ATTENDANCE IS FREE!
Friday, April 5, 2019 – Sunday, April 7, 2019
Friday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm | Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm | Sunday 11:00 am – 8:00 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.
2900-3400 MAIN STREET, DALLAS TX 75226
While private Security and Dallas Police officers’ presence has always been involved in our Festival security, in keeping with the times, our procedures have been enhanced this year to include vehicle blockades, backpack restrictions, and security personnel monitoring Festival entrances. A See Something Say Something campaign will also be in place. The following security information and restrictions will be posted at the festival entrances:
Parking is always challenging in Deep Ellum and during the Festival parking can be hard to find and expensive. Best to take Dart light rail which stops one block from the Festival. Official Drop Off locations for taxi, Lyft, Uber, etc. are at 3100 Commerce St intersection with Hall St., and 3100 Elm St at Hall St. This location is the center of the Festival. This location is also ideal for bicycle and scooter parking.
If you must drive your car to the Festival you will find numerous public and private lots in and around Deep Ellum as well as limited metered spaces on Commerce and Main Street. Parking lot prices vary from $7.00 to $20.00++ and city lots $2-$5 and metered lots (pay by phone app available) $2 per hour.
Follow this link to a detailed Festival Map with Parking Options.
Riding DART is easy! Take the DART Rail Green Line to the Baylor University Medical Center station which is the closest stop to the center of the Festival at Hall and Main Streets, just 2 blocks from the station.
The Deep Ellum Dart Station will drop you off 6 blocks west of the Festival entrance which is at Malcolm X and Main Street. Fares are available from the GoPass Mobile Ticketing App, at any DART Rail Station from a Ticket Vending Machine or from a bus operator. A $5.00 Local Day Pass is good for round-trip service.
Featuring over 100 live performances from all over the metroplex and beyond performing only original music representing a variety of genres on four outdoor concert stages and two performance areas.
Over 200 juried Fine Artists from throughout the nation will be displaying and selling their original works at the Festival. The exquisite collections showcased will include paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics, mixed media, leatherworks, fashion and other unique works of art and fine crafts.
The Deep Ellum Artists’ Village:
Situated at the main entrance to the Festival, the Deep Ellum Artists’ Village puts local arts and music front and center. While Deep Ellum’s distinguished musical acts mesmerize audiences from the concert stage, this space will be solely devoted to local artists creating live masterpieces and showing local artwork.
The Newly-Branded Texas Fantastic Stage:
The well-known Texas Lone Star Stage at Exposition Ave has been rebranded this year – The Texas Fantastic Stage! It will bring audiences a bevy of high quality local and national acts, with an emphasis on diversity and cultural performances. Local creative Iris Candelaria and local arts org/publishing company Wavelength Magazine have teamed up to bring a program of live art, poetry, dance, and interactive art activities. To celebrate the city’s homegrown talent, local arts magnet school Booker T. Washington will showcase some of their music ensembles–and some exciting, top-secret alumni.
A New Film Element:
The Dallas Film Society Mini-Film Festival: The Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) makes its triumphant return to Deep Ellum with a showcase of the best shorts of the last 25 years. The mini-fest takes place inside the iconic Sons of Hermann Hall on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6.
The Artist Court Stage Gets Local:
This year, the music on the Artist Court Stage at Trunk Street is being programmed by local favorite Deep Ellum Radio. Together with the Deep Ellum Artists’ Village Stage, this musical mainstay will bring a roster of heavy hitters from the local music scene.
Official Festival Posters and various Festival and Deep Ellum souvenir T-Shirts are available at the merchandise booth on Main Street and Malcolm X Blvd near the Deep Ellum Artist’s Village and at Main Street and Hall Street near the Pabst Synergy Stage.
Well-trained socialized pets are welcome to the festival all day Sunday, especially during the Pet Parade. We are prepared and staffed for the additional needs of pets on Sunday only and the adjacent Deep Ellum Dog Park will be open. While pets will not be turned away Friday or Saturday we appreciate your cooperation in adhering to these guidelines for everyone’s benefit.
Delicious, festival Cuisine! Festival restaurants and concessionaires will be serving a myriad of culinary delights throughout the festival including American funnel cakes, jumbo corn dogs, BBQ, and Cajun. Latino, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Italian, crepes and specialty desserts along with various health-foods. Beer, wine, and soft beverages will also be available for purchase. In restricted Festival Lounges cocktails can be purchased.
In support of festival vendors and permit regulations, no outside food or beverages may be brought into or consumed on the festival site.
IT IS FROM THE SALE OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE AND THE COMMISSION THE FESTIVAL RECEIVES FROM ITS PARTICIPATING CONCESSIONAIRES AND RESTAURANTS THAT THIS MAJOR FESTIVAL MAINTAINS ITSELF AS FREE TO ATTEND.
All food and beverage sales transaction are conducted by exchanging coupons, which are purchased from coupon sales booths conveniently located throughout the Festival. (Concessionaires are not permitted to accept cash at any time). Cash or Credit Cards are accepted to purchase coupons and ATM’s are also located near coupon sales booths. Unused coupons are non-refundable and will be considered a contribution to support this annual Festival. Coupons are sold in strips of 9 for $10.00. Individual coupons are available for $1.25 each at designated coupon booths but with cash only. There is a minimum $10.00 purchase with credit cards.
The Deep Ellum Entertainment district is an edgy adult-oriented area with bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and galleries. This visual and performing arts festival is also adult themed at times. While supervised young children and teenagers are welcome during the day, there are no activities specifically planned for them.
The Festival will attempt to go on even if it rains (or snows, like it did in 2008). Short or light periods of rain will only delay the Festival but the show will stay on schedule. The weather savvy local audience dresses for the weather, ducks into local restaurants and bars, and comes right back out when the weather clears up. We maintain weather monitors at all times and will keep audiences posted if we foresee any severe problems.
Outdoor restrooms are located at Walton, Hall and 2nd Streets.
Lost and Found:
If any personal item is lost or found please drop by the Festival Headquarters at Sons of Hermann Hall during festival hours.
Located in the Historic Landmark
Sons of Hermann Hall (SOHH):
3414 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226
Phone: 214-855-1881 email: email@example.com