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Best Performing Arts in Dallas

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This historic site sprawls over 227 acres (918,636 square meters) and has one of the nation's largest collections of Art Deco buildings. Built in 1936, Fair Park is registered as a National Historic Landmark. It was built by the WPA to house the Texas Centennial Exposition, celebrating Texas' independence from Mexico. It boasts an inspiring list of museums including the African American Museum, Age of Steam Railroad Museum, Museum of Nature and Science, Music Hall At Fair Park, Dallas Aquarium and Dallas Horticulture Center. You will also find concerts at the outdoor Coca Cola Starplex, college football in the Cotton Bowl, and the annual State Fair of Texas. The Visitor Center shows a 10-minute film about the park and offers walking tours by appointment.

A visit to the Dallas Children's Theater is entertainment for the entire family. Introduce your little ones to the world of live theater by involving them in activities here. Classes are offered here, and are conducted by established artists. A number of excellent plays including Rumpelstiltskin, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and several musicals have been shown here.

The sole survivor of the 1920's movie palaces, this restored showplace is an honored venue for a variety of performers. It has helped breathe new life into the Arts District. Gilded and ornate, its prestige sweeps patrons into a another time. This venue seats just over 1,600 people. It hosts the Majestic Broadway Series as well as the world-renowned Dallas Black Dance Theater. Additional commercial performers have one-night only or multiple night runs.

Originally conceived in the late 1970s, the AT&T Performing Arts Center finalizes the city of Dallas's goal to create a an expansive Arts District. Now the centerpiece of the area, the AT&T Performing Arts Center boasts five different venues within its walls: Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, Strauss Artist Square, City Performance Hall and Sammons Park. Amongst these venues, you can catch an opera, a Broadway musical, an outdoor concert, a small-scale play or just take a walk in the ten-acre park.

Locate on the Robert B Cullman within Fair Park and serving as a multi-purpose events venue, is the Fair Park Food and Fiber Pavilion. Spread over 25,000 sq.ft, the venue plays host to business meetings, seminars, festivals, concerts, social events as well as private gatherings. The Texas State Fair, that takes place at the pavilion, draws Texans from all over in large numbers.

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