Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival

777 Taylor Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX 76102



The mission of MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is to produce a free, annual arts festival that promotes the diversity, vibrancy and life of Fort Worth; to promote the qualities of the city to regional and national audience; and to contribute to the overall quality of life for Fort Worth residents.

In the 1980’s, this incredible revitalization was in the very early stages and prominent citizens planned a celebration of the arts to herald the coming of spring and the beginning of the city’s rebirth called Festival Fort Worth held for the first time in 1984.  Now the city is has come alive with activity, events and people, while the 22nd Annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival has become the city’s most beloved event of the year and the largest free, four-day visual arts and entertainment festival in the Southwest. The community ideals behind MAIN ST. represent what is best about America—the past and the present, and the ability to realize and celebrate their dreams for the future.

The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival showcases a juried art fair, savory food, live concerts, performance artists and street performers!

The event traces its beginnings to the early 1980s when the City of Fort Worth set in motion a campaign of urban revitalization in the Central Business District. As momentum began to build, businessman Robert Bass spearheaded the initial effort in 1986 to create an event showcasing the attractions of the city's reawakening downtown core.

Mr. Bass and other prominent civic leaders envisioned a multi-faceted festival that would transform downtown into an outdoor gallery and concert stage on an early spring weekend. That first MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival was a three-day event involving 140 artists, 60 performance groups and 600 volunteers. Attendance was approximately 80,000.

Two decades later, downtown Fort Worth has become a thriving, 24-hour live-work-play environment. The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, meanwhile, has followed a parallel trajectory, evolving into the biggest and best-attended event of its kind in the Southwest. Art Fair SourceBook and The Harris List, two authoritative reference works on the American art-show circuit, each recently ranked MAIN ST. as #9 among the many hundreds of events they review nationally. The Harris List also rates MAIN ST. as the best festival in Texas.

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