On the first Saturday of May 2018, Dallas Fest held it’s inaugural festival in the Dallas West End. The festival was created to highlight some of the innovative creators our city has to offer, while also showing attendees that our district is evolving into an innovative and active place.

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The West End has been a downtown Dallas date night destination for decades.  It was a familiar sight in the 1980s to be in the West End and see a young couple going to play video games in Dallas Alley, while at the same time an older couple was enjoying a carriage ride in the evening air. While the times and attractions have changed over the years, one thing has remained. The West End is still a popular, and great place to go for a fun and romantic date.

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Ask anyone in Dallas what makes this city great and you will not receive the same answer twice – from historical landmarks to Texas-original food to the bustling and growing arts community, each Dallasite and Texan has their definition. Now, ask anyone in Dallas the history of the historic West End district, and you might run into some overlap.

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As busy Dallasites, we spend a good part of the year outside enjoying the weather and exploring all that downtown Dallas has to offer, sometimes neglecting to keep a conscience mind on how much we could be spending each trip out. Luckily, Dallas is home to the historic West End district, and within the district are budget-friendly and family-friendly places to eat, shop, and discover for the weekends when you might be stretched thin.

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The sun is shining, the days are longer and love is in the air! Whether you’re looking to have a simple and classic Valentine’s Day weekend, bring back some old-school romance with your long-time love or entertain fun with friends, the West End Historic District and surrounding downtown Dallas offer options for everyone all weekend long.

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Each year, the NCA High School Cheerleading Championship brings thousands of youth from all over to downtown Dallas to compete in a rigorous, two-day competition. The NCA is the world’s most original cheerleading company. With a dedication to innovation and a passion for leadership, NCA has paved the way for modern day cheerleading all over the world.

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Since 1972, Dallas Safari Club has been the gathering point for hunters, conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts throughout the metroplex. As an international organization, DSC offers members a world of options: annual conventions and expositions, monthly meetings and other member activities, education for youth and the general public and to promote and protect the rights and interests of hunters worldwide, conservationists, and wildlife enthusiasts.

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The magical glow of the holiday season brings out the best in downtown Dallas – from the food, lights around the city, the crisp winter air, and some of the best and unique food that can only been found in the historic West End – your Thanksgiving weekend can be booked all within blocks.
Where will you start? With so many great things to do in downtown Dallas and the West End year-round, starting the holidays with Thanksgiving here really make it special.

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West End is unparalleled – from our wide selection of restaurants, museums, and cultural and historical buildings, the West End in downtown Dallas is home to several unique and special businesses that make us stand out as one of the leading metros.

From architecture and interior design, advertising, real estate, and distribution, the historic West End is a hotspot for thriving businesses and opportunities to thrive in all areas of work.

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A recent report from The Bureau of Labor Statistics has listed El Centro College’s Food and Hospitality Institute as #39 in the nation! El Centro College is the ideal location for chefs and other culinary professionals in the metroplex; and with several restaurants catered and nearby to the urban downtown Dallas crowd, it provides and excellent opportunity for hands-on training and employment right outside the door.

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