You wouldn't guess it from the flurries yesterday, but the season of spring outdoor arts festivals has begun.
Today is the last day of the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The weekend event features a street-festival environment including three stages of free music, exhibiting artists and plenty of snacks. Saturday's events included a Pooch Parade, a 5K run, and an art-glass blowing demonstration at the Firehaus gallery. See a full rundown on the Saturday scene at Pegasus. The festival concludes at 7pm tonight.
If the overcast skies and cool temps don't have you in the festive mood yet, there are more events in upcoming weekends:
Main Street Arts Festival (Fort Worth): April 19-22nd. 22nd annual presentation of live concerts, performance art, a juried art show and plenty of food.
Denton Arts and Jazz Fest (Denton): April 27-29th. 2,200 performers, 6 stages for professional and community performances, arts and crafts, food and games. Emphasis on jazz, bluegrass and other American music, although the 2006 festival also featured a belly dance recital.
CottonWood Arts Festival (Richardson): May 6-7th. A semi-annual gathering of artists and musicians amid the trees in the CottonWood Park.
The 4th Annual Dallas CityArts Celebration (Dallas): June 8-10th. Outdoor stages of music and dance performance, arts exhibitions, and opportunities to participate. Complimentary admission to the Nasher, the Crow Collection, and the DMA.
An additional compendium of festival events is at the Art News site. Admission to these festivals is free, but the art selection is so tempting, that it's hard to leave your wallet in your pocket. Most events kick off around 10am, but check with the festival's site for exact hours through each weekend.