Greater Denton Arts Council

special events

Join us for exciting special events throughout the year including First Fridays at the Arts Center, Thursday Nights @ PAAC, and the annual CARA Awards. 

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Stay late at the Arts Center and enjoy programs, events, and exhibitions through 9 PM each Thursday night, thanks to support from First State Bank. Upcoming events include:

Ongoing Programs:

Kitchen Sync: Open Mic for Poets, Every Third Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Does your organization have an event idea but no way or nowhere to execute it? 
Click the link below to learn more and get involved. 

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Enjoy First Fridays at the Arts Center as part of the monthly event across Downtown Denton. Each month brings a new experience thanks to support from the Dallas Observer and We Denton Do It. Upcoming events include:




community arts recognition  award

Check back next spring for 2020 date
Cocktail Attire
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

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. Join us in 2018 as we honor past recipients as part of GDAC's 50th Anniversary Celebration. Program by Donna Trammell, music by the Brad Leali Trio, and food by Jimmy Meredith.

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Annual KARAOKE Night

Check back soon for upcoming dates
Tickets $10 at the door | $5 pay per karaoke tune after 10PM
Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton, Texas

Support the arts and hear your favorite Denton stars sing karaoke! Join us for Karaoke Thunderdome, an '80's Karaoke night featuring performers from some of your favorite watering holes in Denton at the legendary Dan's Silver Leaf. 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.