The annual West Main Arts Festival celebrated its 7th year on Saturday, showcasing 25 local bands and 70 art/vendor booths along four blocks in Arlington.
The day of festivities featured stages sponsored by local businesses, treating attendees to a range of musical acts that showed the diversity of the Arlington music scene.
Among the vendor route, attendees could browse a variety of items, including paintings, sculptures, photography and more.
There is an atmosphere of change in Arlington, where new ideas are beginning to shape its growing hand in the DFW music and arts scene.
Bands have been coming out of Arlington by the boatload, and it seems like the city is here for it. Between staging free festivals/concerts, providing artist community resources and putting on special events like last year’s Takeout Tuesdays, the space between Dallas and Fort Worth is letting the world know it’s ready to help its creative community thrive.
West Main Arts Fest is currently organized by Mark Joeckle of Create Arlington, aa unique studio space supporting the ambitions of creators and entrepreneurs.
The festival is one of many events and incentives that the organization oversees in its efforts to enhance the cultural and economic vitality of Arlington.
Upcoming gallery events by Create Arlington include The Black Experience on July 2, a handcrafted pup-up market every third Thursday, a poetry open mic night every second Tuesday, plus special events throughout the year.
There are several events coming up this this month available to the community organized by West Main Arts Fest sponsor Downtown Arlington as well. Here are some listings.
- May 10: Cultural District Mixer (includes a special presentation from Meow Wolf)
- May 12: Free Concerts @ Levitt Pavilion featuring El Chanclazo and La Santa Cecilia
- May 13: Downtown Impressions: A Community Plein Air Experience
- May 13: Free Concerts @ Levitt Pavilion featuring Trent Walker and Slade Coulter
- May 14:The Pinnacle Bank CLUB COMEDY
- May 17 & 31: Figure Drawing @ Create Arlington
- May 19: Free Concerts @ Levitt Pavilion featuring Timlightyear and Vandoliers
Check out the full calendar on their website.
Jessica Waffles is a freelance photographer/videographer and regular contributor to KXT.
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