A fun-filled weekend festivities, including artists, musicians, savory food/drinks and a pet parade.

Photo courtesy of Mark Thompson

Dallas, Texas – The Deep Ellum Arts Festival is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary from Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6. For the first time since its inception, the festival open early for lunch on Friday, April 4 at 11 a.m. and offers downtown office workers a special opportunity to preview the festival during their lunch hours. Voted the “Best Art-Related Event” by the Dallas Observer in 2013, the festival is a Dallas and Deep Ellum staple.

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With dozens of street vendors and concessionaires, guests enjoyed a wide array of hand-picked cuisines, beer, wine and cocktails while experiencing more than 200 juried fine artists displaying and selling their works of art, many of which will be created live. The exquisite collections showcased will include paintings, sculptures, murals, jewelry and other original works of art by artists such as mixed media artist Aaron Coleman, painter and award-winning tattoo artist Char McGaughy, painter Darrell Driver, installation artist Elizabeth Dunlop, muralist Frank Campagna, National Geographic photographer Greg Davis, painter Matt Esparza and photographer Richard J. Auger. The visual art ranges from “experimental to wildly local” (Dallas Observer).

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The annual three-day festival, which cover six city blocks of Main Street in Dallas’ Entertainment District, also feature 100 original bands and songwriters performing original music from all genres on five open-air stages. All stages rocking simultaneously with an eclectic mix of genres, including indie, jazz fusion, punk, reggae, rock, rockabilly, roots, Texas roadhouse blues and more. This year’s headlining act, Astronautalis, is an American alternative hip-hop artist based from Minneapolis, Minn., who has collaborated with the likes of Sims of hip-hop collective Doomtree, Tegan Quinn of Tegan & Sara, Ryan Olson of Gayngs, and Justin Vernon and S. Carey of Bon Iver.

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The Deep Ellum Arts Festival remains the premier event in Deep Ellum, Dallas and as always is free-to-attend thanks to the generosity and support of past and present sponsors. Though the festival closed 2 hours early due to rain, the festival organizers were undaunted after a strong weekend turnout.
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