Abilene Cultural District

Downtown Abilene and The Grace Museum





In downtown Abilene, you can find museums, art galleries, restaurants, shopping and cultural events nearly every day of the week!


The Abilene Cultural District was one of the first five cultural districts in the state designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts.


Abilene was recognized by the state for utilizing the arts in downtown redevelopment. Abilene was among the first Texas cities to understand the important economic role the arts can play in communities. The Abilene Cultural District is home to The Grace Museum, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, the Center for Contemporary Arts, the Elks Arts Center, Abilene Ballet Theatre, Historic Paramount Theatre, the Abilene Philharmonic, the Abilene Convention Center, Cockerell Studios & Gallery, Frontier Texas!, a restored historic train depot that serves as the offices of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, and more.


Benefits of being included in the state's Cultural District Program include access to funding through TCA grants, inclusion in state marketing and public relations activities, and the opportunity to utilize the state’s brand in marketing activities executed by the individual cultural districts.


Visit downtown Abilene and see all the wonderful things we have to offer!



Abilene Cultural District map in Texas

Ballet Folklorico in the Abilene Cultural District

Arts, Music & Culture

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The Abilene Cultural District is home to a variety of venues for the performing arts, live music, theater and art exhibitions. .

Parade during CALF in downtown Abilene Storybook Capital of America

Storybook Capital of America©

Downtown Abilene



Abilene was designated the Storybook Capital of Texas in 2015. In 2018, the city trademarked the term Storybook Capital of America. The city is the Storybook Capital because it is home to the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, the annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival, the nation's largest collection of storybook sculptures and the Storybook Art Adventure Trail. The Storybook Capital theme is a collaboration with the arts and cultural organizations in the Abilene Cultural District that celebrates art and reading.

ArtWalk in downtown Abilene Texas

Upcoming Events

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Arts and entertainment are happening in the Abilene Cultural District every day of the week! Check out our calendar to see what's happening next.