Letter from the Mayor
Welcome to Denton Live, your guide for what ’s going on in Denton for the second half of 2013. Summer winding down means a whole new season of fun is cranking up here in Denton.
Summer’s big finale for the past 84 years has been the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo in August. Relive our history with the Butterfield and Chisholm Trails during nine actionpacked days of PRCA Rodeo, midway rides, and boot-scootin’ concerts featuring some of country music’s top tickets. As fall sets in, we party at the Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza, the Wild Beast Feast, Blues Fest and Mean Green football tailgating at the impressive wind-powered Apogee Stadium.
As an award-winning Main Street City, we love inviting visitors into our community’s living room – our historic Downtown Denton Square, the heart of the city, vibrantly alive, original, and pulsing with the independent spirit that sets Denton apart from other destinations. Our famous 1896 Courthouseon-the-Square crowns downtown yearround, but especially when she’s decked out for the Holiday Lighting Festival, Denton’s postcard-pretty family tradition for bringing on the Christmas spirit.
Music is the thread in Denton’s fabric of life, from Grammy-winning jazz and polka-rock to world class Indie bands based right here in Denton. We are a festival city, and music is featured in every one of our 20 major, signature events and more than 100 smaller ones. We now deliver Denton music to the world. DentonRadio.com is our all-new, Internet-based radio station featuring purely Denton artists and all original music. Check it out from wherever you are; then next time you visit, look up your new favorite artists in any of more than 20 live music venues – all within walking distance of the downtown Square! We have our special brand of nightlife happening all the time and you won’t find it anywhere else. We invite you to soak it up – your style, your way.
The A-train’s expanded schedule and connection to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) makes trekking between Denton and points in the DFW Metroplex south and beyond a cinch, further broadening tourism experiences for visitors. Our beautiful Downtown Denton Transit Station, one of two Denton stations, is the top of the A-train line. From here, visitors can explore the best of Denton by bus, pedicab, bike, or simply by strolling our wide sidewalks to our hip arts and entertainment scene featuring national and international award-winning theater, galleries, shows, festivals, and, of course, music all year long.
Enjoy this issue of Denton Live … then come on out and enjoy the fun! Welcome to Denton.
Mayor of Denton