Popping Up All Over

Downtown Arlington seeks creative entrepreneurs for new Pop-Up! Partner program

You may have noticed a new kind of creative enterprise popping up around Downtown Arlington. Pop-up events and shows are part of the new wave of placemaking, and the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation is launching a program to entice more to pop up in our district.

What’s a Pop-Up?

Hosted either by an established or emerging entity, pop-ups are experiences that appear to "pop up" overnight and only last one day or a few. Pop-ups can provide value to a community in four distinct ways:

INNOVATE: Pop-ups create assets out of barriers, using vacant or underutilized spaces for events and activities that are unexpected. They also

CULTIVATE the Downtown landscape in a way that allows entrepreneurs, artists, engineers, planners and other creatives to

MOTIVATE a community to dream big, try something new, or take an important first step toward achieving a bigger vision or dream. In doing so, residents and visitors come to

APPRECIATE an old or familiar space in a new way. Pop-ups can shine a spotlight on that which makes Arlington and Downtown unique.

Downtown Arlington Pop-Up! Partner program

The new Downtown Arlington Pop-Up! Partner program is designed to attract and support new pop-up enterprises. Through cost-sharing, co-branding and mutually beneficial planning and promotion, DAMC seeks Pop-Up! Partners that will make a visible and positive impact in Downtown in one or more of the following areas:

  • Health initiatives
  • Environmental programs
  • Diversity
  • Creativity
  • Beautification
  • Placemaking events
  • Cultural arts
  • Economic development
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation

Want more information about program criteria and the application process? Visit the Pop-Up! Partner page.

Pop on over

We think Spring’s the perfect time for pop-ups! Check out the upcoming events from Downtown Arlington’s Pop-Up! Partners:

  • Fort Worth’s wildly popular Urban Traders Market is coming to Arlington, popping up on March 24, April 21, May 19 and June 16 at 400 E Division.
  • Although Happy Goat Yoga with Arlington Yoga Center on March 3 is sold out, and April 21st.
  • Bicycles Inc. will be popping up on March 24 for a Discover Downtown ride, beginning at J. Gilligan's and ending at Legal Draft.
  • We can't wait to tell you more about the Biergarten and Pop-Up Dog Park on April 7. Stay tuned for details.
  • Later in April, watch for an E-gaming pop-up event at Urban Union.
  • Earlier this month, Christopher Hightower Gallery launched in Downtown Arlington with a pop-up exhibition featuring internationally renowned painter Donray. Click here to receive information about future pop-up shows.

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About Downtown Arlington

An official State of Texas Cultural District, Downtown Arlington 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 is home to a top tier public research university, prolific fine 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.