Strauss Square

A lively outdoor gathering place where all are welcome, Annette Strauss Square is the perfect destination for family-friendly outings, romantic evenings enjoying music and dancing or get-togethers with friends in a convenient spot. Tucked between some of the nation’s finest arts venues, Strauss Square captures the beauty of the outdoors and the bustle of the Dallas arts community.

Location and Parking

2403 Flora St., Dallas TX 75201

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The Center offers underground, on-site, valet and self-parking options during performance times. Lexus Red Parking is beneath the Winspear Opera House, and Lexus Silver Parking is beneath Moody Performance Hall.

Both are accessible from Jack Evans Street on the east end of the Dallas Arts District.

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What you need to know

No one under the age of 13 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Valid ID is required and will be checked for all alcohol purchases regardless of age.

Only the following bags will be allowed in the venue:

  • One bag that is clear plastic or vinyl and does not exceed 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches.or
  • One 1-gallon clear plastic freezer bag and a small clutch purse no larger than 4.5 inches x 6 .5 inches.

All clear bags and clutch purses will be screened prior to entry.

  • Patrons who need medical supplies or devices and members of the working media are not subject to the policy but will be required to go through the bag check line at the entry gate for screening.
  • Patrons who require medical supplies or devices must maintain possession at all times. Media and medical exception bags will be tagged once cleared through security.

Small, non-professional personal cameras are allowed in Strauss Square. Flash photography, videography and cameras with removable lenses are not permitted without venue approval. This policy is subject to change based on the artist or event. Some artists do not permit photography or recording, so please check on the show you are attending to make sure cameras are allowed. Cameras must fit in your pocket or in a small clutch bag.

Performances will be presented rain or shine, but in the case of severe storms it is possible that they will be delayed. Any delay or postponement will be made by the artist and venue management, and all announcements regarding weather delay will be made on location and via AT&T Performing Arts Center social media platforms.

Only in a rare event will a concert be cancelled. Prior to the concert, check the AT&T Performing Arts Center Facebook page, Instagram, or X page for updates. During the concert, any weather-related messages will be conveyed onsite via loudspeakers and online via social media.

Because of the lack of structural shelters at Annette Strauss Square, if and when it has been determined the venue must be evacuated, patrons must exit the grounds and seek safe shelter until notified by the Center’s staff or social media.

Seating on the lawn is always first come, first served; space will be limited for certain events. Blankets are allowed. Because space may be limited, we ask that all blankets be folded directly under your occupied area only. Please be courteous of other patrons near you and do not take up more space than is needed.

Chairs that meet the following criteria are permitted on the lawn area:

If you lose an item while visiting Strauss Square, please speak with a Patron Services representative as soon as possible. Any items turned in will be held for 45 days after each event, and any unclaimed items will be donated or discarded. To inquire about lost items, call AT&T Performing Arts Center Public Safety at 214-978-3620.

No outside food or beverages will be allowed in Annette Strauss Square. Certain items purchased at the Center will be permitted.

AT&T Performing Arts Center staff has the right to prohibit any personal property that is a potential hazard to others or is deemed inappropriate or dangerous. The following is a partial list of prohibited items:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Camelback style hydration packs/water reservoirs
  • Coolers
  • Drones
  • Fireworks
  • Glass or metal containers
  • Glow sticks
  • Go-Pro cameras
  • Hula hoops
  • Illegal drugs of any kind
  • Inflatables, including beach balls, balloons, chairs or sofas
  • Laser pens or pointers
  • Musical instruments
  • Noise-making devices
  • Outside food and beverage
  • Picnic baskets
  • Selfie sticks
  • Signs and posters
  • Skateboards, scooters or any wheeled devices other than those that are ADA compliant
  • Strollers or car seats
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons, including toys or cosplay items made to resemble weapons

Re-entry is generally prohibited at Annette Strauss Square; please make sure you bring everything you will need when you enter the event. Guests who have a medical or other emergency and need to re-enter should contact a Patron Services representative for assistance.

Because of the versatile nature of this venue, all seating is event-specific.

For the safety of guests, all patrons and their possessions are subject to search as a condition of admittance.

Upon entering the venue, all patrons will be subject to the same security screening process, which includes walk-through metal detectors and, in some cases, hand wands. In addition, all bags, purses, blankets and personal items are subject for inspection.

Ticketholders should be aware that there are no provisions for returning prohibited items that are left at the venue entrances. We encourage you to leave all prohibited items at home or in your vehicle before entering the venue. AT&T Performing Arts Center reserves the right to refuse admission to any person not in compliance with all policies or the explicit direction of venue staff.

If you have a medical reason for not wanting to be searched via metal detectors, please notify Public Safety staff upon arrival at the gate and they will provide an alternative.

The AT&T Performing Arts Center and Annette Strauss Square are nonsmoking facilities. Smoking tobacco, e-cigarettes or other combustible organic materials are not allowed. Violation of the policy may result in removal from the facility.

Carrying of weapons or firearms is prohibited at Annette Strauss Square under Texas Penal Code 30.06 and 30.07, even if you have a license. Weapons of any kind, including guns, knives, explosives, brass knuckles, Tasers, mace or pepper spray are not permitted.


The AT&T Performing Arts Center is dedicated to inclusivity. Accessible parking, assistive listening devices, open captioning, sign language interpretation and sensory-inclusive aid are available.

Please let us know how we can help you when you purchase tickets by contacting the access liaison at 214-978-3632 or

About Annette Strauss Square

Named for the late Dallas mayor, Annette Strauss Square provides a vibrant setting for outdoor performances, festivals and events, all surrounded by the city’s dynamic skyline. The venue is adjacent to Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park in the heart of the Dallas Arts District.

Designed by Foster + Partners, the space is open to the public when not being used for events. The venue can accommodate more than 2,000 visitors, with concrete walls bordering the lawn to provide a barrier for ticketed events and to ensure patrons are not distracted by traffic.

Along with its large lawn, the venue features the Shannon and Ted Skokos Pavilion, the Porch at Strauss Square and Performance Plaza. The exterior of the Skokos Pavilion is clad in diamond-shaped panels arranged in a random mixture of silver anodized aluminum and brushed zinc finishes. This mixture of finishes heightens the play of light reflecting on the building.

The front of the stage house incorporates roller shutter doors, which retract to allow large speaker arrays to project during performances, then return to their protected enclosure when not in use.