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Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

Every spring - usually the last three days of April - Denton hosts the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, a city-sponsored event that brings over 200,000 people per year for live music, food, drink, crafts, and recreation at the Civic Center Park. Big-name performers and bands such as Arturo Sandoval and Tower of Power have performed at the Festival.

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Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites

74 guest rooms each with pillow top mattresses, cable satellite television with HBO and high-speed Internet access. Complimentary full breakfast. Additional amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, exercise facility, hot tub and cocktail lounge. Business travelers will appreciate the quality meeting, banquet and conference facilities.

SLEEP   —  +1 940 387-1000 —  2450 Brinker Rd

Comfort Suites at the University of North Texas

Closest hotel to the University of North Texas. A 100% smoke free hotel with large spacious rooms with either 1 King size bed or 2 Queen size beds that includes free wired and wireless high speed internet access. All rooms include microwave and refrigerator along with a free hot breakfast 6:30AM-9:30AM.

UNT on the Square

An arts and meeting space devoted to presenting UNT arts programming in service to the university and to the community at large. UNT on the Square also houses the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts.

SEE   —  +1 940 369-8257 —  109 N. Elm St

Acoustic Lawn Jam

On the Hickory side of the courthouse. Every Saturday from 10AM to 1PM weather permitting, folks bring their fiddles, guitars, banjos, and mandolins for a free-for-all jam session.

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La Mexicana

Very authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex, 5 blocks south of the square on Locust. The lunch specials are very popular with the local Mexican community. Try the tilapia.

Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream

After a meal at one of the square's restaurants, head to the south side of the courthouse for some freshly made ice cream in a parlor straight out of the 50's.

Cool Beans

Sports bar with many TV screens, darts, a rooftop patio, and frequent live music by mostly local acts. Try their unique hamburgers. Happy hour specials til 7.

Trail Dust Steak House

Very famous steakhouse in the country east of town. If you wear a necktie, it may be cut off with scissors by the staff. Occasional live music.

Holiday Inn Express

Brand new hotel from 2009, all rooms include mini-refrigerators and microwaves. All room rates include a hot continental breakfast.

SLEEP   —  +1 940 808-0600 —  4485 North I-35

Historic courthouse and the Courthouse–on–the-Square Museum

Denton's courthouse, built in 1896, houses a museum collection of heirlooms, pottery, and weapons, all artifacts of local history.

New York Sub Hub

This long-time Denton institution serves up some of the best sandwiches around. There is a second location at 305 W University Dr.

EAT   —  +1 940 383-3213 —  906 Avenue C

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

Modern, sophisticated decor, jacuzzi suites, onsite restaurant, the Lone Oak Bar & Grille, room service, indoor pool and hot tub.

Recycled Books and Records

The old opera house now houses a very large locally-owned used book store with a strangely organized but fantastic selection.

BUY   —  +1 940 566-5688 —  200 N.Locust

Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio

In the warehouse district east of downtown, this garage venue hosts a lot of great national acts that skip even Dallas.

DRINK   —  +1 940 387-7781 —  411 E Sycamore

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival

Dance to the sounds of Brave Combo on the Square, enjoy the lights, and partake in the annual Wassail Tasting Contest.

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Thai Ocha

Great Thai Food. Local restaurant with great service and affordable food. The curry & noodle dishes are fantastic.

Lucky Lou's

A happening college bar with pool tables inside and a large outdoor patio in front. Happy hour from 9 to 11.


Sandwiches, burgers, seafood, and many vegetarian options in classy atmosphere with occasional live music.

EAT   —  +1 940 484-1349 —  600 N Locust

Mr. Chopsticks

Fantastic Chinese and Thai dishes. The sesame chicken and the almond chicken are scrumptious.

Mi Casita

Small Mexican restaurant with decent lunch and dinner but ''excellent'' breakfast burritos.


Good Italian food in a unique setting. The garlic rolls keep the locals coming back.

Heritage Inns Bed and Breakfast cluster

Charming bed and breakfast service in three houses built between 1902 and 1916.

One O'Clock Lab Band

University of North Texas' world-famous group offering jazz performances.

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A take-out joint specializing in barbecue and tradition German sausages.

Bayless-Selby House Museum

A Victorian house from the 1880's offers a glimpse of local history.

I Love Sushi

Sushi and sashimi, plus other favorites like teriyaki and tempura.

EAT   —  917 Sunset St.

Lone Oak Bar & Grill - Holiday Inn Hotel

Great Bar & Grill located in the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites.

Fuzzy's Tacos

Unusual taco creations including Fish Tempura tacos.

EAT   —  115 Industrial


Popular bar with a nice covered outdoor seating area

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LSA Burger Co.

Great hamburgers in a Texas music themed setting.

The Wildwood Inn

A quaint bed and breakfast in the countryside.

Andaman Thai

Best Thai food in Denton. Just off the square.

EAT   —  +1 940 591-8790 —  508 S Elm St.

Andy's Bar & Grill

Busy bar an music venue right on the square.

DRINK   —  +1 940 565-5400 —  122 N. Locust

Dan's Silverleaf

One of the best live venues in the DFW area.


Popular Greek and Mediterranean restaurant.

35 Denton

A music festival held downtown every March.

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Thin Line

Film and music festival held every February

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The Drink

Live music from great local bands.

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Hannah's Off The Square

Casual fine dining restaurant.

EAT   —  111 W Mulberry St.

Rockin Rodeo

The local honky-tonk.

DRINK   —  +1 940 565-6611 —  1009 Ave. C

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