MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2019 HEADLINERS, INCLUDING RECKLESS KELLY, JENNY AND THE MEXICATS, AUSTIN ALLSUP, LARRY GEE, THE JAMES HUNTER SIX, AND MORE

Numerous renowned entertainers will take the stage April 11-14 at Texas’ largest arts festival in Downtown Fort Worth.

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 4, 2019) – Every spring, MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) draws thousands of live music enthusiasts to Downtown Fort Worth with its lineup of chart-topping entertainers. Throughout the four-day festival, more than 50 acts will perform from a variety of genres including blues, jazz, country, rock ‘n’ roll, Latin, funk, R&B, soul, folk, Americana, classical and more.

MAIN ST. 2019 will be held April 11-14 and feature three stages: the University of Texas at Arlington Main Stage, located at 9th and Main Street, and the Sundance Square Stage, located in Sundance Square Plaza, and the brand-new “Hear Fort Worth” locals-only stage, presented by Visit Fort Worth and located at 7th and Commerce Street.

Festival headliners on Thursday, April 11, include Greece-native blues singer Abraham Alexander, critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Larry gEE, local R&B group Legacy 4, and 70s disco band Le Freak.

On Friday, April 12, the entertainment lineup features Americana/blues entertainer Paul Thorn, country singer and former “Voice” contestant Austin Allsup, Colombian funk band Superfonicos, pop/Latin group Jenny and the Mexicats, singer-songwriter duo Danni & Kris, retro soul musician Chris Watson’s Retrophonics, and fan-favorite Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, April 13, highlights performances by Grammy Award-winning Brave Combo, British blues guitarist The James Hunter Six, scat jazz singer Jazzmeia Horn, Texas country band Reckless Kelly, Fort Worth-native country singer Kylie Rae Harris, and Americana/alternative rock group Joey Green Band.

MAIN ST. 2019 will wrap up on Sunday, April 14, with performances by Van Cliburn Junior International Competition award-winners Youlan Ji and Clayton Stephenson, swing-jazz group Andy Meadows Big Band, husband-and-wife Americana duo Jason Eady & Courtney Patton, the classical UT-Arlington Flute Ensemble, and the highly-anticipated Texas Red Dirt Roads (TXRDR) show.

MAIN ST. 2019 entertainers take the stage as early as 11 a.m. and carry on through the afternoon before the headlining performances in the evening. The entertainment schedule, musician biographies, and more can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “Music on MAIN” page.

GENERAL INFORMATION
MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2019 is #MainSt2019. Festival hours for 2019 are:
• Thursday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
• Friday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
• Saturday, April 13: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
• Sunday, April 14: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information, download the updated-and-free MAIN ST. iPhone or Android mobile app, or visit/ follow MAIN ST. online at:
• www.MainStreetArtsFest.org
• www.Facebook.com/MainStreetArtsFest
• www.Twitter.com/MainStreetArts
• www.Instagram.com/MainStreetArtsFest

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL
The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is celebrating its 34th year in 2019. Official sponsors include Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College, and Michelob Ultra. 360 West and the Fort Worth Arts Festival are media sponsors. Radio sponsors include 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are The Alcon Foundation, Chloe Wine Collection, Frost Bank, the Music Performance Trust Fund and Trinity Metro. Hotel sponsors are Aloft Fort Worth Downtown, The Ashton Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone, Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, and TownePlace Suites Fort Worth Downtown. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.
Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, affordable residential development, park improvements and management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Star-Telegram each fall and Parade of Lights during the holidays. These events have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL RETURNING TO DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH APRIL 11-14, 2019

Changes for 2019 include a new locals stage, revamped kids zone, and an upgraded VIP/networking program.

FORT WORTH, Texas (February 6, 2019) — The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.), the #3 fine arts event in the U.S. and largest in Texas, is returning to Downtown Fort Worth for its 34th year on April 11-14, 2019. Spanning more than 27 city blocks, the free arts and music festival will showcase 223 juried artists, a world-class music lineup, sweet and savory cuisine, and family-friendly arts and crafts.

“MAIN ST. is considered the crown jewel of Fort Worth’s spring event calendar,” said Nina Petty, chairman of the Festivals and Events Committee for Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. “First-time artists and visitors are always amazed that the festival is surrounded by the picturesque Downtown Fort Worth, with its red-bricked streets, turn-of-the-century buildings, modern skyscrapers, and endless shopping and dining options. There’s no question why MAIN ST. has become a ‘can’t-miss’ tradition drawing thousands from near and far to revel in a weekend filled with art, music and food.”

THE ESSENTIALS
This year, MAIN ST.’s unique outdoor gallery will be brimming with 223 artists who were hand-selected to exhibit their work from nearly 1,300 applications. An estimated $4 million worth of art is expected to be sold from artists representing 15 artistic media, including sculpture, painting, photography, wood, glass, jewelry, metalwork, printmaking, mixed media, and more. Among the artists appearing include last year’s Best of Show-winner Richard Wilson and Best Emerging Artist Darrell Dulaney, as well as other festival favorites. For more information, visit MAIN ST.’s “Fine Art Showcase.”

With three different stages and entertainers ranging from country music headliners and jazz keyboardists to R&B groups and swing bands, MAIN ST. 2019’s musical lineup is packed to the brim. Headliners include country rock band Reckless Kelly, multinational indie band Jenny and the Mexicats, Fort Worth native and “The Voice” finalist Austin Allsup, soul-funk singer/songwriter Larry gEE, soul-blues band The James Hunter Six, Americana singer-songwriter Jason Eady, and many more. For more information, visit “Music on MAIN.”

Food courts located throughout the festival will feature fan-favorite cuisine, including smoked turkey legs, authentic Texas barbeque, German bratwurst, world famous corn dogs, frozen treats, funnel cakes and more. In addition, the ever-popular “Wine Experience” and “Craft Brew Pavilion” will offer wines-by-the-glass and award-winning craft beers throughout the weekend. For more information, visit “Culinary Arts.”

THE LATEST AND GREATEST
Debuting this year is the new “Hear Fort Worth” stage presented by Visit Fort Worth. Located at 7th and Commerce Streets, Fort Worth’s favorite local singer/songwriters and bands will perform, such as Danni & Kris, Chris Watson’s Retrophonics, Kylie Rae Harris, Joey Green Band, and more.

A revamped kids’ area with a new maker-focus is also in store for 2019. Now called, “MAIN ST. Creates – Maker Zone!,” it offers children of all ages opportunities to embrace their creative side with a focus on invention, innovation, creativity, and curiosity. Located at the northern end of Main Street across from the Tarrant County Courthouse, the outdoor arts, crafts, and makers studio will offer invention stations, LEGO building, sand art, caricatures, face painting, and more. This area will also be home to Tarrant County College’s “Young People’s Art Fair,” where festivalgoers can buy art from more than 200 emerging, young artists in grades 6-12. For more information, visit “MAIN ST. Creates – Maker Zone!”

Lastly, MAIN ST.’s “Friends of the Festival” program has been enhanced for 2019. Designed to elevate the MAIN ST. experience while connecting business associates, family and friends, the program’s centerpiece is unlimited access to the exclusive and expanded VIP hospitality tent located at the south end of Main Street overlooking the UTA Main Stage. Access includes prime viewing of the headlining entertainment, cocktails, and cuisine curated by the chef at The Capital Grille. Other perks include artist receptions, happy hours, discounts on merchandise, food, and beverages, and more. Sign up online or for more information, visit “Friends of the Festival.”

THE INFO
MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2019 is #MainSt2019. Festival dates and hours for 2019 are:
• Thursday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
• Friday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
• Saturday, April 13: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
• Sunday, April 14: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information, download the updated-and-free MAIN ST. iPhone or Android mobile app, or visit / follow MAIN ST. online at:
• www.MainStreetArtsFest.org
• www.Facebook.com/MainStreetArtsFest
• www.Twitter.com/MainStreetArts
• www.Instagram.com/MainStreetArtsFest

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL
The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is celebrating its 34th year in 2019. Official sponsors include Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College, and Michelob Ultra. 360 West and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram are media sponsors. Radio sponsors include 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are Alcon Foundation, Chloe Wine Collection, Frost Bank, the Music Performance Trust Fund and Trinity Metro. Hotel sponsors are Aloft Fort Worth Downtown, The Ashton Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone, Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, and TownePlace Suites Fort Worth Downtown. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.
Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, affordable residential development, park improvements and management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival each fall and Parade of Lights during the holidays. These events have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

2018 Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival Bringing Nation’s Top Artists to Downtown Fort Worth

Only 223 of 1,273 artist applicants were selected to exhibit

FORT WORTH, Texas (March XX, 2018) – The 2018 MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) is set to host 223 locally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists to Downtown Fort Worth on April 19-22. The four-day festival will also feature live music, authentic Texas cuisine, and arts-and-crafts activities fit for the whole family.

Downtown Fort Worth’s “Magnificent Mile” will be the stage for a wide variety of artistic mediums, ranging from photography to metalwork. Because it’s a juried arts festival, artists must apply to go through a judging process that selects one out of seven applicants. For the 2018 festival, 1,273 artists applied and only 223 were chosen. This exclusivity helps ensure an even balance of diverse styles and prioritizes quality of workmanship, originality, and artistic concept.

Awards totaling up to $10,500 are given to artists every year, including one “Best of Show” winner, one “Best Emerging Artist” winner, seven “Merit Award” winners, and 14 “Juror Award” winners. MAIN ST. will also continue their popular “People’s Choice Award.” This award, which was introduced in 2016, encourages festivalgoers and fans to cast their vote via Facebook for their favorite award-winning artist.

In addition, 20 emerging artists were selected to exhibit in the expanded “Emerging Artist” section along 3rd and 4th Streets, sponsored by Frost. This section is dedicated to new, budding artists based in Texas who have never juried into a large art show previously.

Award winners from MAIN ST. 2017 returning in 2018 include:

  • Marvin Blackmore (Durango, Colorado) – Best of Show Award – Ceramics – Booth 442: Inspired by his upbringing in the Southwest, Blackmore specializes in hand-etched pottery that focuses on each individual layer. The smallest of his pieces take a minimum of 130 hours to create.
  • Matt Tumlinson (San Antonio, Texas) – Best Emerging Artist – Mixed Media – Booth 412: By setting striking images on a canvas of brass bullets, Tumlinson invites viewers to contemplate the connection and consider different interpretations based on perspective.
  • Tai Taeoalii (Hannibal, Missouri) – People’s Choice Award – Mixed Media – Booth 527: Taeoalii uses his self-taught techniques to create art that evokes an honest & profound visual experience.
  • Thomas Diel (Fort Worth, Texas) – Merit Award – Mixed Media – Booth 428: Diel designs & makes art furniture edifices out of wood, metal, concrete, or most any material with an industrial-chic flair.
  • Joachim Knill (Hannibal, Missouri) – Merit Award – Painting – Booth 419: Knill’s most recent project, “National Treasure,” is a shipping crate containing a portrait room that follows the theme of ‘Anilife,’ a place inhibited by stuffed toy animals.
  • Richard Wilson (Greenville, North Carolina) – Merit Award – Drawing – Booth 528: Combining reality and creativity with soft pastels, Wilson’s narrative paintings nostalgically capture and express connections that are found through family.
  • Matthew Hatala (Danielsville, Georgia) – Merit Award – Wood – Booth 308: Hatala turns exotic woods and finishes them with a high gloss and distinctive handle treatment.
  • Bob McNally (Rockaway, New Jersey) – Merit Award – Wood – Booth 618: McNally creates unique, wooden instruments that provide functions and sounds that other instruments can’t replicate.
  • Nicario Jiménez (Naples, Florida) – Merit Award – Mixed Media – Booth 418: Also known as the “Artist of the Andes,” Jiménez creates altarpiece figurines by hand with a mix of boiled potato and plaster.
  • Brad Ruppert (Norwalk, Iowa) – Juror Award – Mixed Media – Booth 511
  • Gena Ollendieck (Cresco, Iowa) – Juror Award – Leather – Booth 404
  • Paveen “Beer” Chunhaswasdikul (Gadsden, Alabama) – Juror Award – Mixed Media – Booth 515
  • Ruben Fasani (Stone Park, Illinois) – Juror Award – Sculpture – Booth 436
  • Amy Flynn (Raleigh, North Carolina) – Juror Award – Sculpture – Booth 610
  • Michael Schwegmann (Bement, Illinois) – Juror Award – Ceramics – Booth 330
  • Dolan Geiman (Englewood, Colorado) – Juror Award – Mixed Media – Booth 508
  • Lisa Telling Kattenbraker (Olympia, Washington) – Juror Award – Fiber – Booth 420
  • Cliff Lounsbury (Tawas City, Michigan) – Juror Award – Wood – Booth 321
  • Lance Munn (Bloomfield, Illinois) – Juror Award – Wood – Booth 522
  • Jeffrey Zachmann (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) – Juror Award – Metalwork – Booth 501
  • Rick Elkin (Corrales, New Mexico) – Juror Award – Jewelry – Booth 324
  • Anne London (Mandeville, Louisiana) – Juror Award – Drawing – Booth 437

On top of the 223 juried exhibiting artists, the “Growing Young Artists” program is returning for its 10th year, sponsored by Tarrant County College. On Saturday (4/21) and Sunday (4/22), approximately 200 young artists (ages 7-17) from the Fort Worth community will be exhibiting and selling their own works of art at the Young People’s Art Fair, located at the north end of MAIN ST. in the “MAIN ST. Creates!” area. In 2017, these young artists sold nearly $10,000 worth of art.

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2018 is #MainSt2018. Festival hours for 2018 are:

  • Thursday, April 19, 2019: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 20, 2018: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22, 2018: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information, download the updated-and-free MAIN ST. iPhone or Android mobile app, or visit / follow MAIN ST. online at:

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is celebrating its 33rd year in 2018. Official sponsors for 2018 are Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College, Michelob Ultra, and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are Trinity Metro and 360 West. Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are Chloe Wine Collection, Frost Bank, and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Aloft Fort Worth Downtown, The Ashton Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone, Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, and TownePlace Suites Fort Worth Downtown. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, affordable residential development, park improvements and management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival each fall and Parade of Lights during the holidays. These events have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

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Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival Bringing The “Art and Soul” Of Texas to Downtown Fort Worth For 33rd Year on April 19-22

Texas’ largest arts festival will bring together thousands in attendance to experience the finest in arts, music, food and culture

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (February 12, 2018) — MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) will hit the streets of Downtown Fort Worth on April 19-22, 2018, for its 33rd year, bringing together tens of thousands of people to celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes of the highest-ranking arts festival in Texas. Spanning more than 27 city blocks from the Tarrant County Courthouse to Sundance Square Plaza to the Fort Worth Convention Center, MAIN ST. will feature 223 juried artists from across the U.S., chart-topping entertainers, authentic Texas cuisine, and arts-and-crafts activities for the whole family.

Ranked by the ArtFairSourceBook.com as #4 fine art event in the U.S., MAIN ST. has gained both local and national recognition year-after-year. The annual, free event is a three-time recipient of the “Grand Pinnacle” award and back-to-back winner of the “Zenith” award from the International Festivals and Events Association over the past several years. Last year, MAIN ST. received Fort Worth Magazine’s Best of Fort Worth “Readers’ Choice – Festival” award, and was listed as one of InStyle’s under-the-radar arts festivals you need to start planning for now.”

“MAIN ST. is one of Fort Worth’s most anticipated and well-attended events,” said Becky Renfro Borbolla, chairman of the Festivals and Events Committee for Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. “It brings together people from all walks of life to our award-winning Downtown business district to celebrate incredible art and music in an urban setting.”

GET INFORMED

1,273 artists applied to exhibit this year, and only 223 were selected. Last year’s Best of Show-winner Marvin Blackmore and Best Emerging Artist-winner Matt Tumlinson will be returning, along with People’s Choice-winner Tai Taeoalii and other festival favorites. Approximately $4.6 million worth of art is expected to be sold across 15 mediums, including ceramics, jewelry, mixed-media, printmaking, digital, fiber, leather, painting, sculpture, drawing pastels, glass, metalwork, wood and photography. Over 25 aspiring local artists will also be featured on 3rd and 4th Streets, sponsored by Frost, with a focus on Texas art. For more information, visit “Fine Art Showcase.”

This year’s musical lineup features hundreds of performers across a variety of genres, ranging from country, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, soul and R&B. Festivalgoers can enjoy musical performances on the UTA Main Stage and Sundance Square Stage, along with plenty of street performances throughout MAIN ST.’s “magnificent mile.” Headliners include folk music group Jamestown Revival, contemporary swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Latin Jazz ensemble Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Americana group Shane Smith & The Saints, and many more. For more information, visit “Music on MAIN.”

MAIN ST. attracts many of the region’s top culinary artists to the streets of Downtown, and features a wide variety of food and beverages, including crawfish, turkey legs, bratwurst, gourmet hamburgers, funnel cakes, frozen treats and more. Festivalgoers can also enjoy local, national and international craft beers in the “Craft Brew Pavilion” or wines by-the-glass in the “Wine Experience” tasting tent. For more information, visit “Culinary Arts.”

Also returning for 2018 is “MAIN ST. Creates!,” presented by Wells Fargo, an outdoor arts-and-crafts studio for children and families featuring balloon design, face paint, mural walls, jewelry, sand art, and more. Opening at 10 a.m. daily at the north end of the festival, “MAIN ST. Creates!” is also home to the Tarrant County College’s “Young People’s Art Fair,” showcasing art from more than 200 emerging, young artists. For more information, visit “MAIN ST. Creates!.”

GET INVOLVED

MAIN ST. couldn’t take place without the tremendous support and dedication of more than 1,200 volunteers, sponsored by Frost. Volunteers assist with all festival operations, from hospitality to merchandise sales, and receive perks including free t-shirts, food and beverages, merchandise discounts, and more. Those interested in being a part of this year’s festival can get involved by simply signing up online.

The new, enhanced Friends of the Festival program is another great way to get behind-the-scenes and participate in an upgraded MAIN ST. experience, while supporting the efforts to maintain the John F. Kennedy Tribute sculpture in General Worth Square. The Friends of the Festival program provides businesses with networking opportunities and exposure through logo placements, dinners, VIP Pavilion access, special receptions with invited artists, and more.

GET CONNECTED

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2018 is #MainSt2018. Festival hours for 2018 are:

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 20, 2018: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22, 2018: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information, download the updated-and-free MAIN ST. iPhone or Android mobile app, or visit / follow MAIN ST. online at:

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is celebrating its 33rd year in 2018. Official sponsors for 2018 are Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College, Michelob Ultra, and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are Trinity Metro and 360 West. Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are Chloe Wine Collection, Frost Bank, and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Aloft Fort Worth Downtown, The Ashton Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone, Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, and TownePlace Suites Fort Worth Downtown. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, affordable residential development, park improvements and management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival each fall and Parade of Lights during the holidays. These events have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

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Jamestown Revival, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Shane Smith & The Saints, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Among Others Headlining 33rd Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

Dozens of versatile entertainers to perform on April 19-22 at Texas’ largest arts festival in Downtown Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 7, 2018) – Downtown Fort Worth comes to life each April as critically acclaimed entertainers from across the country perform at the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.). In 2018, music enthusiasts will enjoy blues, jazz, country, rock ‘n’ roll, Latin, funk, R&B, soul, folk, Americana, classical and more from artists such as Grady Spencer & The Work, Shane Smith & The Saints, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Jamestown Revival, Bonnie Bishop, and more.

This year’s MAIN ST. is taking place April 19-22, and will feature two performance stages: the University of Texas at Arlington Main Stage, located at 9th and Main Street, and the Sundance Square Stage, located in the Sundance Square Plaza. Both stages are set to feature thrilling performances by the Jabali African Acrobats, an acrobatic team straight from Mombasa, Kenya.

On Thursday, April 19, the festival will include performances by local Americana/roots-rock group Grady Spencer & The Work, Grammy Award-winning blues-soul singer Bonnie Bishop, seven-piece cover band Mr. Inez, and jazz-soul singer Tatiana LadyMay Mayfield.

The lineup for Friday, April 20, features performances from Grammy Award-winning Latin big band Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Americana rock band Shane Smith & The Saints, Austin-based country-blues group Midnight River Choir, roots-Americana-soul band The War and Treaty, and the critically acclaimed Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, April 21, will spotlight performances by contemporary swing revival jazz band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Southern indie-rock group Jamestown Revival, country singer-songwriter Hunter Hutchinson, and jazz saxophonist Tom Braxton.

MAIN ST. performances will conclude on Sunday, April 22, with live shows from the versatile Tejano music singer Gary Hobbs, Grammy Award-winning polka quintet Brave Combo, soul-blues singer Abraham Alexander, Latin jazz band Latin Express, and Cliburn silver medalist Kenny Broberg.

The four-day festival will feature performances starting at 11 a.m. for early attendees, and continue through the day and into the evening. The entertainment schedule, musician biographies, stage sponsors, and more can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “Music on MAIN” page.

GENERAL INFORMATION

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2018 is #MainSt2018. Festival hours for 2018 are:

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 20, 2018: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22, 2018: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information, download the updated-and-free MAIN ST. iPhone or Android mobile app, or visit / follow MAIN ST. online at:

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is celebrating its 33rd year in 2018. Official sponsors for 2018 are Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College, Michelob Ultra and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are Trinity Metro and 360 West. Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are Chloe Wine Collection, Frost Bank and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Aloft Fort Worth Downtown, The Ashton Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone, Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, and TownePlace Suites Fort Worth Downtown. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, affordable residential development, park improvements and management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival each fall and Parade of Lights during the holidays. These events have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

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Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival Returns on April 20-23 For 32nd Year

Thousands will gather in Downtown Fort Worth for arts, music, food and culture at Texas’ largest arts festival

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (February 2017) — On April 20-23, 2017, MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) will bring the “art and soul of Texas” to Downtown Fort Worth for its 32nd year. Tens of thousands of spectators will gather to experience the finest in art, music, food, and culture at the #1 ranked arts festival in Texas. Spanning more than 27 city blocks, MAIN ST. will spotlight 213 hand-selected artists, showcase hundreds of performers across four stages, feature authentic Texas cuisine, and provide arts-and-crafts activities the whole family can enjoy.

Dubbed by In Style as one of this year’s “under-the-radar arts festivals you need to start planning for now,” MAIN ST. attracts a wide variety of artists, dancers, musicians and food vendors to Fort Worth year after year. The annual four-day celebration is a three-time recipient of the “Grand Pinnacle” award, and 2016 winner of the “Zenith” award from the International Festivals and Events Association. Gaining both local and national recognition, MAIN ST. has also received Fort Worth Weekly’s Best of Fort Worth 2016 “Readers’ Choice-Festival” award, and was listed as one of the nation’s 10 Best Art Festivals by USA Today in 2015.

“Over the past 32 years, MAIN ST. has evolved into one of the most distinguished and well-attended arts festivals in the country,” said Becky Renfro Borbolla, chairman of the Festivals and Events Committee for Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. “We’re eager to see this year’s festival transform downtown into an outdoor gallery and stage, packed with fine art, food, music, and cowboy culture.”

GET THE VIBE

Honored by the Art Fair Source Book as the highest-ranking fine art show in Texas, MAIN ST. will exhibit a diverse blend of local, national and international artists throughout downtown’s “magnificent mile.” Of the 1,313 applications received, only 213 artists were selected to exhibit their work. Last year’s Best of Show-winner, John Deng, and Best Emerging Artist-winner, Danika Ostrowski, are returning, along with previous award-winners and festival favorites, Jeffrey Cannon and Marvin Blackmore, among others. By the end of the festival, more than $4.6 million worth of art is expected to be sold across 15 mediums, including ceramics, jewelry, mixed-media, printmaking, digital, fiber, leather, painting, sculpture, drawing pastels, glass, metalwork, wood and photography. Details such as artist statements, booth numbers, artwork examples, and more can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “Fine Art Showcase.

With hundreds of performers across four stages, the 2017 MAIN ST. musical lineup will offer an assortment of genres, ranging from country and rock ‘n’ roll to jazz and blues. Local, regional and national talent will occupy the UT Arlington MAIN Stage, Sundance Square Stage, Star-Telegram Performing Arts Stage, and Frost “Locals Only” Stage along the red bricks of Main Street. Headliners include folk music group Elephant Revival, Jamaican reggae duo Chaka Demus & Pliers, rock/blues guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, “The Voice” finalist and Texas country artist Austin Allsup, and many more. The entertainment schedule, performance dates and times, and musician biographies can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “Music on MAIN” page.

MAIN ST. 2017 will feature a wide variety of culinary art to satisfy almost every appetite, including crawfish, turkey legs, bratwurst, gourmet hamburgers, funnel cakes, and frozen treats. Festivalgoers can also find local, national and international craft beers in the Craft Brew Pavilion, or grab wine by-the-glass at the “Wine Experience” tasting tent. A full list of participating restaurants and beverage vendors can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “Culinary Arts” page.

“MAIN ST. Creates!,” presented by Wells Fargo, will return for another year with arts-and-crafts activities for the whole family. Opening at 10 a.m. daily at the north end of the festival, MAIN ST.’s outdoor arts-and-crafts studio will feature balloon design, face paint, mural walls, jewelry, sand art, and more. Festivalgoers can also find Tarrant County College’s “Young People’s Art Fair,” featuring art from more than 200 emerging young artists within the “MAIN ST. Creates!” area. A full list of activities can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “MAIN ST. Creates!” page.

GET INVOLVED

Every year, MAIN ST. receives a tremendous amount of support from the Fort Worth community. Those interested in being a part of this year’s festival can get involved by volunteering or joining the Friends of the Festival program. Volunteers can assist with anything from hospitality to merchandise sales, and receive perks including free t-shirts, food and beverages, merchandise discounts, and more. The Friends of the Festival program provides businesses with networking opportunities and exposure through logo placements, dinners, Skybox access, commemorative merchandise, and more.

GET THE DETAILS

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2017 is #MAINST2017. Festival hours for 2017 are:

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 21, 2017: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 23, 2017: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information, download the updated-and-free MAIN ST. iPhone or Android mobile app, or visit / follow MAIN ST. online at:

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 32nd year in 2017 and is presented by Blue Moon Brewing Company®, which is distributed throughout the DFW Metroplex by Andrews Distributing Company. Official sponsors for 2017 are Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, Frost Bank, and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Omni Fort Worth Hotel, The Ashton Hotel, Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown / Blackstone, Hilton Fort Worth, and Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

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2017 Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival to Showcase 213 Of The Nation’s Finest Artists

More than 1,340 artists applied to exhibit their work at the 32nd annual MAIN ST.

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2017) – The 2017 MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) will bring 213 locally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists to Downtown Fort Worth on April 20-23. More than $4.6 million worth of art is expected to be sold throughout the four-day festival, which will also feature live music, authentic Texas cuisine, and arts-and-crafts activities for the whole family.

Ranked as one of the top juried fine arts festivals in the country, MAIN ST. represents a diverse blend of artists and mediums each year along Main Street’s “Magnificent Mile.” This year’s art medium categories include ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, printmaking, digital, fiber, leather, painting, sculpture, drawing pastels, glass, metalwork, wood, photography, and the “emerging artist” category, a festival-favorite featuring new, local artists from throughout Texas. 

Awards totaling up to $11,000 are given to artists every year, including one “Best of Show” winner, one “Best Emerging Artist” winner, seven “Merit Award” winners, and 14 “Juror Award” winners. Returning to this year’s festival is the highly anticipated “People’s Choice Award,” selected by festivalgoers through social media. MAIN ST.’s Facebook followers are encouraged to cast votes for their favorite artist throughout the four-day event, and the winner will be announced on the following Monday, April 24.

Award winners from MAIN ST. 2016 selected to return in 2017 include:

  • John Deng (Roslyn, New York) Best of Show Award – Photography – Booth 602: Specializing in travel and fine art photography, John Deng’s artwork captures the beauty of ordinary places through a unique perspective that infuses humanity into landscapes.
  • Danika Ostrowski (Austin, Texas) Best Emerging Artist – Booth 402: Danika Ostrowski’s impressionistic paintings explore the lively color and forms found in scarce environments.
  • Maria Navarra Pino (La Mesa, New Mexico) – Merit Award – Fiber – Booth 314: Primarily weaving with tinsel, bamboo, West Texas organic cotton and silk, Maria Navarra Pino creates a work of art that is both visually and tactilely pleasing.
  • John Herbon (Saint Ignace, Michigan) – Merit Award – Ceramics – Booth 452: John Herbon’s early craftsman style and Japanese influence results in timeless stoneware and porcelain ceramics for generations to enjoy.
  • Jeffrey Cannon (Austin, Texas) – Merit Award – Drawing/Pastels – Booth 315: Inspired by the mysteries of nature, Jeffrey Cannon uses a large palette of soft pastels to capture the feelings of a particular landscape.
  • Brian Beam (Fulton, Michigan) – Merit Award – Ceramics – Booth 509: Brian Beam utilizes multiple techniques in his artwork, including stretching, etching, paddling and carving, to ensure that each and every piece of pottery is vibrant and unique.
  • Richard Wilson (Greenville, North Carolina) – Merit Award – Drawing/Pastels – Booth 520: Specializing in soft pastels, Richard Wilson is known for creating figurative and southern landscapes that are nostalgic and expressive of human connections found through family.
  • Samuel Yao (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – Merit Award – Fiber – Booth 615: Samuel Yao’s sculptural baskets are hand-woven with material from palm trees, each with a unique combination of texture, shape, color and size.
  • Aaron Hequembourg (Monticello, Georgia) – Merit Award – Mixed Media – Booth 604: Formally trained in engraving and printmaking, Aaron Hequembourg creates abstracted figurative paintings and portraits engraved into salvaged wood panels.
  • Greg Davis (Austin, Texas) – People’s Choice Award – Photography – Booth 418: Greg Davis works as a creative photographer for “National Geographic,” traveling the world and showcasing the diversity of the planet through his photographs.

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2017 is #MainSt2017. Festival hours for 2017 are:

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 21, 2017: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 23, 2017: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information, download the updated-and-free MAIN ST. iPhone or Android mobile app, or visit / follow MAIN ST. online at:

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 32nd year in 2017 and is presented by Blue Moon Brewing Company®, which is distributed throughout the DFW Metroplex by Andrews Distributing Company. Official sponsors for 2017 are Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, Frost Bank, and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Omni Fort Worth Hotel, The Ashton Hotel, Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown / Blackstone, Hilton Fort Worth, and Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival Returning for 31st Year, April 14-17, 2016

Downtown Fort Worth to host world-renowned artists, entertainment, food and culture at Texas’ largest arts festival

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (February 17, 2016) — The 31st MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) kicks off April 14 in Downtown Fort Worth, bringing thousands of spectators to experience the sounds, sights and tastes of the #1 ranked arts festival in Texas. Encompassing more than 27 city blocks, MAIN ST. will spotlight 208 jury-selected local and national artists, showcase nearly 140 chart-topping musical groups, offer culinary dishes from across the state, and provide arts-and-crafts activities for the entire family.

In the 1980s, MAIN ST. began as part of an urban revitalization campaign to reawaken the city’s core by showcasing Downtown Fort Worth’s shops and restaurants. Today, MAIN ST. is a multi-faceted festival that transforms downtown into an outdoor gallery and concert stage for four full days, bringing in more than $28 million in economic impact annually. It has been listed as one of the “Top 100 Events in North America” by the American Bus Association (ABA), is a three-time winner of the “Grand Pinnacle” Award from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA), was named one of the nation’s 10 best art festivals by USA Today in 2015, and snagged Fort Worth, Texas magazine’s “Best of 2015” Reader’s Pick Festival award.

“Every year, MAIN ST. attracts thousands of art enthusiasts, culinary connoisseurs and musical gurus to Fort Worth for a weekend dedicated to art, food, music, and culture,” said Larry Anfin, chairman of the Festivals and Events Committee for Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., producer of MAIN ST. “It has been incredible to witness MAIN ST.’s transformation into one of the nation’s top outdoor arts festivals, and if the 2016 MAIN ST. is anything like the previous 30 years, it is certainly going to be an unforgettable event for all those involved.

EXPERIENCE MAIN ST.

The prize-winning art will take main stage at the 31st MAIN ST. Of the 1,500 applications received, only 208 artists were selected to exhibit their art. Many of the award-winning artists from the 2015 festival will be exhibiting again in 2016, including Best Of Show-winner Terry Evans (wood), Merit Award-winner David Conn (printmaking), and Juror Award-winner Andrew Carson (sculpture). Mediums include jewelry, digital, mixed-media, leather, fiber, painting, sculpture, drawing/pastels, metalwork, photography, ceramic, wood and glass. By the end of the festival, more than $4.6 million worth of art is expected to be sold. Details including artist statements, booth numbers, contact information, and more can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “Fine Art Showcase.

The 2016 MAIN ST. musical lineup is teeming with local, regional and national talent, who will be taking the stage at four different locations in downtown, including the UT Arlington MAIN Stage, Sundance Square Stage, Star-Telegram Performing Arts Stage, and Frost ‘Locals-Only’ Stage. Starting at noon daily, nearly 140 headliners will bring a vast array of musical genres to the festival, ranging from jazz and country to Latin and blues. Headliners include funk-soul-jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker, Afro-Cuban jazz artist Poncho Sanchez, Texas soul singer Luke Wade, Austin-based rock group Band of Heathens, Celtic rockers The Killdares, multimedia troupe Squonk Opera, and many more. An entertainment schedule, performance dates and times, and musician biographies can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “Music on MAIN” page.

The food featured at this year’s MAIN ST. will give festivalgoers a chance to taste authentic Texas cuisine, including brisket sandwiches from Riscky’s BBQ, fajita nachos from Bobby’s Fajitas, Fletcher’s Corn Dogs, grilled chicken satay from Thai Tina’s, Baja Smoothies, gumbo from Crawfish Connection, Bahama Mamas from Schmidt’s German Village, and more. Times Ten Cellars’ “Wine Experience” tasting tent and the “Craft Brew Pavilion,” serving local, national and international craft beers, are also returning in 2016. Free “H20 To Go” water stations, sponsored by the Tarrant Regional Water District, will be positioned throughout the festival, and festivalgoers are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to fill up and stay hydrated. A full list of participating restaurants and beverage vendors can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “Culinary Arts” page.

“MAIN ST. Creates!,” presented by Wells Fargo, is back for another year to encourage children to embrace their creative side. Anchoring the north end of the festival, the hands-on, arts-and-crafts outdoor art studio will open at 10 a.m. daily and feature balloon designing, fish printing, face painting, mural walls, jewelry designing, sand art, and more. Festivalgoers will find Tarrant County College’s “Young People’s Art Fair” located on the east side of “MAIN ST. Creates!,” where art from more than 200 ambitious young artists will be up for sale. A full list of activities, operating hours, and more can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “MAIN ST. Creates!” page.

GET INVOLVED

Those interested in being a part of one of Fort Worth’s most beloved events can volunteer, become a MAIN ST. Collector, or join the Friends of the Festival program. Volunteers can assist with a variety of categories ranging from hospitality to merchandise sales, and receive perks including free t-shirts, food and beverages, merchandise discounts, and more. MAIN ST. Collectors enjoy exclusive art seminars, social events, valet parking, special dinners, VIP Skybox access, and more. The Friends of the Festival program provides businesses with networking opportunities, exposure through logo placements, dinners, Skybox access, commemorative merchandise, and more.

DETAILS

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2016 is #MainSt2016. Festival hours for 2016 are:

  • Thursday, April 14, 2016: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 15, 2016: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 16, 2016: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 17, 2016: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For additional event information, visit MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at:

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 31st year in 2016 and is presented by Blue Moon Brewing Company®, which is distributed throughout the DFW Metroplex by Andrews Distributing Company. Official sponsors for 2016 are the Tarrant Regional Water District, Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, Frost Bank, and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Omni Fort Worth Hotel, The Ashton Hotel, Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown / Blackstone, and Hilton Fort Worth. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

208 of the Nation’s Foremost Contemporary Artists Exhibiting at 2016 Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival in April

New for 2016, MAIN ST. is introducing a “People’s Choice Award” that will be awarded through social media voting

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 13, 2016) – Returning to Downtown Fort Worth for its 31st year, MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) is set to highlight 208 of the nation’s foremost contemporary artists on April 14-17, 2016. More than $4.6 million worth of art is expected to be sold throughout the four-day festival.

Artists chosen to exhibit their work were hand-selected by five prominent jury members from approximately 1,431 applications, sent in from around the world. There are 15 art medium categories, including ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, printmaking, drawing / pastels, digital, fiber, leather, painting, sculpture, glass, metalwork, photography, wood, and the very popular “emerging artists” category, featuring new, local artists from the greater Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Nearly $11,000 is granted to artist award winners each year, including one “Best of Show” winner, one “Best Emerging artist” winner, seven “Merit Award” winners, and 14 “Juror Award” winners. New for 2016, MAIN ST. is introducing a “People’s Choice Award” that will be awarded through social media voting. Festivalgoers and fans of MAIN ST. on Facebook are encouraged to cast their votes for their favorite artist. Voting will run the length of the festival and the winner will be announced on Monday, April 18.

Award winners from the 2015 festival returning in 2016 include:

  • Terry Evans (Overland Park, Kansas) – Best of Show Award 2015/Wood – Booth 624: Using a process that involves laminating various hardwood lumber and natural and dyed veneers into a solid block or build, Terry Evans strives to highlight the visual elements of color and contrast in his work while maintaining the integrity of wood as a material.
  • Pat Lee (Pasadena, Texas) – Best Emerging Artist 2015/Sculpture – Booth 609: Pat Lee prefers clay as his medium, in which he combines or individually utilizes glazes, stains, paints and patinas to finish his sculptures.
  • Thomas Dumke (Stone Bank, Wisconsin) – Merit Award 2015/Wood – Booth 814: Inspired by the furniture craftsmen of 17th and 18th centuries, Thomas Dumke only uses solid hardwoods to create pieces with a modern flare and sized proportionally for today’s needs.
  • Marvin Blackmore (Durango, Colorado) – Merit Award 2015/Ceramics – Booth 803: Marvin Blackmore creates intricate, hand-etched pottery by applying a two-tone, black-on-black technique that adds a layer of colored clay slips.
  • Andrew Sovjani (Conway, Massachusetts) – Merit Award 2015/Photography – Booth 307: Known for blurring the lines between traditional photography and painting, Andrew Sovjani uses black and white negatives to create photographs that are chemically altered in the darkroom.
  • David Conn (Fort Worth, Texas) – Merit Award 2015/Printmaking – Booth 318: Using a photograph as a starting place, David Conn specializes in hand-pulled, fine art prints, creating a composition of a positive/negative image of a white line and black line.
  • Shaari Horowitz (Sharon, Connecticut) – Merit Award 2015/Wood – Booth 616: Guided by an Old World palette, Horowitz’s patterns and imagery derive from classical sources such as medieval manuscripts and ancient textiles.
  • Matthew Hatala (Danielsville, Georgia) – Merit Award 2015/Wood – Booth 412: Using rare and domestic wood from around the world, Hatala concentrates on turning and drying the wood repeatedly before glazing to create a unique wood creation.

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2016 is #MainSt2016. Festival hours for 2016 are:

  • Thursday, April 14, 2016: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 15, 2016: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 16, 2016: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 17, 2016: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For additional event information, visit MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at:

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 31st year in 2016 and is presented by Blue Moon Brewing Company®, which is distributed throughout the DFW Metroplex by Andrews Distributing Company. Official sponsors for 2016 are the Tarrant Regional Water District, Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, Frost Bank, and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Omni Fort Worth Hotel, The Ashton Hotel, Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown / Blackstone, and Hilton Fort Worth. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

Marcia Ball, Luke Wade, Maceo Parker, Poncho Sanchez, Vaud & The Villains Among Others Headlining 31st Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

Back for 2016 is the Frost ‘Locals Only’ Stage, featuring music from local singer/songwriters, stand-up comedians, and ‘Mimosas & the Symphony’

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 28, 2016) – Each year, MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) strives to deliver outstanding performances by distinguished entertainers from a wide selection of genres, including jazz, soul, folk, Latin, classical, country and rock. On April 14-17, 2016, nearly 140 entertainment acts will perform on four (4) stages throughout MAIN ST., including Marcia Ball, Luke Wade, Maceo Parker, La Mona Loca Orquestra, Marc Broussard, Poncho Sanchez, Vaud & the Villains, and more. View the full lineup on MAIN ST.’s website at: http://bit.ly/MAINST2016_Music

Located at 9th and Main Street, the University of Texas at Arlington MAIN Stage will feature blues singer and pianist Marcia Ball, “The Voice” finalist and Fort Worth-native Luke Wade, funk/soul jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker, Austin-based 11-piece La Mona Loca Orquestra, southern soul rockers Band of Heathens, and Fort Worth Blues-A-Rama headliner Wanda King, along with influential blues guitar players Tutu Jones and Sumpter Bruton.

The Sundance Square Stage, located in the Sundance Square Plaza, will spotlight southern rock/soul artist Marc Broussard, Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Orchestra, 19-piece retro New Orleans rock & roll orchestra and cabaret Vaud & the Villains, modern funk/jazz group The Headhunters, country/rock band Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, and Celtic rock group The Killdares.

The Star-Telegram Performing Arts Stage, located at 5th and Main Street, will showcase the fan-favorite Squonk Opera’s pneumatica show, acoustic gypsy swing band The Gypsy Playboys, hula hoop entertainer Dizzy Hips, professional juggler and magician Lucky Bob, folk music singer/songwriter Joe Pat Hennen, and Billy Cate & the Chisholm Trail Cowboys.

Returning after its introduction in 2015, the Frost ‘Locals Only’ Stage, located at 7th and Main Street, will feature local musicians and singer/songwriters across a broad spectrum of genres, such as soul/blues duo Pauline Wick and Josh Weathers, and salty blues guitarist Chris Watson Band. On Saturday, members from the Fort Worth Songwriters Association will perform from noon – 3:30 p.m., and following it from 3:30 – 6 p.m. will be the ‘Comedy Showcase,’ featuring local stand-up comedians including headliner Jason Russell.

On both Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. – noon, ‘Mimosas & the Symphony’ will take over the Frost ‘Locals Only’ Stage, offering early-risers a peaceful urban setting complete with classical music, mimosas and breakfast options.

GENERAL INFORMATION

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2016 is #MainSt2016. Festival hours for 2016 are:

  • Thursday, April 14, 2016: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 15, 2016: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 16, 2016: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 17, 2016: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For additional event information, visit MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at:

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 31st year in 2016 and is presented by Blue Moon Brewing Company®, which is distributed throughout the DFW Metroplex by Andrews Distributing Company. Official sponsors for 2016 are the Tarrant Regional Water District, Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, Frost Bank, and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Omni Fort Worth Hotel, The Ashton Hotel, Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown / Blackstone, and Hilton Fort Worth. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

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Transportation is Easier Than Ever for the 30th Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival on April 9-12, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 7, 2015) – Transportation to the 30th MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) is easier than ever with a variety of options made available to the public. During the four-day festival, held April 9-12, 2015, attendees from across the Metroplex can travel to Downtown Fort Worth by shuttle, bike, car, bus or train.

Known as the crown jewel of Texas’ events, MAIN ST. is the largest arts festival in the state. This year, 215 juried, hand-selected artists will showcase their work along with more than 100 live performances taking place throughout the weekend.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Local public transportation authorities have created multiple opportunities for simplified travel to this year’s MAIN ST. Attendees are encouraged to utilize special offers from the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), Fort Worth Bike Sharing (B-cycle) and MAIN ST.’s free Bike Corral, which is made possible by the Fort Worth Bicycle Association and Bicycle’s, Inc.

Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T)

In addition to its regular bus routes, The T is offering expanded park-and-ride shuttle service available from two locations (Billy Bob’s Texas and Farrington Field) on Saturday, April 11. Shuttles will run every 20 minutes between 9 a.m. – 11 p.m., and the cost for a round-trip is $3.50 for adults and $1.75 for children, students, seniors or disabled. Children under age five (5) can ride free with parent or guardian (limit two (2) children per adult). Tickets can be purchased in cash or by downloading The T’s GoPass mobile application – www.GoPass.biz. For more information, visit www.The-T.com.

Trinity Railway Express (TRE)

To better accommodate out-of-town travelers coming from the east, the TRE will run all four days of the festival, including a special Sunday service. Train passengers can be dropped off at the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) located two blocks from the festival at Jones and 9th Streets.

Specifics include:

  • Thursday, April 9: The final eastbound train departs from the ITC station at 9:46 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11: The final eastbound train departs from the ITC station at 11:35 p.m. and will travel to Union Station in downtown Dallas. Note: DART Rail System will not be in operation.
  • Sunday, April 12: The final eastbound train departs from the ITC station at 8:35 p.m.

For more information on TRE fares and schedules, visit www.TrinityRailwayExpress.org.

Fort Worth Bike Sharing (B-cycle)

Fort Worth Bike Sharing (B-cycle) is another great way to experience MAIN ST. There are 14 bike-sharing stations located within walking distance of the festival. All MAIN ST. attendees who use B-cycle can take advantage of a $4, 24-hour membership, simply by using the promo code “76102” at all station kiosks. For more information, visit www.FortWorthBikeSharing.org.

Bike Corral

Attendees who plan to ride their own bicycle to MAIN ST. will have access to the free Bike Corral, located at 7th and Houston Streets. Hours of operation are as follows:

  • Thursday, April 9: 3 – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 10: 1 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

PARKING AND STREET CLOSURES

Parking will be available throughout Downtown for those who choose to drive. Visit www.FortWorthParking.com to view all available parking prior to arriving at MAIN ST. In addition, many streets will be closed beginning Monday, April 6, from 12:01 a.m. through Monday, April 13, at 6 a.m.

The closures in effect include:

  • Main Street from 2nd Street to 3rd Street
  • Main Street from 5th Street to 9th Street
  • 9th Street from Houston Street to Commerce Street
  • 8th Street’s southbound lane and parking curb from Houston Street to Main Street
  • Houston Street’s northbound lane from 11th Street to 9th Street

For more information on parking and street closures, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org/festival-guide/street-closures/.

GENERAL INFORMATION

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2015 is #MainSt2015. Festival hours for 2015 are:

  • Thursday, April 9: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 10: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For additional event information, visit MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at:

Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival – “The Art and Soul of Texas for 30 Years” – Returning to Downtown Fort Worth April 9-12, 2015

Texas’ largest arts festival returns to Fort Worth for its 30th year, bringing together thousands in attendance and the finest in art, music, food and culture

FORT WORTH, Texas (February 10, 2015) – On April 9-12, 2015, the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) will hit the streets of Downtown Fort Worth for its 30th year, bringing tens of thousands of spectators and the finest in art, music, food and culture together in one location. Free and open-to-the-public, Texas’ largest arts festival will span 25 blocks from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center, while showcasing 220 juried, hand-selected artists from across the U.S. throughout its four days. The 2015 MAIN ST. is presented by Andrews Distributing Co. and produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc.

Known as the crown jewel of Texas’ events, MAIN ST. is the largest arts festival in Texas, is annually ranked among the nation’s 10 best, and is a three-time winner of the prestigious “Grand Pinnacle” Award from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA), considered the highest honor an event can receive. In addition, in 2014, Livability.com crowned Downtown Fort Worth as the nation’s #1 downtown, with MAIN ST. being a focal point of how the city “blends urban sophistication with cowboy culture.”

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival for the 30th consecutive year,” said Larry Anfin, chairman of the Festivals and Events Committee for Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., producers of MAIN ST. “Over the past three decades, MAIN ST. has become one of the most attended and celebrated arts festivals in the country, with tens of thousands coming together to enjoy one of the world’s largest outdoor art galleries and music venues. The original hope that MAIN ST. would someday become a multi-faceted festival that would transform downtown into an outdoor gallery and concert stage has not only come to life, but has exceeded what anyone thought was possible.” 

THE ART

The heart and soul of MAIN ST. has and will always be the world-class art on display. The Art Fair Sourcebook – one of the most respected reference works on the American art-show circuit – annually ranks MAIN ST. among the top 10 arts festivals in the U.S.  In 2015, less than 14% of artists who applied were accepted into MAIN ST., with 1,345 applications received and 220 artists selected to exhibit.  More than $4.6 million worth of art is expected to be sold across 15 mediums, including ceramics, jewelry, mixed-media, printmaking, digital, fiber, leather, painting, sculpture, drawing/pastels, glass, metalwork, photography and wood. 

Details including artist statements, booth numbers, contact information, and more can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “Fine Art Showcase.”

THE MUSIC

In addition to being the city’s largest arts festival, MAIN ST. is also Fort Worth’s largest music festival, with more than 100 local, regional and national musicians performing on three stages throughout its four days. 2015 headliners include pop/rock alternative band Green River Ordinance, southern rockers Atlanta Rhythm Section, rock & roll legends The Georgia Satellites, contemporary Jazz pianist and composer Keiko Matsui, smooth jazz soprano saxophonist Marian Meadows, Latin jazz artist Tito Puente, Jr., electric guitarist Robben Ford, Latin orchestra Havana NRG, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Breggett Rideau, avant-garde new-age multimedia performance troupe Squonk Opera, 2013 Cliburn finalist Steven Lin, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and more.

Details including a comprehensive entertainment schedule, musician biographies, stage sponsors, and performance dates and times can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “Music on MAIN” page.

THE FOOD

An array of fine culinary fare from near and far will be another draw during this year’s MAIN ST. Foodies can experience a taste of Fort Worth with options including beef ribs and brisket sandwiches from Riscky’s BBQ, chicken fajitas and beef nachos from Bobby’s Fajitas, and red curry and chicken satays from Thai Tinas. Other options include festival mainstays such as The Original Corn Roast, Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Lone Star Cinnamon Roasted Nuts and Schmidt’s of German Village.  

Coupons are required to buy food and beverages, and can be purchased in-person at the MAIN ST. ticket booths or in advance online at MAIN ST.’s “Festival Store” page. 

THE FUN

Presented by Wells Fargo, “MAIN ST. Creates!” is back for 2015 and will anchor the north end of the festival. The family-favorite, hands-on, arts-and-crafts outdoor art studio allows kids of all ages to grow creatively and artistically. Activity stations open at 10 a.m. and include balloon designing, fish printing, face painting, caricatures, ceramic tile painting, mural walls, rock climbing, jewelry designing, sand art, and much more.

Located on the east side of the “MAIN ST. Creates!” area is the “Young People’s Art Fair,” presented by Tarrant County College. This section will feature more than 200 aspiring young artists from 1st through 12th grades from the Fort Worth ISD who will be showcasing and selling their own works of art.

Details including a full list of activities, operating hours, and more can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “MAIN ST. Creates!” page.

THE NEW

North Texas is one of the fastest-growing craft-beer regions in the U.S., and MAIN ST. will be offering 12 of the best local and national craft brews in draught-form at its new Craft Brew Garden, located under the trees next to UT Arlington Stage and General Worth Square.

Wine enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to visit Times Ten Cellars’ “Wine Experience,” located at 7th and Main streets, where sommeliers will conduct tasting events and festival revelers can purchase bottles of wine or enjoy wines by the glass.

THE INVOLVEMENT

  • Volunteer – MAIN ST. Volunteers are the “wonder team” behind the success of the nationally ranked MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival. The event simply could not take place without the hard work and dedication of more than 1,200 volunteers who handle merchandise sales, hospitality services and more. Perks for MAIN ST. volunteers include complimentary commemorative MAIN ST. t-shirts, beverages, discounts on official MAIN ST. merchandise, and eligibility for prize giveaways.
  • Join The Collector’s Club – The Collector’s Club is an exclusive group of members that enjoy art seminars, social events, complimentary valet parking, dinners, VIP Skybox access, and Art Purchase Gift Certificates, valid towards artwork purchases at MAIN ST. Interested members can join at either the Premier Collector ($325 for singles / $550 for couples) or Young Collector ($225 for singles /  $350 for couples) levels.
  • Become a “Friend of the Festival” – Friends of the Festival provide recognition and networking opportunities for businesses large and small, with added perks including company logo placements on MAIN ST. press materials and programs, complimentary dinners and beverages, Skybox access, valet parking, commemorative MAIN ST. fleece jackets, and signature entertainment, all alongside Fort Worth’s movers and shakers. Interested businesses can join at either the Gold ($2,500), Silver ($1,500), or Bronze ($750) levels.

THE HISTORY

MAIN ST. traces its beginnings to the early 1980s when the City of Fort Worth set in motion a campaign of urban revitalization in the Central Business District. As momentum began to build, businessman Robert Bass spearheaded the initial effort in 1986 to create an event showcasing the attractions of the city’s reawakening downtown core.

Bass and other prominent civic leaders envisioned a multi-faceted festival that would transform downtown into an outdoor gallery and concert stage on an early spring weekend. The inaugural MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival was a three-day event involving 140 artists, 60 performance groups and 600 volunteers. Attendance was approximately 80,000

Three decades later, Downtown Fort Worth has become a thriving, 24-hour live-work-play environment. The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, meanwhile, has followed a parallel trajectory, evolving into the largest event of its kind in the State of Texas.

THE BASICS

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2015 is #MainSt2015. Festival hours for 2015 are:

  • Thursday, April 9, 2015: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 10, 2015: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 11, 2015: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 12, 2015: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For additional event information, visit MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at:

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 30th year in 2015 and is presented by Andrews Distributing Company. Official sponsors for 2015 are the Tarrant Regional Water District, Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Radio and online sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bank of Texas, and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Omni Fort Worth Hotel, Park Central Hotel, The Ashton Hotel, the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown / Blackstone, and the Hilton Fort Worth. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $27 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

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Blue Moon Brewing Company Named New Presenting Sponsor of 2015 Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

The former Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth – acquired by Andrews Distributing Company in 2014 – served as MAIN ST.’s presenting sponsor for over 10 years

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 9, 2015) – Blue Moon Brewing Company® (Blue Moon) has been named the new presenting sponsor of the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.), celebrating its 30th year on April 9-12, 2015.

Blue Moon is distributed throughout North Texas by Dallas-based Andrews Distributing Company, which acquired Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth in March 2014. The former Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth had been the presenting sponsor of MAIN ST. since 2004.

“Andrews Distributing Company is well-aware that the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is one of the City of Fort Worth’s most beloved annual events, not to mention the significant economic impact it brings to Downtown Fort Worth every year,” said Barry Andrews, chief executive officer of Andrews Distributing Company. “When we acquired Coors Distributing Company last year, there was no question about continuing our sponsorship of MAIN ST. for years to come. As a company, we believe that giving back to our community is a great way to say thank you, and believe that these activities are an investment in our employees, our community, and our future.

“We are extremely honored that such a well-known, well-respected business like Andrews Distributing Company, along with Blue Moon, is committed to supporting the City of Fort Worth,” said Larry Anfin, chairman of Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc.’s Festivals and Events Committee. “This partnership allows MAIN ST. to continue its reputation of bringing the finest art, music, food and culture the country has to offer to our Fort Worth community”

MAIN ST. will hit the streets of Downtown Fort Worth for its 30th year in 2015, bringing tens of thousands of spectators and the finest in art, music, food and culture together in one location. Free and open-to-the-public, Texas’ largest arts festival will span 25 blocks from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center, while showcasing 200+ juried, hand-selected artists from across the U.S. throughout its four days.

In addition to presenting sponsor Blue Moon Brewing Company, The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 30th year in 2015 and is presented by Blue Moon Brewing Company®, which is distributed throughout the DFW Metroplex by Andrews Distributing Company. Official sponsors for 2015 are the Tarrant Regional Water District, Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, XTO Energy, Frost Bank, and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Omni Fort Worth Hotel, Park Central Hotel, The Ashton Hotel, the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown / Blackstone, and the Hilton Fort Worth. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT BLUE MOON BREWING COMPANY

Blue Moon Brewing Company® was founded in Denver in 1995 by head brewmaster and founder, Keith Villa, who created the company’s first signature craft beer — Blue Moon® Belgian White Belgian-Style Wheat Ale. Blue Moon has since grown to offer a wide array of craft beers, including two permanent, year-round collections, four seasonal collections, two expressionist collections, six specialty releases, four Brewmaster’s Sampler Packs, and 12 retired ales.  For more information, visit www.BlueMoonBrewingCompany.com

ABOUT ANDREWS DISTRIBUTING COMPANY

Andrews Distributing Company was founded in 1976 with seven employees and a 12,000-square-foot warehouse in Corpus Christi, Texas. It sold 276,000 cases of beer that first year with Miller Brewing as the only supplier and just two beer brands in the portfolio. Nearly 40 years later, Dallas-based Andrews Distributing Company employs more than 1,400 team members, manages four warehouses totaling more than 680,000 square feet, and maintains a fleet of over 500 vehicles. Its current portfolio consists of more than 300 brands from 33 supplier partners, with case sales in excess of 27.7 million. For more information, visit www.AndrewsDistributing.com.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $27 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

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Green River Ordinance, The Georgia Satellites, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Robben Ford, and Tito Puente, Jr. Headlining 30th Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

Hundreds of entertainers will perform on three stages along the streets of Downtown Fort Worth at the city’s largest arts and music festival on April 9-12, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 21, 2015) – Hundreds of critically acclaimed entertainers, including headliners Green River Ordinance, The Georgia Satellites, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Robben Ford, and Tito Puente, Jr., are set to perform at the 2015 MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.), celebrating its 30th year on April 9-12. Throughout the four-day festival, music lovers will witness live shows from locally, nationally and internationally recognized entertainers who cover a wide variety of music including, blues, jazz, country, Latin, rock, funk, classical and more.

There will be three stages providing the entertainment platform for this year’s performers. The University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) MAIN Stage, located at 9th and Main Streets in front of the Convention Center, will host entertainers such as legendary guitarist and five-time Grammy Award nominee Robben Ford, southern rock legends Atlanta Rhythm Section and The Georgia Satellites, and Fort Worth-based alternative roots-rockers Green River Ordinance.

The Sundance Square Stage, located on the west side of Sundance Square Plaza at 4th and Main Streets, will host entertainers such as contemporary jazz keyboardist and composer Keiko Matsui, 2013 Cliburn finalist Steven Lin, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows, and critically acclaimed Latin jazz artist Tito Puente, Jr.

On the Star-Telegram Performing Arts Stage, located at 5th and Main Streets, performers include avant-garde, new-age multimedia performance troupe Squonk Opera, country / rock / jazz hybrid The Gypsy Playboys, comedy-juggling superhero The Checkerboard Guy, and comedy juggler Wacky Chad.

Details including a comprehensive entertainment schedule, musician biographies, stage sponsors, and performance dates and times can be found online at MAIN ST.’s “Music on MAIN” page.

The 2015 MAIN ST. headliners include:

  • Thursday, April 9, 2015
    • Noon, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. – Squonk Opera (Star-Telegram Performing Arts Stage)
    • 6:30 p.m. – Beyond the Pale (Sundance Square Stage)
    • 6:30 p.m. – Mase & The Sidemen (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
    • 8:30 p.m. – Robert Ealey / Bluebird Tribute (Sundance Square Stage)
    • 8:30 p.m. – Green River Ordinance (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
    • Friday, April 10, 2015
      • 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – Squonk Opera (Star-Telegram Performing Arts Stage)
      • 7 p.m. – Steven Lin (Sundance Square Stage)
      • 7 p.m. – Brave Combo (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
      • 9 p.m. – Tito Puente, Jr. (Sundance Square Stage)
      • 9 p.m. – Robben Ford (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
      • Saturday, April 11, 2015
        • Noon, 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – Squonk Opera (Star-Telegram Performing Arts Stage)
        • 2 p.m. – Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Sundance Square Stage)
        • 7 p.m. – Penny and Sparrow (Sundance Square Stage)
        • 7 p.m. – Atlanta Rhythm Section (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
        • 7:30 p.m. – The Gypsy Playboys (Star-Telegram Performing Arts Stage)
        • 9 p.m. – Keiko Matsui (Sundance Square Stage)
        • 9 p.m. – The Georgia Satellites (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
        • Sunday, April 12, 2015
          • Noon, 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – Squonk Opera (Star-Telegram Performing Arts Stage)
          • 3:30 p.m. – Breggett Rideau (Sundance Square Stage)
          • 4:30 p.m. – Latin Express (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
          • 5:30 p.m. – Marion Meadows (Sundance Square Stage)
          • 6:30 p.m. – Havana NRG (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)

Also taking place for the first time in MAIN ST.’s 30-year history are performances from the Fort Worth Songwriters’ Association. On Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, local musicians will be showcasing their talent from 1 – 4 p.m. in Times Ten Cellars’ “Wine Experience” pavilion, located at 7th and Main Streets. Performances will include an eclectic range of music such as ’70s acoustic style, Texas country, Americana, blues and folk, rock ‘n’ roll, indie, original songs and more from artists such as Michael Mayes, Alan Beauvais, Gary Devlin and Summer Richman.

GENERAL INFORMATION

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2015 is #MainSt2015. Festival hours for 2015 are:

  • Thursday, April 9, 2015: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 10, 2015: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 11, 2015: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 12, 2015: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For additional event information, visit MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at:

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 30th year in 2015 and is presented by Blue Moon Brewing Company®, which is distributed throughout the DFW Metroplex by Andrews Distributing Company. Official sponsors for 2015 are the Tarrant Regional Water District, Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, XTO Energy, Frost Bank, and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Omni Fort Worth Hotel, Park Central Hotel, The Ashton Hotel, the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown / Blackstone, and the Hilton Fort Worth. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $27 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

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200+ of The Nation’s Finest Artists Selected to Exhibit at 2015 Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

The largest arts festival in Texas has become one of the most selective festivals in the country attracting more than 1,345 applicants this year

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 11, 2015) – More than 200 of the nation’s finest artists are set to showcase their work at the 2015 MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.), taking place April 9-12. Located in the heart of Downtown Fort Worth, more than $4.6 million worth of art is expected to be sold during the four-day festival, which will celebrate its 30th year in 2015

MAIN ST.’s extensive jury selection process requires artists to submit an application and their bodies of work to an esteemed blind, seven-person jury panel. In 2015, less than 14 percent of artists who applied were accepted into MAIN ST., with 1,345 applications received and 215 artists selected to exhibit.

Each year, nearly $11,000 is granted to the artist award winners, including one “Best of Show” winner, one “Best Emerging Artist” winner, seven “Merit Award” winners, and 14 “Juror Award” winners for each category. Art medium categories include ceramics, jewelry, mixed-media, printmaking, digital, fiber, leather, painting, sculpture, drawing/pastels, glass, metalwork, photography and wood. All artist award winners are automatically invited back to the next year’s MAIN ST.

Award-winning artists from the 2014 festival that were selected to return for the 2015 MAIN ST. include:

  • Jeffrey Cannon (Austin, Texas) – Best of Show Award 2014/Drawing & Pastels – Booth 315: Using only his hands and very large palettes of soft pastels, Jeffrey Cannon creates original landscapes that explore how nature continues to enchant, excite and inspire his audience.
  • Pamela Summers (Fort Worth, Texas) – Merit Award 2014/Ceramics – Booth 303: Inspired by tribes in Africa, Pamela Summers creates wheel-thrown, handmade vessels and tiles that are painted and fired three times using a palette of up to 12 glazes.
  • Marvin Blackmore (Durango, Colorado) – Merit Award 2014/Ceramics – Booth 821: Known for creating intricate, hand-etched pottery, Marvin Blackmore uses a two-tone, black-on-black technique that adds a layer of colored clay slips.
  • Sally Linville (Lyons, Kansas) – Merit Award 2014/Sculpture – Booth 512: Inspired by her pet chickens, Sally Linville has created chicken ottomans through a thorough art process that includes hand-felting feathers and bronze-casting feet and beaks.
  • Richard Hall (Mesa, Arizona) – Merit Award 2014/Painting – Booth 519: Characterized by a lack of visible brush strokes, whimsical compositions and realistic textures, Richard Hall strives to tell stories with his paintings, often adding an unexpected object to create interest and give his art a sense of humor.
  • Amy Flynn (Raleigh, North Carolina) – Merit Award 2014/Sculpture – Booth 610: Amy Flynn constructs one-of-a-kind “fobots” by using junk material and found objects. Each creation has its own personality and is typically made using vintage items that someone else once treasured.
  • Michael Schwegmann (Champaign, Illinois) – Juror Award 2014/Ceramics – Booth 329: Michael Schwegmann creates ceramic representations of common objects through attentive details and surfaces. He prefers to create sculptures that resemble memories of an object and alters them to engage intellect and emotion in a surprising way.
  • Beau Tudzarov (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) – Juror Award 2014/Digital – Booth 720: Striving to constantly find something new and compelling, Beau Tudzarov creates complex, detailed and captivating digital work using a five-step process focusing on transparency and reflection.
  • R. Michael Wommack (Langhorne, Pennsylvania) – Juror Award 2014/Drawing & Pastels – Booth 603: R. Michael Wommack creates a series of pastel drawings based on dreams and memories of growing up in the suburbs.
  • Cary Henrie (Bountiful, Utah) – Juror Award 2014/Sculpture – Booth 422: Cary Henrie utilizes a new type of sculpture – Life Vessels – that has third world sustainability including harvested butterflies, plants, and other “live” materials.
  • Scott Amrhein (Sherwood, Wisconsin) – Juror Award 2014/Glass – Booth 528: Inspired by the peace and serenity of the natural environment, Scott Amrhein finds tranquility in crafting glass lumen bowls that combine natural and man-made materials.
  • Seung Lee (Cathedral City, California) – Juror Award 2014/Printmaking – Booth 308: Influenced by the two poles of the yin and the yang, Seung Lee is a Korean-American contemporary artist whose subjects and materials are discovered on the street such as wood scraps, dishes, tree roots, broken TVs, VCRs, and other found materials.
  • Megan Clark (Raleigh, North Carolina) – Juror Award 2014/Jewelry – Booth 328: Megan Clark’s hand-fabricated jewelry brings together natural patterns with architectural forms and structures, creating a balance between the organic and geometric worlds of design.
  • Carol Hearty (Beacon, New York) – Juror Award 2014/Leather – Booth 304: An award-winning handbag designer, Carol Hearty’s leather bags are simple, intuitively mathematical, two-dimensional constructs that zip into inspiringly unlikely bags.
  • Jeffrey Zachmann (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) – Juror Award 2014/Metalwork – Booth 501: Jeffrey Zachmann explores movement by manipulating stainless steel to form with various materials, and creating kinetic sculptures that include rolling balls, gravity powered devices and motorized lifts.
  • Thomas Diel (Fort Worth, Texas) – Juror Award 2014/Mixed Media – Booth 428: With a background in industrial design and an eye for craft and detail, Thomas Diel uses architectural structure to design his “industrial-chic” furniture and small furnishings.
  • Andrew Sovjani (Conway, Massachusetts) – Juror Award 2014/Photography – Booth 620: As a visual artist recognized for blurring the boundaries between photography, painting and printmaking, Andrew Sovjani uses black and white negatives to create photographs that are chemically altered in the darkroom.
  • Susan Clayton (Tallapoosa, Georgia) – Juror Award 2014/Sculpture – Booth 313: Susan Clayton creates one-of-a-kind, hand-built ceramic sculptures that capture the feeling of comfort and peace.
  • Paul Lambrecht (Lanesboro, Minnesota) – Juror Award 2014/Wood – Booth 604: For the past 32 years, Paul Lambrecht has been making sculptures using everyday objects and mixing them with items that wouldn’t normally coexist. Typically, he starts by finding pieces of wood and adding unique elements of paint or carvings to create depth.

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public. The official hashtag for 2015 is #MainSt2015. Festival hours for 2015 are:

  • Thursday, April 9, 2015: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 10, 2015: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 11, 2015: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 12, 2015: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For additional event information, visit MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at:

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 30th year in 2015 and is presented by Blue Moon Brewing Company®, which is distributed throughout the DFW Metroplex by Andrews Distributing Company. Official sponsors for 2015 are the Tarrant Regional Water District, Sundance Square, The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College and Wells Fargo. Media sponsors are the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Radio sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM) and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, XTO Energy, Frost Bank, and the Music Performance Trust Fund. Hotel sponsors are Omni Fort Worth Hotel, Park Central Hotel, The Ashton Hotel, the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown / Blackstone, and the Hilton Fort Worth. For more information, visit www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $27 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

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Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival Closing Sunday, April 13

Due to strong winds and potential severe weather conditions

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 13, 2014) – Organizers of the 29th annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival made the decision to close the festival one day early on Sunday, April 13, after the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory in effect from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.. South winds of 25-30 miles per hour are expected with gusts in excess of 35 miles per hour.

“Due to updated projections of sustained high winds of 25-35 miles per hour throughout the day, and out of consideration for the safety of our guests, artists, volunteers, vendors and performers, we will be closing MAIN ST. today,” said Jay Downie, events director of Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., the producer of the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival. “This is not a decision we take lightly; however, our number one priority is the safety of all who are involved. We hope everyone stays home and stays safe.”

For additional event information, call 817.336.ARTS (2787) or visit the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at www.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

Transportation Made Easy for the 29th Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival on April 10-13, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 31, 2014) – Transportation to the 29th annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) is easier than ever with a variety of options made available to the public. From April 10-13, 2014, the Dallas/Fort Worth community will have the option to travel downtown by shuttle, bus, bike, car or train, at discounted rates.

What started as a three-day event involving 140 artists, 60 performance groups, 600 volunteers and approximately 80,000 people in attendance has grown into the largest arts and music festival in Texas. 29 years later, the now four-day-festival will feature 214 artists, more than 100 performance groups, 1,200 volunteers and hundreds of thousands of people in attendance.

Public Transportation

Local public transportation has created multiple opportunities for simplified travel to this year’s MAIN ST. Attendees are encouraged to utilize special offers from the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), Fort Worth Bike Sharing (B-cycle) and MAIN ST.’s free Bike Corral, made possible by the Fort Worth Bicycle Association and Bicycle’s, Inc.

In addition to its regular bus routes, The T will also offer specialized MAIN ST. Park-and-Ride shuttles that will travel to and from the festival every 20 minutes on Friday and Saturday.

Specifics include:

  • On Friday, April 11, the MAIN ST. shuttles will run between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
  • On Saturday, April 12, the MAIN ST. shuttles will run between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Pick-up and drop-off from the Stockyards/Billy Bob’s Texas area, located off North Main and 27th streets, and Farrington Field, located on the corner of University Drive and Lancaster Avenue, in the east lot behind the stadium
  • Cost is $1 each way
  • No operation on Thursday or Sunday

The TRE station at the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), located at Jones and 9th streets, is within walking distance of the festival. The TRE will be running all four days of the festival, and will add extra service cars to accommodate attendees from across the Metroplex.

Specifics include:

  • On Thursday, April 10, the last eastbound train will depart the ITC station at 9:46 p.m.
  • On Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, the last eastbound train will depart the ITC station at 11:35 p.m. and will travel to downtown Dallas’ Union Station. Note: DART rail services will not be operating at this time
  • On Sunday, April 13, the TRE will run a special schedule to and from Dallas between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

For more information regarding The T or TRE services, visit: www.The-T.com/MainStreet.aspx.

Fort Worth Bike Sharing (B-cycle) has 14 bike sharing stations located within walking distance of the festival zone.  All MAIN ST. attendees who use B-cycle can take advantage of half-price bike rentals and $4 access, simply by using the promo code, “76102.” For a full B-cycle system map, learn about B-cycle membership opportunities, and more, visit: www.FortWorthBikeSharing.org.

Attendees who plan to ride their own bicycle to MAIN ST. will have access to the free Bike Corral, located at 4th and Commerce streets. The Bike Corral will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Parking and Street Closures

For those who intend to drive to this year’s MAIN ST., parking will be available at various free and paid lots throughout downtown. For information and a detailed map of options, visit www.FortWorthParking.com.

Many streets will be closed as a result of the festival beginning on Monday, April 7, from 12:01 a.m. through Monday, April 14, at 6 a.m.

The closures in effect include:

  • Main Street from 2nd Street to 3rd Street
  • Main Street from 5th Street to 9th Street
  • 9th Street from Houston Street to Commerce Street
  • 9th Street from Commerce Street to Calhoun Street
  • 8th Street’s southbound lane and parking curb from Houston Street to Main Street will be closed
  • Houston Street’s northbound lane from 11th Street to 9th Street will be closed to all but local traffic due to closure of 9th Street to Houston Street

For more information and updated street closures, visit: www.MainStreetArtsFest.org/festival-guide/street-closures/.

For additional event information, visit MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at www.MainStreetArtsFest.org, “like” its Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MainStreetArtsFest, follow it on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MainStreetArts, or download the official MAIN ST. iPhone app via the iTunes App Store℠, here: bit.ly/MainStreetiPhone.

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 29th year in 2014 and is presented by Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth. Official Sponsors for 2014 are Sundance Square, Tarrant County College, the Tarrant Regional Water District, The University of Texas at Arlington, and Wells Fargo. Media Sponsors include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) and Trinity Railway Express (TRE), 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM), and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting Sponsors include Bank of Texas, RadioShack, the Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association and the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. also produces the XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $27 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

2014 Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival – Security/Safety Notice

While the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival has maintained a very involved and detailed disaster, emergency, and safety plan for a number of years, it is important that our local residents, festival attendees, vendors, and artists work collaboratively with the City of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Police Department, the Fort Worth Fire Department, and MAIN ST. event organizers to ensure the safety and well being of all who participate in the 2014 MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival.

The Fort Worth Police Department will be utilizing many uniformed and plainclothes police officers throughout the festival. In addition to the officers, Fire Department bomb-detecting K9 units will be sweeping the area and extra security cameras will be installed and remotely monitored.

We are also asking for assistance from our citizens. If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the Fort Worth Police Department. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911. Citizens should follow the “If You See Something, Say Something” guidelines as outlined by Homeland Security.

Citizens are also encouraged to visit www.Nixle.com and sign up for a free service used by the Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to send out information in the event of natural disasters and/or acts of violence in our area. Subscribers will receive messages via text and/or email.

Lastly, we ask all event attendees to keep all packages, bags, and backpacks with you at all times. Any unattended packages, bags, or backpacks will be subject to search and examination and possibly confiscated for safety precautions.

The Mavericks, Robert Cray, Eddie Palmieri, Bob Schneider and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Headlining Fest

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 17, 2014) – Hundreds of critically acclaimed entertainers, including The Mavericks, Robert Cray, Eddie Palmieri, Bob Schneider and the world-renowned Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, will soon perform at the 29th annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, taking place April 10-13, 2014. Fort Worth’s largest annual arts and music festival strives to have a variety of talent each year, and this year is no exception. Throughout the four-day festival, music lovers will hear the sounds of some of the biggest names in blues, country, opera, funk, rock, jazz and classical music.

There will be three stages providing the entertainment platform for all of this year’s performers. The University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) MAIN Stage, located at 9th and Main Streets in front of the Convention Center, will host entertainers such as country-steeped garage band The Mavericks, internationally admired blues artist Robert Cray, and pop/soul/funk band Mingo Fishtrap. The Sundance Square Stage, located in the brand new Sundance Square Plaza, will host entertainers such as multi-talented Bob Schneider, Grammy Award-winning Eddie Palmieri, the Fort Worth Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and 2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko. On the Performing Arts Stage, located at 5th and Houston Streets, performers include funk/folk singer/songwriter Luke Wade and No Civilians, the Motown music-man Larry g(EE), variety performers Alex Zerbe and John Park, and 12 performances from the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei.

More information, including a comprehensive entertainment schedule, full artist bios, website information and social media connections, can be found on the MAIN ST. iPhone app or by visiting www.MainStreetArtsFest.org/experience-main-st./music-on-main/.

The 2014 MAIN ST. headliners include:

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014
    • 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. – Chinese Acrobats of Hebei – The incredible strength and physical grace of the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei has rendered crowds awe-struck around the world. Now, the masters of agility and grace will be performing during all four days of the MAIN St. Fort Worth Arts Festival. (Performing Arts Stage)
    • 6:30 p.m. – TuTu Jones – Growing up in a house immersed in rhythm and blues, Jones started playing the drums at age four and hasn’t looked back since. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
    • 8:30 p.m. – Chris Watson Band – Combining funk, soul and roots into their music, the Chris Watson Band is a powerhouse southern soul group hailing from Fort Worth, Texas. (Sundance Square Stage)
    • 8:30 p.m. – Trent Willmon – Texas singer/ songwriter Trent Willmon brings his fun loving, beer drinking, ready-for-anything attitude every time he sings. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
    • Friday, April 11, 2014
      • 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. – Chinese Acrobats of Hebei – (Performing Arts Stage)
      • 5 p.m. – Fort Worth Opera – Celebrating their first appearance at MAIN ST., 12 members of the Fort Worth Opera will provide a memorable, first-class operatic performance. (Sundance Square Stage)
      • 7 p.m. – 2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko – Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of audiences and critics from all over the world with his powerful performances marked by vibrant imagination and intelligence. (Sundance Square Stage)
      • 7 p.m. – The California Honeydrops – With their audience growing bigger with each “southern-fried jazz” performance, The California Honeydrops’ mission is to make people dance, sing and enjoy themselves every time they hit the stage. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
      • 7 p.m. – The Wicks – A folk act infused with an R&B twist, The Wicks put their heart, soul and vocal thunder into every performance and hold nothing back with every song they sing. (Performing Arts Stage)
      • 9 p.m. – Eddie Palmieri – The nine-time Grammy Award winner is known for his charismatic power and bold innovative drive. A true powerhouse of brilliance, Eddie Palmieri and his band continue to thrill audiences with their legendary style. (Sundance Square Stage)
      • 9 p.m. – Robert Cray – With inspiration from George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray has been internationally admired as a stylist whose innovations have brought new life to blues music. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
      • 9 p.m. – Luke Wade and No Civilians – Texas-based singer-songwriter Luke Wade, and his band, No Civilians, offer an impressive mash-up of funky, folky pop/rock sound and have been a fixture on Southern stages for more than a decade. (Performing Arts Stage)
      • Saturday, April 12, 2014
        • 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. – Chinese Acrobats of Hebei – (Performing Arts Stage
        • 5 p.m. – Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra – Returning to MAIN ST. for the first time in 15 years, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs great symphonic music at the highest level of artistic excellence with the hopes of educating, entertaining and enhancing cultural life. (Sundance Square Stage)
        • 7 p.m. – The Rhythmators – Fort Worth-natives, The Rhythmators, found their sound in Colorado before establishing their name in the DFW music scene. With a mixture of R&B, blues and soul, they entertain crowds by playing original music, as well as blues and soul classics. (Sundance Square Stage)
        • 7 p.m. – Mingo Fishtrap – Pop, soul and funk is an unlikely combination for music, but the sounds have been merged and perfected by the eight-piece band, Mingo Fishtrap. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
        • 9 p.m. – Bob Schneider – Originally building his career as a working class musician, Bob Schneider has an institution of faithful followers across the U.S. with a mega fan base in Austin. (Sundance Square Stage)
        • 9 p.m. – The Mavericks – This country-steeped garage band emerged from Miami in 1989 and reunited in 2012 after an eight-year hiatus. The Mavericks will bring both new and classic hits, such as “Here Comes The Rain,” and “Dance The Night Away,” to MAIN ST. in 2014. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
        • 9 p.m. – Larry g(EE) – With a Motown feel to his music, Larry g(EE) strives to make his sound authentic and original for his audience. (Performing Arts Stage)
        • Sunday, April 13, 2014
          • 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. – Chinese Acrobats of Hebei – (Performing Arts Stage)
          • 4:30 p.m. – Latin Express – With more than 30 years of performing under their belt, Latin Express continues to be a mainstay in the DFW Tejano music scene. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)
          • 6:30 p.m. – Havana NRG – The “NRG” in Havana NRG stands for “New Rhythm Generation,” and this youthful Texas group offers up a hot program of timba-influenced salsa to prove that Havana-inspired sounds are alive in the Lone Star State. (UT Arlington MAIN Stage)

GENERAL INFORMATION

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. and presented by Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth.  The Festival is free to the public. Festival hours* for 2014 are:

  • Thursday, April 10: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 13: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

*Note artists may close at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Many, however, stay open later to accommodate the evening’s music audience.

For additional event information, visit MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at www.MainStreetArtsFest.org, “like” its Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MainStreetArtsFest, follow it on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MainStreetArts, or download the official MAIN ST. iPhone app via the iTunes App Store℠, here: bit.ly/MainStreetiPhone.

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 29th year in 2014 and is presented by Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth. Official Sponsors for 2014 are Sundance Square, Tarrant County College, the Tarrant Regional Water District, The University of Texas at Arlington, and Wells Fargo. Media Sponsors include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) and Trinity Railway Express (TRE), 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM), and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting Sponsors include RadioShack, the Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association and the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. also produces the XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $27 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.

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Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival Returning For 29th Year On April 10-13, 2014

FORT WORTH, TEXAS  (February 10, 2014) – The largest arts festival in Texas and one of the finest in the U.S. is returning to Downtown Fort Worth for its 29th year on April 10-13, 2014. Presented by Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth and produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., the four-day MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) spans more than 27 blocks from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center while showcasing 213 hand-selected juried artists.

Also billed as Fort Worth’s largest, free music festival, MAIN ST. features 120 distinct performances throughout the weekend, including local and national entertainment acts and musicians, performance artists, dancers and street performers. Culinary options from local restaurants, beer and wine tastings, family-friendly arts-and-crafts activities and more complete the scene, providing four days of excitement on the historic red bricks of Main Street and throughout the beautiful new Sundance Square Plaza.

“The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival has become the city’s most beloved annual event, and, even more importantly, continues to fulfill its original purpose of changing perspectives and enhancing the quality of life of Downtown Fort Worth,” said Marilyn Ackmann, chairman of the Festivals and Events Committee for Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., the producers of MAIN ST. “The Festival has also been a major catalyst for our city’s cultural growth by welcoming and bringing together people from all sides of life, from local cowboys, foodies and music lovers to artistic mavens, gallery owners and global art dealers and collectors. It is because of these reasons that MAIN ST. has risen to be one of the top-rated, fine arts festivals in the country and received worldwide acclaim and recognition.”

STAR OF THE SHOW: THE ART

In addition to being the largest arts festival in Texas and in the Southwest region of the United States, MAIN ST. is annually ranked as one of the finest arts festivals in the U.S., as referenced in both the Art Fair Sourcebook and The Harris List.

Art enthusiasts can choose from a variety of creative and original works of art from 15+ mediums, such as sculpture, painting, digital, fiber, printmaking, mixed media, ceramics, photography, wood, glass, jewelry, and metalwork, with more than $4.6 million worth of art expected to be sold. MAIN ST. is a juried art fair, which means that artists must submit their work to an esteemed panel of national and local judges before being selected to exhibit. Of the nearly 1,400 applications received, only 213 artists were selected to exhibit at the 2014 festival, including the 26 award-winning artists from the 2013 festival.  Each exhibiting artist will be present at their corresponding booths during festival hours to discuss their work and explain the processes and materials used in displayed works.

Details including artist statements, booth numbers, contact information and more can be found on MAIN ST.’s iPhone application or on its website’s “Fine Art Showcase,” here: www.MainStreetArtsFest.org/Experience-Main-St./The-Art/.

MUSIC ON MAIN!

This year’s MAIN ST. will be jamming with free, live music beginning at 11 a.m. daily during all four days of the festival, bringing to Downtown Fort Worth the biggest names in country, rock, folk, blues, jazz, Latin rock and more.  More than 100 national, regional and local musicians will entertain on three different stages, including performances from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Opera, five-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist Robert Cray, chart-topping hybrid country / rock vocal group The Mavericks, nine-time Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri, Austin-based eclectic singer / songwriter Bob Schneider, the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medal winner Vadym Kholodenko, and more than 10 performances from the world-famous Chinese Acrobats who will demonstrate acrobatic stunts and feats of balance, flexibility, coordination and strength.

“Performances by Fort Worth’s world-renowned, resident performing arts organizations is an incredibly special and wonderful addition to MAIN ST.,” said Jay Downie, the festival’s producer. “The new Sundance Square Plaza provides a vibrant, engaging venue for the FWSO, Opera and Cliburn performances. The willingness of these organizations to showcase their talents to thousands of patrons during our Downtown celebration is a special opportunity for our guests and visitors.”

Details including a comprehensive entertainment schedule, musician biographies, stage sponsors, and performance dates and times can be found on MAIN ST.’s “Music on MAIN” page, here: www.MainStreetArtsFest.org/Experience-Main-St./Music-On-Main/.

CULINARY ARTS

MAIN ST. is bringing back “festival-favorites” and the best in local cuisine in 2014, allowing revelers to experience a wide range of culinary arts.  Whether it’s tenderloin tamales or brisket tacos from Reata, smoked turkey legs or authentic Texas BBQ from Riscky’s, Louisiana crawfish from the Crawfish Connection, German bratwurst or “Bahama Mamas” from Schmidt’s Of German Village, handmade crepes from Crepe Crazy, zesty chicken fajita nachos or steak fajitas from Bobby’s Fajitas, or original corny dogs from Fletcher’s and McKinney’s, festival-goers have choices to satisfy almost any taste bud.

Soft drinks, smoothies, iced tea and lemonade as well as beer, margaritas, Mojitos, and Texas wines will also be available for sale.  To buy food and beverages, coupons are required, and can be purchased in-person at the MAIN ST. ticket booths or in advance online, here: Store.MainStreetArtsFest.org.

In addition, to help support and raise awareness for water conservation, the Tarrant Regional Water District will be sponsoring free water stations throughout the festival, featuring Fort Worth’s nationally renowned municipal water dispensed with a state-of-the-art U/V filtration system and chilled to perfection.

FUN FOR ALL AGES AT “MAIN ST. CREATES!”

The family-favorite “MAIN ST. Creates!” program, presented by Wells Fargo, is back for 2014 and will anchor the north end of the festival. The hands-on, arts-and-crafts outdoor art studio is home to the Young People’s Art Fair (featuring the work of more than 300 student artists from the Fort Worth community), children’s entertainment, educational programs, and interactive activities, such as ceramic painting, art demonstrations, clay sculpting, and rock climbing.

“MAIN ST. Creates!” is open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 10-12), and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday (April 13). More details can be found online, here: www.MainStreetArtsFest.org/Experience-Main-St./Main-St-Creates.

OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

  • Volunteer! MAIN ST. Volunteers are the “wonder team” behind the success of the nationally ranked MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival. The event simply could not take place without the hard work and dedication of more than 1,200 volunteers who handle everything from festival support to hospitality services to merchandise sales. Perks for MAIN ST. volunteers include complimentary commemorative MAIN ST. t-shirts, beverages, discounts on official MAIN ST. merchandise, and eligibility for prize giveaways. More details can be found online, here: http://bit.ly/MAINVolunteer.
  • Join The Collector’s Club! The Collector’s Club is an exclusive group of members that enjoy art seminars, social events, complimentary valet parking, dinners, VIP Skybox access, and Art Purchase Gift Certificates, valid towards artwork purchases at MAIN ST. Interested members can join at either the Premier Collector ($325 for singles / $550 for couples) or Young Collector ($225 for singles /  $350 for couples) levels. More details can be found online, here: http://bit.ly/MAINSTCollector.
  • Become a “Friend of the Festival!” Friends of the Festival provide recognition and networking opportunities for businesses large and small, with added perks including company logo placements on MAIN ST. press materials and programs, complimentary dinners and beverages, Skybox access, valet parking, commemorative MAIN ST. fleece jackets, and signature entertainment, all alongside Fort Worth’s movers and shakers. Interested businesses can join at either the Gold ($2,500), Silver ($1,500), or Bronze ($750) levels. More details can be found online, here: http://bit.ly/MAINFriend.

NEW FOR 2014

  • 2014 marks the debut of the new Sundance Square Plaza, a pedestrian-only, 55,000-square-foot outdoor venue featuring 32-foot-tall umbrella shade structures, hundreds of jetted interactive water fountains, pools, waterfalls and cascades, a permanent two-tiered multi-purpose stage complete with LED stage lighting and audiovisual equipment, bicycle racks, seating, and indigenous plants and landscaping in the heart of downtown on Main Street between 3rd and 4th Streets. The plaza will serve as the location for the renewed MAIN ST. “Artist’s Square,” as well as the new Performing Arts Stage, one of three entertainment stages throughout the festival.
  • Give the gift of MAIN ST. art with Art Purchase Gift Certificates, valid for any art purchases made from participating artists at the 2014 MAIN ST. The refundable certificates are available in the amounts of $25 – $100 and are currently for sale online, here: Store.MainStreetArtsFest.org.
  • A 2014 MAIN ST. festival guide, complete with information pertaining to parking, public transportation, access, street closures, accommodations, and much more, will be available online in late March.

HISTORY

MAIN ST. traces its beginnings to the early 1980s when the City of Fort Worth set in motion a campaign of urban revitalization in the Central Business District. As momentum began to build, businessman Robert Bass spearheaded the initial effort in 1986 to create an event showcasing the attractions of the city’s reawakening downtown core.

Mr. Bass and other prominent civic leaders envisioned a multi-faceted festival that would transform downtown into an outdoor gallery and concert stage on an early spring weekend. The inaugural MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival was a three-day event involving 140 artists, 60 performance groups and 600 volunteers. Attendance was approximately 80,000.

Nearly three decades later, Downtown Fort Worth has become a thriving, 24-hour live-work-play environment. The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, meanwhile, has followed a parallel trajectory, evolving into the biggest and best-attended event of its kind in the Southwest.

GENERAL INFORMATION

MAIN ST. is annually produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free to the public.  Festival hours* for 2014 are:

  • Thursday, April 10: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 13: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

*Note artists may close at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Many, however, stay open later to accommodate the evening’s music audience.

For additional event information, visit MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at www.MainStreetArtsFest.org, “like” its Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MainStreetArtsFest, follow it on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MainStreetArts, or download the official MAIN ST. iPhone app via the iTunes App Store℠, here: bit.ly/MainStreetiPhone.

ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 29th year in 2014 and is presented by Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth. Official Sponsors for 2014 are the Tarrant Regional Water District, Sundance Square, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Wells Fargo.  Media Sponsors include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) and its Trinity Railway Express (TRE), 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM), and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting Sponsors include the Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association and the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. also produces the XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $27 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.


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