Arlington LGBTQ City Guide

A part of the metropolitan area known as Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Arlington is the seventh most populous city in Texas. It is a city full of so much to see, do, and enjoy – and one with plenty of opportunities, and many welcoming neighborhoods for all. If you’re thinking of finding your next home in Arlington, chances are, you’ll find plenty about it to love!

A Look at Arlington's History

The City of Arlington was named after General Robert E. Lee’s house of the same name in Virginia. It was founded in 1876 along the Texas and Pacific Railway, and due to its strategic location, it grew quickly and never stopped. The city has always been an important center of agriculture and industry, and it remains so to this day. It is a diverse, vibrant, and thriving city with so much to offer. For so many reasons, Arlington would be a great place to call home.

A Few Fun Facts About Arlington

  • Before Las Vegas, Arlington was the prime destination in the United States for gambling in the 1930s and 1940s.
  • If you love bowling you’ll love Arlington – the city is home to the Bowling International Training and Research Center, the International Bowling Hall of Fame, and the U.S. Bowling Congress.
  • Arlington is the national headquarters for the MENSA High IQ Society.

Read more fun facts about Arlington here.

Arlington’s LGBTQ Community                                        

Arlington is a city that loves and supports its LGBTQ community with a variety of resources, including:

PFLAG Arlington

PFLAG Arlington is the Arlington area’s local chapter of the national PFLAG organization, which is the largest grassroots organization of its kind in the country. PFLAG is well-known for its mission of supporting LGBTQ people, friends, family, and allies across the country in a wide variety of ways. With 500 chapters and more than 200,000 members in the United States, PFLAG plays a critical role in providing advocacy, support, and resources to the LGBTQ community.

What's the Weather Like in Arlington?

Those who live in Arlington can expect to experience all four unique seasons each year. Arlington usually has fairly mild winters, and very hot and humid summers, with pleasant fall and spring seasons that include vibrant wildflowers and changing leaves. Throughout the year, temperatures range from a low of 34ºF in January, to a high of around 95ºF in July. Arlington receives approximately 40 inches of rain per year, and usually an inch, or less, of snow.

Can’t-Miss Events in Arlington

Dallas Pride

Dallas Pride is only a short drive from Arlington – and it’s well worth the trip. This can’t-miss celebration offers parades, parties, family-friendly activities, networking opportunities, and more, all to celebrate the LGBTQ community and all that it adds to the city. It draws thousands of visitors each year, and always promises plenty of fun for all. Be sure to put it on your calendar – you won’t want to miss your chance to join in the fun!

The Best Neighborhoods in Arlington

If you’re thinking of making a move to Arlington, you will find that the entire city is very welcoming. Unlike some larger cities that tend to have one specific “gayborhood,” and particularly as Arlington is close to other bigger cities like Dallas, the LGBTQ community in Arlington is sprinkled throughout the city, so truly, anywhere in the city would make a wonderful place to call home. 

There are a wide variety of home styles available in different price ranges. The current median list price per square foot for homes in Arlington is around $143.

Arts and Entertainment

Arlington Museum of Art

Those who love fine art will find plenty of it to enjoy in Arlington, particularly at the Arlington Museum of Art. Throughout the year, the museum hosts art exhibitions and also offers art-related adult workshops, as well as children's classes, film screenings, lectures, and more.

Symphony Arlington

Under the guidance of Maestro Robert Carter Austin, the Symphony Arlington debuted in 2000 and has been entertaining the city with excellent performances ever since. The Symphony performs in the historic, elegant Arlington Music Hall, and includes the talents of nearly 100 musicians from several countries. Don't miss the chance to enjoy a performance for yourself!

Parks and Recreation

The Varsity Gay League

The Varsity Gay League calls itself the original LGBTQ+ Recreational Sports Organization. Established in 2007, the Dallas Varsity Gay League serves the greater Dallas area, including Arlington. The group offers year-round activities, games, and sporting events to unite the gay and straight communities with new and fun ways to play and interact. All are welcome!

River Legacy Paddling Trail

Those who enjoy being out on the water on a beautiful day can find plenty of opportunities to do so in Arlington. The River Legacy Paddling trail offers up to 8 miles of beautiful paddling along the West Fork of the Trinity River. There’s also a paddling trail at Lake Arlington, which is 10.8 miles in length.

Six Flags Over Texas

Six Flags Over Texas was the first regional theme park in the country and is named for the six different nations that governed Texas throughout its long history. Whether you love coasters, shows, water rides, family-friendly activities, or all of the above, you can find it here!

Arlington Nightlife

The 1851 Club

The 1851 Club is one of the most popular gay bars in Arlington. The Club offers pool, darts, karaoke, drag shows, friendly crowds, and plenty of opportunities to have fun.

JR's Bar and Grill

Located only a short drive away in Dallas, JR’s is well worth the trip. Established in 1980, JR’s Bar and Grill (named for one of the main characters in the 1980s soap opera Dallas) is considered by many to be one of the most popular gay bars in the city. Located in Cedar Springs, it is known for its cheap drinks, friendly atmosphere, and comfortable patio area.

Contact an Arlington Gay Realtor Today

If you're ready to make a move to Arlington, at, we're here to help you take the first step toward finding an agent who knows and loves the community, and who can help you find a home and a neighborhood you'll love. We're proud to have a network of excellent realtors in Arlington, and we would love to help connect you with the right one. Contact an  Arlington gay realtor today for a free, no-obligation consultation!