Art

May 15

Rocky Lott, Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club

Ogle School graduation ceremonies, College Park Center

May 16

Devin Leigh, Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club

May 18

Open Mic Night hosted by Zack Coffey, J. Gilligan’s Bar & Brill

May 19

UT Arlington Baseball vs Texas State (through May 21), Clay Gould Ballpark

May 20

Food Truck Fridays 2016, Levitt Pavilion

Foghat, Arlington Music Hall

May 21

Vivian Maier photography exhibition opening (through August 21), Arlington Museum of Art

Dallas Wings vs. San Antonio Stars (inaugural game), College Park Center

Steampunk Saturdayz, Cosmic Crow Collective

May 22

Jim Bowies, Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club

Nolan Catholic High School graduation, College Park Center

May 23

Whiskey Bent Ramblers, Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club

May 25

Open Mic Night hosted by Zack Coffey, J. Gilligan’s Bar & Brill

May 26-29

Special Olympics Texas Summer Games, various venues, UT Arlington

May 27

Center Stage Music Festival presents The Polyphonic Spree with Pleasant Grove, Levitt Pavilion

Dallas Wings vs Atlanta Dream, College Park Center

May 28

Center Stage Music Festival presents Blood, Sweat & Tears with Reagan James, Levitt Pavilion

Donny Edwards’ tribute to ‘The King,’ Arlington Music Hall

Central High School, Fossil Ridge High School, Keller High School and Timber Creek High School graduation ceremonies, College Park Center

May 29

Center Stage Music Festival presents Bowling for Soup with Doug Burr, Levitt Pavilion

Dallas Wings vs Chicago Sky, College Park Center

May 30

Acoustic Hash, Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club

Schedule subject to additions and changes. Follow the links for up-to-the-minute information.

Know about another event going on in Downtown Arlington in May? Let us know in the comments below.

About Downtown Arlington

Ranked as one of the top urban districts in the country in 2016 by TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals, Downtown Arlington Texas blends a unique mix of activities, sights, tastes and sounds that attract visitors and locals alike. Within its less than a two-mile radius, Downtown Arlington is home to a top tier public university, prolific cultural arts institutions and live entertainment, exciting NCAA and professional athletics, one-of-a-kind dining and retail, and a supportive business climate. Downtown Arlington brings together a plethora of cultures and inspirations with a character all its own.

@dtarlington #authenticallyArlington