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Live Entertainment Venues in Dallas, TX

Let your hair down, put on your leather pants and get to one of 10 awesome live event venues in the Metroplex this weekend. (OK, maybe skip the leather pants.)
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The Moon

Perhaps a little too well concealed in a small painted brick building on Berry Street near Texas Christian University is a little dive that puts out some of the biggest entertainment around. The Moon is a bar by day, but after 9 pm it becomes one of Fort Worth’s hottest live music venues. 

You never know what you’ll hear at The Moon – they’re a little bit country and a little bit rock n’ roll! And now, they’re a little bit funny. In an attempt to fill in the gap left by the closing of a near-by Hyena’s comedy club, they started hosting comedy-only open mic nights (a favorite of locals) every Sunday in early 2011. And the bar? Of course it’s still open after the entertainment starts!

Palladium Ballroom

The Palladium Ballroom has featured national artists like Cake, Kings of Leon and Rob Zombie (just to name a few). This refurbished historic building provides a great view of the stage (and plenty of screens just in case). Most people who take in a show at the Palladium are impressed by how close you can get to the artists. Frequent concert-goers can even buy preferred tickets. But the Palladium is only for those who like to stay on their feet and rock all night – there’s no seating for general-admission ticket-holders (standing room only). In addition to concerts, the Palladium hosts special parties (like New Year’s Eve) and can be rented for corporate or personal events. 

Bass Performance Hall

The crown jewel of downtown Fort Worth’s famous Sundance Square, Bass Performance Hall houses some of Fort Worth’s favorite cultural events, including the world-famous Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Opera, and Texas Ballet Theater. TV-watching fans of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition are more than familiar with the hall’s spacious interior, which is home to the competition and the subsequent Cliburn Concerts.

But Bass Hall isn’t all about the orchestra and the opera. They also book comedians, blues and jazz artists, and special productions of musicals by Casa Manana (a theater company focusing on getting children involved in the arts early). 

Photo courtesy of Performing Arts Fort Worth

Cowboys Stadium

No list of Dallas event venues would be complete without a nod to the newly rebuilt Cowboys Stadium. The new stadium features the world’s largest HDTV screen (over half a football field wide). There’s no such thing as a nosebleed section in this stadium!

But Cowboys Stadium hosts a variety of events. Company meetings, concerts, conventions and conferences, trade shows and consumer events and top-notch social galas have all called Cowboys Stadium home. In fact, you can host an event within an event during football season! Just deck out one of Cowboys Stadium’s lavish suites to host your bachelorette party or baby shower (you should probably make this one co-ed... it’s only fair.) 

Granada Theater

What started during the Golden Age of Hollywood as a first-run movie house has since become a first-class music hall. The Granada books bands from a multitude of genres: country, rock, indie, urban... you name it! The Granada Theater also serves a variety of Texas-style food prepared in-house by the Granada chefs. 

Locally owned and operated, the Granada allows local businesses, charities and even citizens to rent the space for special events. You can rent the entire theater or just just rent the VIP balcony during one of their concerts. Whether you’re headed to a concert or to a private party, you can't miss the Granada’s vintage 40-foot neon sign!