- 505 E. Border St., Arlington, TX, Texas
- April 24, 2019
Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s mission is to provide 50 multi-cultural free performances annually that promote respect for diversity, enrich family values and enhance community spirit through a shared appreciation of the arts. The Levitt’s free concerts include professional artists from our own backyard and around the world, including World Music, rich Americana music, Texas-bred country, fiery Tejano, jazz, blues and gospel from original artists that include Grammy winners and nominees. A significant number of the families who gather on the Levitt lawn could not experience live music and the arts if they had to purchase a ticket. We are most proud of serving those families and individuals from low-income neighborhoods who can’t afford to participate in the arts any other way or afford a family night out together.
In addition to free music, the Levitt hosts a summer Family Movie Night. On Thursday evenings, family-friendly movies were shown on the Levitt's giant video screen for families to enjoy together on the lawn on summer nights. The Levitt Pavilion opens up the arts experience and makes it accessible -- and inviting -- to everyone to enjoy as a family and as a community.
In its first decade, Levitt Pavilion Arlington has welcomed more than 1 million music lovers, and Arlington’s once sleepy downtown will never be the same!
As Levitt Pavilion Arlington begins its second decade, it is proud to average more than 100,000 people on its lawn each year as it continues to build community through music with more than 50 free concerts a year. During its 10th anniversary season in 2018, more than 103,000 people attended concerts from five countries, 24 states and 134 cities to hear 260 artists perform original music. For free!
Levitt Pavilion Arlington belongs to a national network of Levitts, which began with Mortimer Levitt, a businessman who loved live music and outdoor concerts, but couldn't afford the admission price as a youth. When Mortimer retired and sold his successful business, he and his wife created the Levitt Foundation to support music and the arts. The first Levitt Pavilion opened in 1974 in Westport, Conn. Mortimer passed away in 2005, and the Levitt family lost his wife, Mimi, earlier this year, but their legacy lives on in six Levitt Pavilions across the country with three more scheduled to open over the next two years. All of the Levitt Pavilions present a minimum of 50 free concerts that bring entire communities together to enjoy family-friendly music.