Denton Live

Guests in Denton, like the nearly 125,000 people who choose to live here, have something quite definitive in common: we all seek uniquely-customized, Dentoncentric adventures within the cool vibe for which Denton has gained international acclaim. We call it original, independent.

Original is a spirit manifested in the physical fabric of our city. It is energy fueled by our universities, arts community, music industry, business community, the North Texas Horse Country, and our vibrant, no-faux-about-it downtown square. We hold originality in high regard.

Independent is more of the same spirit and springs from the same attributes as original. Consider our burgeoning music scene. Denton is known around the world for the music that’s been organically evolving here for many years. Interestingly, though, there is not a specific “Denton sound” that anyone can identify in a word. That is the result of original and independent. The sound is a combination of individual sounds where writers, musicians, poets and venues have their own messages, rhythms, tunes and atmospheres. Listeners get the entire breadth, as varied or not as they choose. And again, in the surrounding horse country, we have the most diverse equine population and disciplines in one area than anywhere else on Planet Earth. That’s independent, and it results in a lively, energetic culture.

Denton Live is the magazine our CVB produces in order to show off our Original, Independent Denton.


North Texas Horse Country tours highlight different types of local ranches

Sawdust and straw shifts softly as the hoof comes up and down, up and down. The horse shifts her weight, nods her head, and peers curiously through the bars of her stall at all the new faces. She twists her head to the side and sticks her white spotted nose through the slit, wiggling her […]

Published on: Wed, Jan 31, 2018

Walt Disney and the WASPs

Note: this is a supplemental piece to our Denton Live story: The Lasting Sting of a WASP, which can be read here. Many celebrities support our troops and veterans. Some hold rallies, some just donate to various causes. But there were celebrities that offered up more than money. There was perhaps no greater Hollywood supporter […]

Published on: Thu, Nov 09, 2017

Hypnotic Donuts serves up the must-have breakfast treats

What do a Las Vegas-born painter, a third-year sociology minor, and an aspiring local art gallery owner all have in common? They’re all in one transplanted Dentonite named Jenaveve Lester, and you’ll find her most current iteration — server and donut aficionado — every weekend (and then some) at Hypnotic Donuts on Hickory Street. Denton’s […]

Published on: Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Wassail Weekend meets Puerto Rico

When does the holiday season officially start? Is it the second the turkey hits room temperature? The moment Walmart’s doors open to throngs of Black Friday bargain hunters? The first shake of silver bells on the radio? For Denton, there’s no question that it’s the first Friday of December, marked by the Holiday Lighting Festival. […]

Published on: Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Day of the Dead was a frighteningly good time

If you believe that coffins are just for laying dead people while everyone mourns around them, then you haven’t seen it all. However, if you find it absurd and are thrilled to know how else people use coffins, then ask the people of Denton!  On Saturday October 28th, the annual Day of the Dead festival livened up […]

Published on: Mon, Oct 30, 2017