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Plenty of art, food and music at two festivals downtown this weekend

April 6,2022

See full City of Fort Worth article here.

Take your pick from two arts festivals downtown – or better yet, check them both out.

MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival
The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is returning to downtown for its 35th year, April 7-10, after taking a two-year COVID hiatus.

Ranked as the No. 3 fine arts event in the U.S., the free MAIN ST. will feature jury-selected local, regional and national visual artists, live music on four stages, authentic local cuisine, a revamped family-friendly Makers Zone, craft beer pavilions, wine tastings and more across 18 square blocks throughout downtown.

This year, MAIN ST.’s outdoor gallery will feature more than 200 juried artists selected from more than 1,000 applications to exhibit their work. An estimated $4 million worth of art is expected to be sold across 15 artistic media categories, including sculpture, painting, photography, wood, glass, jewelry, metalwork, printmaking, mixed media and more.

With four stages and entertainers ranging from country music headliners and jazz keyboardists to R&B groups and swing bands, MAIN ST. 2022’s musical lineup is packed. Back by popular demand is the Hear Fort Worth Stage, where Fort Worth’s most popular singer-songwriters and aspiring musicians will perform live concerts all four days of the festival.

MAIN ST. is produced annually by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives Inc. Days and hours for 2022:

Thursday, April 7, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fort Worth Arts Fair
Sundance Square’s Fort Worth Art Fair will include headline music performances by country artist Clint Black, jazz vocalist Catherine Russell with Steve Miller, pianist Shelly Berg, guitarist Dean Parks, bassist Nathan East and drummer Gregg Field, Fort Worth’s Abraham Alexander and jazz singer Ledisi

Billed as a first-of-its-kind cultural and experiential event, the Fort Worth Art Fair is committed to spotlighting local artists and musicians. Established by Sasha and Ed Bass, the inaugural Fort Worth Art Fair is a welcoming venue for family and friends to honor their North Texas community and shared culture through art, music and food.

Participating art galleries include Artspace111 & Love Texas Art, Art Tooth, Bale Creek Allen Gallery, Daisha Board Gallery, Dang Good Candy, Flatbed Press and Pencil on Paper Gallery. A number of galleries will showcase the work of unrepresented artist in an effort to attract greater visibility.

General admission to the Art Fair is free. For those who desire an expanded experience, a daily VIP All Access Pass is available for purchase and includes local culinary tastings, private bars and lounges and guaranteed plaza access during musical performances. Additionally, for those interested in priority access to the musical performances, a Music Lover Bracelet provides guaranteed in-plaza stage views. Buy passes online. 

The four-day festival’s extended musical line-up will be devoted each day to a music category, ranging from country to singer/songwriter to blues/jazz to international, with at least six daily performances.