They say that “Seeing is believing.” Let me tell you what I see.
From Hershey’s Palace to the Sanford House Inn and Spa, from J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill to Catalyst Creative Arts, I see ambitious and resilient entrepreneurs who make Downtown Arlington a place like no other.
With the in-person return of the University of Texas at Arlington campus community this Fall, every day I see the University’s Tier One designation reflected in their energy, diversity, intellect and drive.
As the Texas-designated Cultural District for the city, Downtown and its cultural partners – like Arlington Music Hall, Levitt Pavilion, Theatre Arlington, Arlington Museum of Art, UTA, and others – continue to push creative boundaries and attract audiences with diverse programs, exhibits, performances and big ideas for our future. I also see more “artrepreneurs” choosing Downtown as their stages and studios.
I see a growing partnership between Downtown Arlington and the Arlington Entertainment District. As the respective evolution of our two districts continue (one of many notable examples, the National Medal of Honor Museum), we are connecting with each other in dynamic ways to leverage the countless synergies between our two destinations.
Now it’s time to see what we see, and that’s what the Ramblin’ Roads Music Festival is all about. It’s a celebration of Arlington and our drive to nurture and celebrate talent and diversity; the ways we pull together; our pride and fun-loving spirit; and our unique Downtown business community.
Earlier this month, the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation announced its support of the Ramblin’ Roads Music Festival. This generous grant has helped Downtown Arlington establish a strong brand for this new festival and share our excitement for the festival both close to home and well beyond North Texas, including music fans and cultural tourists in Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Little Rock, Abilene and beyond. With our 18 different venues and all kinds of musical genres – like Latin, Country, Jazz, Electronic, Country, and more – we expect the Ramblin’ Roads audience to be as diverse as our own community.
Because Downtown Arlington is a non-profit organization, it’s built into our mission to provide an accessible festival experience. Among other things, that accessibility is reflected in our many venue options, our festival pricing structure, and the inclusion of events that are free to the public. It shouldn’t go without saying that our venues will be abiding by all local and state guidelines regarding COVID-19, and that the festival line-up offers a number of outdoor venues which allow for greater social distancing. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks.
The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation leads the host of generous donors, partners and sponsors – believers – who want to help share our pride of place and talent through the Ramblin’ Roads Music Festival. We are so incredibly grateful.
We invite you to join them by choosing whatever ticket package is right for you, from the Three Day VIP Pass to our General Admission options (kid’s passes are also available). Ramblin’ Roads is this weekend, so now’s the time.
We can’t wait to get the show on the Road!
Maggie Campbell, President and CEO
Downtown Arlington Management Corporation
Click on image to view Good Morning Texas coverage of Ramblin' Roads. Story revised and reprinted from Sept. 2, 2021.