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Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

The Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation sector includes a wide range of establishments that operate facilities or provide services to meet varied cultural, entertainment, and recreational interests of their patrons.

The Arts, Entertainment and Recreation industry is made up of a wide range of establishments and facilities that provide patrons with cultural, entertainment or recreational services. These businesses can range from museums to amusement parks to sports venues. There are currently more than 313,000 American business establishments classified as falling within the NAICS’s Arts, Entertainment and Recreation industry sector.


These include the following:

    • Performing Arts Companies, including:
      • Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
      • Dance Companies
    • Musical Groups and Artists
    • Sports Teams and Clubs
    • Racetracks
    • Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
    • Agents and Managers, for:
      • Artists
      • Athletes
      • Entertainers
      • Public Figures
    • Independent Artists, Writers and Performers
    • Cultural Sites, including:
      • Museums
      • Historical Sites
      • Zoos and Botanical Gardens
      • Nature Parks and Other Similar Institutions
    • Amusement and Theme Parks
    • Amusement Arcades
  • Casinos (independent of hotels) and Other Gambling Industries
  • Golf Courses and Country Clubs
  • Skiing Facilities
  • Marinas
  • Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
  • Bowling Centers

This sector comprises (1) establishments that are involved in producing, promoting, or participating in live performances, events, or exhibits intended for public viewing; (2) establishments that preserve and exhibit objects and sites of historical, cultural, or educational interest; and (3) establishments that operate facilities or provide services that enable patrons to participate in recreational activities or pursue amusement, hobby, and leisure-time interests.

Some establishments that provide cultural, entertainment, or recreational facilities and services are classified in other sectors.

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