20th Annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival

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More than 200 artists and about 100 bands playing original music will show off what makes Deep Ellum different. This year, the fest is opening earlier on its first day, in hopes of drawing downtown workers (sounds like a pretty great lunch break to me). Plus, the pet parade on April 6 is always a highlight in my book.

Six city blocks of Main Street in Dallas’ Entertainment District, Deep Ellum, will be transformed into one enormous street party featuring art, music, food and drink.

Attendees can stroll through displays of cutting-edge decorative arts and admire, commission, and purchase the art of sculptors, muralists, jewelers, painters, and fine artists, some of whom will be creating pieces on the spot. Throughout the weekend, live bands, singer-songwriters and performance artists will perform on five open-air stages. The renowned Pet Parade takes place on Sunday.

Music lineup includes Brave Combo, Zachary Scott Pohl, Ottoman Turks, Reinventing Jude, The Effinays, Groovebumps, Convoy and the Cattleman, and many others.

Throughout the weekend, 32 mural artists from across the city will paint 4x8 panels to be attached to a pop-up, walk-through tunnel structure, invoking memories of the TunnelVisions project on Good Latimer. Each artist has exactly 4 hours to paint. 6-8 artists will paint at a time. And it will be pressure-packed, high drama. Finished boards are added to the tunnel and over the course of the weekend, the tunnel frame will be transformed into a huge, 12’ wide by 8 foot tall, 32’ deep Mural Tunnel. Artists paint every hour of the Festival until 3pm Sunday, when the last artists finish and judging begins.

This is an adult-oriented visual and performing arts festival. While supervised minors are welcome, there are no activities specifically planned for them.

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