1. The Denton Downtown Square (commonly called The Square by locals) is Denton's largest social center. At its center stands the old Courthouse on the Square, which is Denton's most distinctive landmark, and is surrounded by antique shops, coffee houses, bars, clubs, restaurants, and music venues.


The square has been around since the beginning of time itself; approximately the 1880s.

The Square in 1883

There are many historic buildings on the square. The most prominent is, of course, the courthouse.

Buildings and Businesses

The square has businesses on and around it. Many of these buildings are historic. They can be seen in photographs dating back 50 years or more.

List of Businesses

To see the business listed in order see Sides of the Square.

See also Restaurants near the Square and Bars near the Square.






Events happen at the square.

Holiday Lighting Festival

The Holiday Lighting Festival is an event sponsored by the Denton Holiday Festival Association (DHFA). Held on the Thursday following Thanksgiving, this event includes musical and dance presentations, horse drawn carriage rides, children's crafts, and visits with Santa. Live entertainment is provided by Brave Combo. DHFA raises funds from the private sector to purchase holiday street banners, festival lights, and decorations for public buildings and the courthouse.

Wassail Fest

Every year, there is a wassail festival.

Other Events

There are often drum circles.


Oak, 1886.Hickory, 1877South East corner of the Square, 1877.

Andy's in the old daysAndy's now

Wright Opera House, which is now Recyled Books

"Picture Postcard of Denton Square" 1912-05-04