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Denton, Texas

www.DiscoverDenton.com

Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau
414 West Parkway Street
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 382-7895 | (888) 381-1818
visitdenton@discoverdenton.com

Discover Denton

Discover Denton

Music and museums. Amusements, arts and antiques. History, hospitality, horse farms and higher learning. Shopping, sports, dining and festivals. There's so much to discover in Denton, the hardest part is knowing where to start!

When it comes to blending sights and sounds, Denton is a virtual orchestra of small town charm and big city arts, culture, education and entertainment. Situated north of Dallas and Fort Worth where I-35 E meets I-35 W, Denton is the county seat of Denton County. From the century-old courthouse and vibrant town-square to the world-class Texas Motor Speedway, Denton offers a setting where these diverse worlds meet and match the "fun-factor potential" of any destination anywhere!

Discover a great place to meet

Well known for the academic excellence of both the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University, Denton is a place where the music of multitudes can come together. Denton is large enough to host international conferences, seminars and athletic competitions. But true to its "Main Street America" roots, Denton is also small enough for a weekend retreat, a family reunion, or a beautiful wedding uniquely designed to individual couples.

Discover history

A Texas Historical Commission Main Street City, Denton boasts more than 140 renovated structures in downtown, where the heart of the city beats to the rhythm of rich regional history merging with modern sophistication. The historic town-square is the cornerstone of downtown, a mixed-use entertainment district crowned at its center by the beautifully restored Denton County Courthouse. The Denton County Courthouse, home to the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, is an architectural wonder making it one of the most photographed courthouses in Texas. Just two blocks south, the Historical Park of Denton County offers visitors a waltz back in time to the turn of the century at the Bayless-Selby House and the African American Museums among other significant restored buildings. The fully restored Campus Theater fills the air with music, dancing, drama and laughter as the Denton Community Theater presents North Texas' finest and most loved performers in live theater productions year-round.

Denton Attractions

Discover nature

Nature lovers will thrill at the symphony of outdoor recreation that await in Denton and the surrounding area. Nearby Lake Ray Roberts State Park and the Ray Roberts Greenbelt, Johnson Branch, Jordan Park and the Isle du Bois State Park open up over 32,000 unspoiled acres for every variety of outdoor fun. Miles and miles of trails offer hiking, jogging, biking and horseback riding. Area lakes are the perfect place to put in for a day of fast and fun water recreation. Or, if a peaceful escape down the river is more the song of your soul, outfitters are ready to match equipment to your adventure, or you can bring your own. The point is...Relax and join the song of nature!

Discover arts

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Eclectic, exciting, entertaining and extraordinary, Denton is music to the ears and magic to the eyes! A thriving arts district includes community and university theater groups, our critically acclaimed ballet and modern dance, and world-famous jazz, orchestra, and symphony. The fantastic Meadows Gallery at The Center for the Visual Arts showcases local artists and international touring collections throughout the year. Also, be sure to check out the newest gallery in town, University of North Texas On The Square. If your heart is in the arts, you will love Denton!

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Discover sports

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When the rhythm is pumping for great sports action, Denton has the ticket. Cheer for University of North Texas Mean Green football in their new, state-of-the-art 30,000 seat stadium constructed by the same architects and builders that built Arlington's world-famous Cowboys Stadium. Find yourself in awe of Texas Women's University's national championship gymnastics and softball teams. These are just a few favorites among many collegiate sports options in Denton including basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, baseball, swimming, equine sports of every discipline, and more. If participation is more your game, dive right in at Denton's championship, year-round Natatorium surrounded by one of summer's hot spots — Water Works Water Park and Lazy River. More extreme sports like Frisbee Golf and even Polo, the game of royalty, invite you to ratchet your love of sports up another notch. Fishing, skiing, and an abundance of outdoor recreation venues guarantee good times for the sports enthusiast.

Discover Fun and Fantastic Events

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Denton has an annual calendar packed with great festivals and special events that do everything from celebrate the season to showcasing our musical style. In fact, style is what Denton is all about!

Mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine make year-round outdoor events a cinch. Seasonal celebrations, concerts in the park, storytelling, autos and antiques, the North Texas State Fair, cultural celebrations, the nationally famous Arts & Jazz Festival, and events that feature our beloved fuzzy family members are just a little of what Denton has in store. But, there's more...

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Musicals, thrillers, and tear-jerkers comprise the most loved theater in America...and it's all happening on-stage all year long at Denton's historic Campus Theater on the Square.

Symphonies, concerts, and recitals from some of the finest musicians in the world are featured in the world-class Murchison Performance Hall at the University of North Texas.

Art shows featuring the visual arts in virtually every medium, from paint to pottery, rotate throughout the year in the beautiful Meadows Gallery at the Denton Visual Arts Center and at UNT on the Square gallery.

Fourth of July is a real bang with celebrations all day long from a patriotic Family Fun Run and 4th of July Parade to a dazzling fireworks display after dark. Christmas watches the historic Courthouse Square dress up in Christmas splendor. A driving tour around Denton offers holiday lights and creative décor in neighborhoods and business districts throughout the city. Denton is simply "in season" when it comes to fantastically fun special events.

Community Information

Discover Denton

Whether it is the international feel of the university communities with a combined student population of 50,000 and a world-renowned jazz band or the serene beauty of some of America's finest horse country, Denton is truly a city without limits. It's family, friends, festivals and fun. It's downright delicious food and fanfare. It's music, museums, magic, and happy memories. It's history. And it's history in the making. Discover Denton... "It's All Happening Here!"

Driving

Denton is conveniently located at the top of a triangle with Dallas and Fort Worth being the east and west corners of the triangle base. Interstate 35 (I-35) leads into Denton from the north and splits to become I-35 West heading into Fort Worth and I-35 East heading into Dallas. Texas Highway 377 and US Highway 380 both intersect I-35 in Denton.

Public Transportation

Denton County Transportation Authority
940-243-0077
www.dcta.net
The A-Train Light Rail Commuter Connection along I-35 connecting downtowns Denton and Dallas.

Car Rental

Car rental is available through national companies including: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz.

Airport

Denton Municipal Airport
Aviation services provided at the Airport offer both business and recreational users excellent aeronautical support services.

For more information about the Denton Airport as an air transportation center, please contact the Denton Airport at 940-349-7736.
5000 Airport Road
Denton, TX 76207
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Denton Events

February

Thin Line Film Fest

An international documentary and film fest
Location: The Campus Theatre & Fine Arts Theater
Phone: 888-893-4560
www.thinlinefilmfest.com

March

Texas Storytelling Festival

Thursday, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m./Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m./Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
People of all ages come to enjoy storytelling at the largest event of its kind in the Southwest. Storytellers from across the nation come to share their tales of sports stories, war tales and front porch stories. The storyteller's tales capture the imagination of children and adults alike.
Location: Denton Civic Center
Sponsor: Tejas Storytelling Association
Phone: 940-382-7014 ext. 224
www.tejasstorytelling.com

Guided Tour of the North Texas Horse Country

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Historical Park of Denton County, Carroll Blvd. at W. Mulberry in Downtown Denton
Sponsor: Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 940-382-7895
www.horsecountrytours.com

April

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location: Texas Motor Speedway
Sponsor: Texas Motor Speedway
Phone: 817-215-8500
www.texasmotorspeedway.com

Denton Redbud Festival

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Denton is the "Redbud Capital of Texas." To coincide with the blooming of the Redbuds in early March, a celebration is held. Activities include: home and garden show, booths, educational programs, and exhibits throughout the day.
Location: Civic Center
Sponsor: Keep Denton Beautiful
Phone: 940-349-8737
www.kdb.org

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival

Friday: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The annual three-day event is a celebration of the arts. Over 2000 professional and amateur performers on six stages showcase the best in jazz, pop, rhythm & blues and full orchestra music. In addition, community and school groups represent a wide variety of dance, choral, storytelling and theatre performances. Fine artists and craftsman, who are juried, come from all over the region to demonstrate exhibit and sell their creations. Abundant options of food and beverages are available in addition to the entertainment. Clowns and other activities compliment the festivals, including the large Children's Art Tent that offers numerous art experiences under the leadership of qualified instructors.
Location: Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney
Sponsor: Denton Festival Foundation
Phone: 940-565-0931, Carol Short
www.dentonjazzfest.com

"Lab Band Madness" Spring Concert

1:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m
The internationally renowned University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band is the featured performer, but all 9 UNT Lab Bands will perform.
Location: Arts & Jazz Festival (321 E. McKinney), UNT Stage
Sponsor: University of North Texas - Jazz Studies
www.jazz.unt.edu

Guided Tour of the North Texas Horse Country

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Historical Park of Denton County, Carroll Blvd. at W. Mulberry in Downtown Denton
Sponsor: Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 940-382-7895
www.horsecountrytours.com

Community Market

Every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. from April to November
Denton’s local art and produce market features local produce and food, handmade arts and crafts, organizations, businesses and live music.
Location: At the Denton County Historical Park at Carroll Blvd. and Mulberry St.
www.dentonmarket.org

May

Cinco de Mayo

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This Mexican cultural festival is kicked off with a parade at 10:00 a.m. Activities include live bands, concession stands, picnic areas and fun for all.
Location: Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney
Sponsor: Denton Parks & Recreation
Phone: 940-349-8289
www.dentonparks.com
www.dentoncinco.org

Guided Tour of the North Texas Horse Country

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Historical Park of Denton County, Carroll Blvd. at W. Mulberry in Downtown Denton
Sponsor: Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 940-382-7895
www.horsecountrytours.com

May - June

Twilight Tunes Concert Series

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday
Local musicians perform every Thursday evening from on the lawn of the Historic Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square in downtown Denton. (Rain Location TBA) FREE
Location: Downtown Denton courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.
Sponsor: Main Street Association
Phone: 940-349-8529
www.dentonmainstreet.org

June

Dog Days of Denton

Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Events include Dog Parade, Dog Show, Stupid Pet Tricks, Dog/Owner Singing Contest, and "Glamfur Shots" of your pet, Dog/Master look-alike contest, dog 'n disc, flyball and agility demonstrations, arts and crafts booth, festival foods, and more.
Location:Quakertown Park, 321 McKinney Street, north end of park
Sponsor: Dog Days Denton
Phone: 940-349-8529
www.dogdaysdenton.com

IndyCar Series & NASCAR Truck Series

Texas Motor Speedway
Phone: 817-215-8500
www.texasmotorspeedway.com

Denton Airshow

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Air Fair features fly-ins, an open house and is open to the public. World War II antique aircraft, aerobatic maneuvers, parachute drop, and experimental and vintage aircraft will be on display. Booths and concessions will be available.
Location: Denton Municipal Airport
Sponsor: City of Denton & Airport Tenants
Phone: 940-484-1603, Amanda Addington
www.denton.schultzairshows.com

Juneteenth Celebration

Friday & Saturday All Day
The celebration leads off with a mayoral proclamation. Events include: a live band, softball tournament, a parade on Saturday evening, basketball tournaments, barbecue cook-off, and games for the entire family.
Location: Fred Moore Park, Bradshaw and East Prairie
Sponsor: Denton Parks & Recreation
Phone: 940-349-8576
www.dentonparks.com
www.dentonjuneteenth.org

June - September

Denton County Farmer's Market

Tuesday, Thursdays & Saturdays 7:00 a.m. - Sellout
Local farmers sell fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits.
Location: Bayless-Selby House Museum parking lot at the corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard
Phone: 817-946-0008
info@DentonFarmersMarket.com
www.DentonFarmersMarket.com

July

Kiwanis Fireworks Show

Gates open at 5:30 p.m., music begins at 6:30 p.m.
Annual fireworks show featuring patriotic music and spectacular fireworks.
Location: University of North Texas' Fouts Field
Sponsor: Denton Kiwanis
Phone: 940-387-6323
www.dentonkiwanisclub.org

Fourth of July Jubilee - "Liberty Fun Run"

Beginning at 7 a.m. - All Day
Events include: American Pride Cook-off, Yankee Doodle Parade, Free Children's Carnival, Food, Horseshoe Tournament, Craft Show and sale, plus much more.
Location: Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney
Sponsor: Denton Parks & Recreation
Phone: 940-349-8733
www.dentonparks.com

August

North Texas State Fair and Rodeo

World championship rodeo, music, carnival rides and games, fiddling contest, petting zoos and barbecue cook-offs
Location: North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd.
Sponsor: North Texas Fair Association
Phone: 940-387-2632, Glenn Carlton
www.ntfair.com

Dates are subject to change without notice.

September

Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hot rods, classic and custom cars lining the square, antique appraisals and dealers, juried art show, and strolling entertainment.
Location: Downtown Square
Sponsor: Main Street Association
Phone: 940-349-8529
www.dentonmainstreet.com

Denton Blues Fest

12:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
The Denton Black Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual Denton Blues Fest. Come out and join the fun. We will have music for everyone and Blues Idol contest and Apollo Night for the young.
Location: Quakertown Park
Sponsor: Denton Black Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 940-382-9100
www.dentonbluesfestival.org

Wild Beast Feast

Saturday 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: North Texas State Fairgrounds
Sponsor: Greater Denton Arts Council
Phone: 940-382-2787
www.dentonarts.com

Guided Tour of the North Texas Horse Country

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Historical Park of Denton County, Carroll Blvd. at W. Mulberry in Downtown Denton
Sponsor: Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 940-382-7895
www.horsecountrytours.com

October

Guided Tour of the North Texas Horse Country

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Historical Park of Denton County, Carroll Blvd. at W. Mulberry in Downtown Denton
Sponsor: Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 940-382-7895
www.horsecountrytours.com

November

Dickies 500

Times Vary
Location: Texas Motor Speedway
Sponsor: Texas Motor Speedway
Phone: 817-215-8520
www.texasmotorspeedway.com

"One O'clock Lab Band" Fall Concert

7:00 p.m.
Location: University of North Texas, Winspear Hall, UNT Murchison Center
Sponsor: University of North Texas
Phone: 940-565-3742
www.jazz.unt.edu

Beaujolais & More Wine and Food Tasting

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy Beaujolais Nouveau shipped directly from France and sample cuisine from various local restaurants.
Location: Denton Civic Center
Sponsor: Campus Theatre
Phone: 940-382-1915
www.campustheatre.com

Guided Tour of the North Texas Horse Country

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Historical Park of Denton County, Carroll Blvd. at W. Mulberry in Downtown Denton
Sponsor: Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 940-382-7895
www.horsecountrytours.com

December

Reindeer Romp

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Check-in starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Run the 4.2 Mile Run or walk the 2.5 Mile Family Walk, through lovely Denton neighborhoods decorated for the holidays.
Location: South Lakes Park
Sponsor: City of Denton Parks and Recreation
Phone: 940-349-PARK(7275)
www.dentonparks.com

Holiday Lighting Festival of Denton

5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The festivities start at 5:45 p.m. on the Courthouse Square. Event include: Lighting of Christmas Tree on Historic Courthouse Lawn, Visits with Santa, a children's arts and crafts area, and live music featuring Brave Combo.
Location: Downtown Square, 110 W Hickory
Sponsor: Denton Holiday Festival Association
www.DentonHolidayLighting.com

Wassail Fest during Holiday Lighting

An annual competition among participating merchants on the square. Merchants provide the wassail to the Holiday Lighting Festival attendees who in turn vote for the best recipe.
Sponsor: Denton Main Street Association
www.dentonmainstreet.org

Dates are subject to change without notice.

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