Greater Denton Arts Council

special events

Join us for exciting special events throughout the year including First Fridays at the Arts Center, Arts All Night, and the annual CARA Awards. 

AN EVENING WITH KEVIN SMITH: THE ART OF COMICS presented by Greater Denton Arts Council
Saturday, September 17, 2016, NEW START TIME: 8:30 PM
Murchison Performing Arts Center, Denton, Texas
Tickets $40 general admission, $35 for students and GDAC members with current ID or membership card; limited discount seats available

 Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men, writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State & Tusk. Don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with the comics enthusiast and man who brought the world these films. He can be heard daily at, a vast network of podcasts. This event features adult content and explicit language. Over 18 suggested.

An Evening with Kevin Smith: The Art of Comics is presented by the Greater Denton Arts Council in conjunction with the exhibition Heroes in the Making: The Art of Comic Production. The exhibition is on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in historic downtown Denton September 16 - December 10, 2016. 

North Texas State Fair and Rodeo: Lecture and Book Signing
With Nanci Monroe Kimmey and Georgia Kemp Caraway
Friday, September 9, 5:30 – 7 PM, FREE
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center 

Tour the exhibition The Texas Cowboy: Historic Photos from the Charles Cook Collection, then hear the behind the scenes stories of the new book North Texas State Fair and Rodeo.

Afterwards, meet the authors during a book signing.

5:30 – 6:00 PM    The Texas Cowboy exhibition open to guests
6:00 – 6:45 PM     Lecture with the authors
6:45 – 7:00 PM     Book signing


Thursday, September 22, 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Online Giving Event at; Denton Square Celebration, 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Calling all heroes for the arts! Join GDAC staff and friends on the Denton square for superhero selfies, comic making, and more! Your donation of $25 or more will be multiplied! Give onsite or online at by searching for Greater Denton Arts Council.

This year, enjoy First Fridays at the Arts Center as part of the monthly event across Downtown Denton. Each month brings a new experience.


Casino Night, Auction, and Live Music benefiting the Greater Denton Arts Council & United Way of Denton County
Saturday, December 31, 8 PM – 1 AM
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in historic downtown Denton

This New Year’s Eve, be transported to the glamour of vintage Las Vegas without leaving your hometown. Mix and mingle while enjoying cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres by Barley and Board. Try your luck at the casino tables in the galleries or be a high roller in high limit lounge. Dance the night away to the big band sounds of David Pierce and his Holiday Orchestra and DJ Woodtronic. Toast the new year with fabulous prizes and much more! 


Celebrate the arts ALL NIGHT with the Greater Denton Arts Council! Dance the night away with Brave Combo and Jessie Frye and enjoy performances in the galleries, artist demos, family art activities, flashlight tours, films, storytelling, karaoke, food trucks, and much more! 

Please check back for more information on our 2017 Arts All Night event next spring.

Since 1974, the annual Community Arts Recognition Award (CARA) honors those who have significantly enhanced the cultural life and status of Denton through outstanding achievement in the field of fine arts or for service to the arts in the community.

Please check back for the announcement of our 2017 CARA award winners next spring.

Support the arts and hear your favorite Denton stars sing karaoke! Join us as Eric Pulido hosts an evening of All Star Karaoke at Dan's Silverleaf. After 10:00 PM, make a donation and take the stage with karaoke provided by DJ Mark Ridlen. All proceeds benefit the Greater Denton Arts Council and the arts of Denton.


Check back for summer 2017 dates and information.