Weekend Buzz: June 21 – 23, 2024
By Office of Communication
Posted on June 20, 2024, June 20, 2024

Here are a few ways you can enjoy your weekend in The American Dream City. 

Discover Summer

Arlington Public Library's Discover Summer is returning from June 1 to July 31, 2024. Everyone is invited to enjoy fun activities all summer long. Free programs, classes, experiences, and more will be available for all ages. Whether you're a lifelong resident or new to the area, you are invited to join for an amazing summer of fun, learning, and community engagement! Click here to check out all the programs this summer. 

Matilda JR 

One of the best ways to support education programs at Theatre Arlington is to watch students perform! The Musical Theatre Performance kids will open Matilda JR with public performances 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 through Saturday, June 21. Matilda JR is a gleefully witty ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination, packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs. This hour-long story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the "revolting children" who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson. Click here for ticket information. 

City of Arlington Pools and Splash Pads

It's officially pool season! Find more information like pool hours and admission costs by clicking here.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor 

 Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, the largest waterpark in North Texas, is open daily for the 2024 season daily through Sunday, Aug. 11 and then will be open during Saturday and Sunday the rest of August. Hurricane Harbor offers guests more than 40 rides, slides, attractions, and pools across a sprawling 47 acres with three million gallons of water. Families can enjoy the adventures of Splashwater Beach and Hook’s Lagoon and experienced thrill seekers can take on Tsunami Surge, Typhoon Twister and Wahoo Racer. One of the park’s newest attractions is Banzai Pipeline, a four-story waterslide complex boasting three unique body slides that will spin, splash, and swirl guests down nearly 300-feet. For more information, including park hours, special events, dining options and to purchase tickets, please visit www.sixflags.com/hurricaneharbortexas.

Theoria Eclipsium: Curiosity, Captivation, Connection

 UTA Libraries Special Collections is proud to present Theoria Eclipsium: Curiosity, Captivation, Connection, an exhibition featuring over 500 years of Eclipse History! The exhibition features maps, rare books, and photographs from Special Collections and shows that regardless of time period or scientific knowledge, eclipses bring us together! This exhibition was produced in collaboration with students in Dr. Kim Breuer's Medieval Science and Technology class. The exhibit will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., inside UTA Libraries Special Collections, on the sixth floor of Central Library until Saturday, Aug. 31, 2024. Eclipse glasses and other giveaway items will be available for viewers of the exhibit, while supplies last.

Arlington Museum of Art’s Three Exhibitions 

The new Arlington Museum of Art in the Entertainment District features three new exhibitions, Pompeii: The Immortal City, One Point Five Degrees, and Youth Art Month. For ticket information, click here

Copa America

The CONMEBOL Copa America 2024™️ is coming to AT&T Stadium 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2024 with Peru vs. Chile and 5 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2024 with the United States of America versus Bolivia. Click on each matchup for ticket information. 

Little Explorers – Downtown Library 

Stop by The Play Room at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library on 10 a.m. Fridays for a morning of play-based learning.  This come-and-go program will vary week-to-week as librarians explore art, math, science, engineering, and fine motor skills.  Join the Arlington Public Library for a playfully discover the world around us! Designed for ages 1-4. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the APL at (817) 459-6900 or by email at [email protected].

Family Storytime – Southeast Branch Library

Join the Arlington Public Library’s fabulous library staff to sing, read and wiggle during storytime at the Southeast Branch Library 10:30 a.m. Fridays. This storytime is geared for ages 2-5. They will read books, sing songs, and have an activity after the program each week. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 459-6900 or by email at [email protected].

Tween Design Club

Architecture! Fashion! Movie sets! Book covers! Websites! Inventions! Theme parks! Whether it's the buildings we live in, the vehicles we ride, the clothes we wear, or the objects we use, design is all around us. This club is dedicated to the design thinkers of the future. This summer, the Arlington Public Library will gather each week to focus on one interesting topic to explore, then we will develop our own unique designs based on these discussions. The event takes place 2-3 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2024, at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library’s Children Play Room. For ages 9-13 ONLY. No registration necessary. To encourage peer camaraderie, club members are encouraged to attend meetings as many weeks during the summer as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 459-6900 or by email at [email protected].

Creativity Corner 

Swing by the Southeast Branch Library 3-4:45 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2024, and dive into your creativity with this school-age through teen process art program. Each week will have a theme and sensory element to offer us inspiration and guidance as you work to make an original piece of art using a wide array of supplies (including but not limited to buttons, pipe cleaners, baking soda paint, watercolors, yarn). Creativity Corner is part of our Supporting Neurodivergent Access to Programming series.  Because this program uses hot glue and some small-sized craft supplies, it is not recommended for very young children. Each week this program is available while supplies last. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 459-6900 or by email at [email protected].

Super Smash Bros Tournament

The Northeast Branch Library will be hosting a Super Smash Brothers tournament for teens 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2024. Join the battle against others to see who comes out on top. It is a bracket-style tournament for teens to compete against each other. The teens will play Super Smash Brothers Ultimate for the Switch. No Switch required to participate. This program is open to teens ages 13 - 17. Controllers will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 459-6900 or by email at [email protected].

Ogre-Sized Splash Bash

Calling all ogres and fairytale creatures! Join the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department at an indoor swamp at East Library and Recreation Center to swim and enjoy the hit motion-picture Shrek. Come on and let's ogre-load on fun 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2024! Click here to register!

Friday Night Splash Party 

Dive into the excitement at The Beacon Recreation Center's Friday Night Splash Party 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2024. Join under the stars at the splash pad for an evening filled with music, laughter, and delicious eats. Bring your friends and family for a fun-filled night of splashing and dancing to the rhythm of the beats. With a featured food truck offering delectable treats (don't forget to bring cash or card for purchases), you'll satisfy your cravings while soaking up the vibrant atmosphere. Best of all, admission is FREE! All ages welcome. No registration required.

100 Party at Cliff 

We're celebrating 100 years of fun with Arlington Parks & Recreation! The Cliff Nelson Recreation Center hosts a party where 100 is the main attraction 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2024. The event is free to attend.

Rangers host Kansas City Royals    

Your hometown Rangers host the Kansas City Royals for a three-game weekend set at Globe Life Field 7:05 p.m. Friday, June 21, 3:05 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and 1:35 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2024. Ticket information can be found on the Rangers’ website

Chicken and Biscuits at Theatre Arlington

Check out ‘Chicken and Biscuits’ at Theatre Arlington. A laugh-out-loud comedy, following the Jenkins family as they come together to celebrate the life of their father, hopefully without killing each other. But any hopes for a peaceful reunion unravel when a family secret shows up at the funeral. The show runs from Friday, June 7 until Sunday, June 23, 2024. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, and then 2 p.m. Sunday. Purchase tickets on-site or at Theatre Arlington’s website

Shows at Arlington Music Hall

The Arlington Music Hall has shows you can enjoy this weekend: Bee Gees Gold The Tribute 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 and then 10 a.m. Sunday, June 22, it’s the 5th Annual NFF Dallas Showdown Classic. Click on the event for ticket information.  

Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series 

 Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s Summer Concert Series continues starting 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2024, with The War and Treaty with Jordan Nix; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2024 with Lone Star Skynyrd with Jomo and the Possum Posse; then 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2024, with Aaron Copeland with Bailey Rae. The concert is free. Open seating is available on the lawn. Please bring blankets and lawn chairs. You also can bring your own food and coolers with beverages, including alcohol, but no glass containers, please. Parking is free. For directions to the Levitt, please see Directions & Parking.

Tacos and Tequila

Celebrate a Tacos and Tequila themed party Friday, June 21, 2024, from 8pm - 2am at Texas Live! Enjoy a night filled with drink specials including discounted Paleta shots, bull riding contest, piñata breaking contest, line dancing and taco platters from 8pm -10pm. There is free entry, but you can click here to book your table in advance by clicking here

The Board Walk

Arlington residents are invited to The Board Walk, a walk-and-talk style citizen engagement event where residents will meet members of the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and have the opportunity to voice feedback and ask questions about our parks system. This meet-up will take place at the Randol Mill Park playground 9-10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2024. The event is free to attend. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 817-459-5477.

Pet Adoptions Event

Join Arlington Animal Services mobile adoption truck will be at PetSmart at Arlington Highlands with furry friends to meet 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2024. Stop by to visit with an adoptable pet to get some pet therapy and possibly a forever friend. Cannot make it to the event? See adoptable pets by clicking here - or meet them in-person at Arlington Animal Services at 1000 SE Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX 76018, open until 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Quilting Retreat

You are excited to invite you to our a Quilting Retreat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2024, at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library’s Makerspace. During the day long project, you will make a Jelly Roll quilt top. Sewing machine experience required. Registration needed for use of our machines. Please email [email protected] if you would like to bring your own sewing machine. This class is appropriate for adults. Click here for registration. 

Edible Landscaping

Edible landscapes are one of the most popular new gardening trends and it is easy to see why! Create lush landscapes with interesting flowers, colors, and textures with plants that can be consumed in a variety of ways. The different types of plants that can be used in an edible landscape and sample a pesto made with easy-to-grow basil plants. The class will be 45 minutes long and taught by a Tarrant County Master Gardener from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2024, at the Southwest Branch Library.

The Lost Language of Cemeteries

You expect to find names and dates on gravestones but what’s all that other stuff? What were the seemingly random symbols, shapes, figures, and other designs carved in the stones intending to communicate? This mostly forgotten language of cemetery symbols was understood at a glance by cemetery visitors 100 years ago but is sadly lost to most of us. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With a little knowledge and a little practice, you too can crack the code involving anchors, acorns, broken columns, inverted torches, severed flower buds, tree bark, etc. Learn about this secret symbolism by exploring Arlington Cemetery at this event 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2024. Park along Mary Street or in the lot of Senter Park (700 S. Mary Street). Then look for an Arlington Public Library flag or banner near a white canopy just inside the cemetery. If you have a folding chair or camp chair, feel free to bring it!

¡Viva Tejas!

Head over to Texas Live! 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2024, as the Texas Rangers celebrate Hispanic culture together throughout the season. As a way to recognize and empower the Hispanic community, Viva Tejas welcomes you to CBD Kratom Backyard one Home Saturday Game every month, highlighting Hispanic traditions through food, live music, vendors, games, and more! This Saturday, there will be live music by Gerardo Ortiz. 

All Elite Wrestling presents Collision

A night at an All-Elite Wrestling show is packed with action 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Esports Stadium Arlington. Boasting an impressive roster of diverse male and female wrestlers, All Elite Wrestling features a wide variety of wrestling styles and twist-filled plots. A typical AEW night involves being right there for the broadcast of its flagship TBS show, AEW Dynamite, AEW Rampage on TNT, or the newest TNT show, AEW Collision. Be there live to see all the athleticism, big personalities, exciting storylines, and hard-hitting wrestling action that has become synonymous with AEW and expect a night of epic rivalries and unforgettable matches with all the stars you love to watch.

The Amen Corner Gospel Stage Play (The Revised Version)

The play takes place 6 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2024, at the Summit High School Theatre. It's another Sunday at Hold My Mule While I Shout Missionary Evangelistic of Holiness Baptist Church of God in Christ. The mothers' board (Moma Ida, Mother Coleman, and Mother Campbell) continues to do what they do best, which is talk about everyone that enters the church, trying to seduce the pastor, wishing death on the first lady, and running the saints out of the church. The minister of music, Minister Jeffery, is trying to take the choir to another level, but there's just one problem...... the choir is out of control. Will Hold My Mule While I shout Missionary Evangelistic of Holiness Baptist Church of God in Christ ever get it together?

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