The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington provides more than 50 free concerts a year with a broad-based concert calendar of original music by professional musical artists from world music to jazz and country to Indie rock. The Levitt Pavilion’s concerts provide our community with an accessible, safe gathering place for free music and performing arts open to everyone – all ages, ethnicities, neighborhoods and income levels, especially those who could not afford to enjoy and benefit from live music and the performing arts in any other way.
The Levitt Pavilion is located in Founders Plaza at 100 W. Abram St. in Arlington, Texas
The pavilion is an outdoor concert venue with open lawn seating. Patrons bring lawn chairs and blankets, coolers, and picnics. No glass containers are allowed.
The Levitt Pavilion lawn can hold about 3,500. There is room for people to spill over onto Abram Street and up the steps of City Hall as well as into a vacant lot west of the pavilion where the Dream sculpture is located.
All Levitt Pavilion concerts are free. Exceptions are an annual benefit concert and one additional ticketed concert. Concerts that require ticket purchases are clearly indicated.
2017 Summer Concert Season, May 19 through July 23
2017 Fall Concert Season, September 1 through October 22
Summer: Thursday Family Movie Nights at 8 p.m., concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. Concerts and movies after July 3 are at 8:30 p.m. Fall: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.
There are bathroom trailers available, including handicapped accessible facilities, on South Street. Concessions are available for sale, including snow cones, ice cream, kettle corn and homemade lemonade. J. Gilligan’s grills burgers, veggie burgers, chicken quesadillas and Irish nachos every on night and sells beer and wine on concert nights (no alcohol sales on Thursdays). Bahama Buck’s sells delicious shaved ice snow cones.
There are more than 1,000 parking spaces available in lots surrounding the Levitt Pavilion and the nearby UTA College Park parking garage. A detailed parking map is available on the website
Professional artists perform in culturally diverse musical genres, including World Music, American, country, Indie, jazz, blues, Tejano and gospel.
In 2016, more than 118,225 people attended concerts from seven countries, 25 states and 70 cities. The Arlington Police Department helps estimate the crowd numbers.
The Levitt Pavilion installed all new sound equipment in 2015. The Levitt’s lights and sound are similar to the system that country star Kenny Chesney uses on tour. The Levitt’s equipment is state-of-the-art for outdoor concert venues.
Four full-time employees.
Seasonal technical crew, including professional sound engineer.
Six to eight volunteers per concert fulfill a variety of jobs, including staffing the information table, collecting donations, answering questions and greeting patrons.
The Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Board of Directors is made up of business professionals and dedicated civic volunteers. Jim Palmer is the board chair. The Levitt Pavilion’s Advisory Board members include: Betty Buckley, Tony Award-winning singer and actress; Melissa Lawson, Arlington winner of NBC’s Nashville Star; B.J. Thomas, five-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter; Jim Douglas, former WFAA news reporter; and Grey Pierson, Arlington attorney.
The Levitt Pavilion and its free concerts are funded by sponsorships, grants and foundations, an annual donor campaign, an annual benefit concert, a summer ticketed concert, nightly audience donations and donations
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