In the heart of Fort Worth, Sundance Square is a 28-block, open-space entertainment area of fun, fun and more fun. There also is serious art on offer, from theater to Western art to opera and jazz. It's all here, with two good hotels on site and several more within hearing distance of a tenor-sax solo. The Sundance Square venues you see today are modern incarnations (like the Square itself), but the area does have a history as old as the Chisholm Trail. (If locals are believed, not only did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hang out here, so did Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.)
They came in on horseback. Chances are, you'll come in from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), which is 20 miles to the northeast.
Chief among meeting venues is the Fort Worth Convention Center, which includes 253,226 square feet of exhibit space, a 28,160-square-foot ballroom and a 55,000-square-foot events plaza, among other enticements, is only a few blocks south of Sundance Square.
Two places dominate Sundance Square event venues: The Lone Star in Sundance Square has 22,000 square feet of party space for up to 1,200 persons, its options including a dance club, a karaoke club, a room featuring two dueling pianos, tequila and beer rooms and a stage for live music; while the enormous Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Opera, and, for those of you who remember him, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has a theater for 2,000 persons, the Van Cliburn Recital Hall for 300 and the Grand Lobby for 250, among other spaces. The 8.0 Bar is smaller, but still full of Texan spirit, and has an outdoor patio with live acts and the ability to host groups.
Two hotels right in Sundance Square are the 10-room Etta's Place and the 504-room Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth. Nearby are the 156-room Embassy Suites Fort Worth Downtown; 294-room Hilton Fort Worth; 39-room The Ashton (on the National Register of Historic Places), and 188-room Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown-Blackstone.
Sundance Square's excellent restaurants include Simply Fondue (with a private dining room for 26 persons), Ferre, with an Italian, steak and seafood menu, and Daddy Jack's Lobster & Chowder House, serving up New England dishes and space for groups of up to 20. Other options include Texas de Brazil, P.F. Chang's China Bistro and Reata at Sundance Square, which has a rooftop-dining patio and 20,000 square feet of space on four levels.