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Main Street between Malcolm X and Exposition Ave Dallas, Texas
Estimated attendance: 100,000
Exhibitor's Application Deadline
November 5, 2019 @ 12:00 am
Food Vendor's Application Deadline
December 15, 2020 @ 12:00 am
March 14, 2020 – We have made the difficult decision to postpone the Deep Ellum Arts Festival scheduled for April 3-5, 2020 to new dates in September in light of new information on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) released by the city, state, and federal officials. We have been in close communication with the City of Dallas and have submitted our revised special event permit for September 11-13, 2020. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event and we appreciate the healthcare workers, local communities, and governments around the world who are on the front line working to contain this coronavirus.
We hope to see you at our September event as we enjoy the beautiful neighborhood of Deep Ellum at the rescheduled 26th annual event, featuring over 200 fine artists, 100 musicians, and more. Please take precautions to stay healthy and safe. We encourage everyone to refer to CDC recommendations about best practices and will continue to watch the situation closely in the coming months.
26TH ANNUAL ARTS FESTIVAL IN DALLAS TEXAS
ADMISSION TO THE FESTIVAL IS FREE!
Friday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm | Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm | Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
This is an “adult-oriented” visual and performing arts festival; while supervised young children and teenagers are welcome during the day, there are no specifically planned activities for them.
Seven blocks of Main Street in the Dallas entertainment district of Deep Ellum, 2900-3700 Main Street, Dallas TX 75226, will be transformed into one enormous street festival. Featuring 200 top-notch decorative and visual artists, 100 original bands and singer/songwriters performing from four different stages and two additional performance areas, The Artists in Motion Walk, and enticing foods and drinks.
Festival attendees can stroll through displays of cutting-edge decorative arts and admire, commission, and purchase the works of sculptors, muralists, jewelers, painters, leather and wood crafters, as well as other specialized fine artists, some of whom will be creating original pieces on the spot.
The FREE 3-day, Deep Ellum Arts Festival exemplifies everything that makes this area rock!
Experience more than 200 decorative and visual artists selling and commissioning original works, over 150 original bands and performance artists showcasing the newest sights and sounds from four outdoor stages, 2 indoor stages, and two performance areas!
Purchase or commission the art of sculptors, muralists, jewelers, painters, and fine artists who will have their distinctive one-of-a-kind works on display, some of whom will be creating pieces on the spot.
Keeping pace with the newest sounds of the music industry reflecting Deep Ellum’s exploding music scene with all four stages and two performance areas rocking with an eclectic mix of genres.
Festive Mexican, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Asian, American, specialty desserts and other festival favorites, plus beer, wine, and sodas. In support of festival vendors, no coolers, please!
HISTORY OF DEEP ELLUM ARTS FESTIVAL
The Deep Ellum Arts Festival first debuted in 1994 as a one-block street party and has since become one of the largest visual and performing Arts Festivals in the region achieving international recognition for presenting the finest in original performing and visual artists. The festival now consists of over 100 original bands and singer-songwriters performing on 5 stages, 200-juried visual artists displaying and selling their one of a kind works, spontaneous street performances, over 30 restaurants serving scrumptious trendy and classic foods & beverages, and great people-watching covering six city blocks and adjacent spaces in the heart of the Deep Ellum Entertainment district. The festival has always been free to attend due to sponsorship underwriting and in-kind support, various grants, exhibitor booth fees and keeping a percentage of all food and beverage sales generated at the festival.
The first event was produced with the cooperation of the newly formed Deep Ellum Association headed up by Don Blanton, a major Deep Ellum property owner and visionary and Stephen Millard and his company Main Events International (MEI) also known as “The Celebration Engineers®”. Stephen Millard was the original producer of the award-winning MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival from 1986-1994. During MEI’s tenure, Main St. became nationally recognized as one of the Top 10 Events of its kind in the country. Millard also founded many of the most acclaimed events in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, including the Bedford Blues Festival, The Dallas Festival of Art & Jazz, Irving Texas July 4th Music and Fireworks Festival, Gran Fiesta de Fort Worth, Texas Hydrofest, Generation eXpo Music Festival and numerous other major concerts and special events.
MEI’s founder Stephen Millard’s expertise in managing multi-faceted organizations and special events was honed through a previous fifteen-year career of executive and general management experience with large world-class hotels and resorts, operated by both the Hilton and Hyatt Hotels Corporations.
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