Five years ago on November 1, Sundance Square opened a one-acre plaza following decades of planning and 18 months of construction. Now, the 35-block entertainment and shopping destination is preparing to celebrate with a “Five & Funky” celebration that is free to the community November 1 & 2.
“Since opening November 2013, our Plaza has often been referred to as Fort Worth’s living room,” said Johnny Campbell, Sundance Square president and CEO. “We have hosted countless events including ESPN’s coverage of the Men’s Final Four, pep rally’s for TCU, Plaza Palooza and movie nights that have attracted thousands of people. But, just as importantly, we’ve witnessed numerous wedding proposals and impromptu reunions taking place in the plaza. We are honored that people have made Sundance Square Plaza their personal meeting place.”
On Thursday, November 1, Sundance Square will start the “Five & Funky” festivities with a pep rally in the plaza to kick off the 2018-19 TCU Men’s and Women’s basketball season. There will be music well as appearances by the TCU basketball teams, coaches, Showgirls, marching band and, of course, SuperFrog.
On Friday morning, November 2, the party continues in the Sundance Square Plaza with a “5-shaped” donut giveaway by Funkytown Donuts. From noon – 2 p.m. Sundance Square will pick random people shopping in Sundance Square to receive $5 Sundance Square gift cards. At 5:30 p.m. Fort Worth’s renowned comedy troupe Four Day Weekend will take the main stage for a brief show as the team temporarily changes it’s name to “Five Day Weekend” in honor of the anniversary. Then Le Freak, billed as “the greatest disco band in the world” will perform from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on the Plaza Stage.
“We’re very excited to celebrate our Five & Funky anniversary with our community,” said Tracy Gilmour, Sundance Square marketing director. “All events in the plaza will be free and open to the public. It’s our way of thanking the people who work in and around Sundance Square, the residents of Fort Worth and those who’ve visited from near and far over the past five years to make the plaza such a huge success.”
Shortly after the Five & Funky celebration, Sundance Square will begin gearing up for the holidays. On Monday, November 12, the Sundance Square Christmas Tree will arrive in the Plaza. Sundance Square elves will spend the week decorating the tree for the Saturday, November 17 Tree Lighting and the Sunday, November 18 Parade of Lights.
“Sundance Square Plaza continues to be the centerpiece of downtown Fort Worth,” said Campbell. “We’re proud to be the caretakers of this vivacious treasure. We want the community to mark their calendars to join us in all the great activities we have planned through the end of the year which is a fabulous opportunity to build memories with friends and family.”
Parking is always free in Sundance Square after 5 pm on weekdays. Before 5 pm, parking is free with validation from a Sundance Square restaurant or retailer. Validation is good for 2.5 hours of dining or shopping, or four hours for weekday movies. Weekends are free throughout the day and evening.
Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts more than 10 million visitors each year for dining, shopping, events, and performances. For more information visit sundancesquare.com or follow the business and entertainment development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter @sundancesquare.