Fort Worth set to begin annual arts festival in Downtown

Crowds are expected to gather in downtown Fort Worth as the Main St. Arts Festival begins set up for its 32nd annual event.

The art festival will host a multitude of different artists, musicians and various food vendors from April 20-23.

213 total artists, some of which are award-winning, will be attending this year’s festival. Displays will show off artists’ skills in the form of photography, ceramics, pastels and more.

Musicians will also be playing songs from all genres on the stages provided.  This includes a new fifth pop-up stage that will be placed on First and Weatherford streets.

Two blocks will be dedicated to family-friendly activities like balloons, sand art and face painting.

There will also be the Young People’s Art Fair, sponsored by Texas Community College, where 200 aspiring Fort Worth Independent School District students can showcase their art from April 22-23.

Since 1984, the arts festival has evolved from a three-day event hosting 100 local artists to a four-day event with art, music and food with an expected 400,000 visitors, said Claire Armstrong, the public relations director of the Main St. Arts Festival.

Armstrong added that the festival is expected to bring in around 4.6 million dollars in revenue this year.

The festival has become known around the United States, being voted the country’s third best arts festival by Art Fair SourceBook.

“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.”

Streets in Downtown will remain closed until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24.