April 23, 2022
Near Southside along Magnolia Avenue from 8th Avenue to S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX
About the Event:
Near Southside, Inc.
Megan Henderson, Director of Events + Communications
1606 Mistletoe Blvd. ; Fort Worth, TX 76104
Activities: Arts Festival, Music festival
ArtsGoggle is Fort Worth's premier festival of local arts. This free-to-the-public, family-friendly event annually hosts more than 1,000 visual artists, 50 musical performances, artistic displays of every kind, food, drink, and fun for everyone. Unlike any event in Fort Worth, the festival exclusively focuses on highlighting the work of local artists, musicians, and performers of all media and experience levels. ArtsGoggle attracts a crowd of 60,000+ patrons that are as diverse as the event's Near Southside neighborhood. Visitors are invited to park their cars and rediscover this revitalized urban district by Trinity Metro transit, by foot, or by bicycle, including Fort Worth Bike Sharing bikes. ArtsGoggle started 19 years ago as the Near Southside's own indoor gallery night, designed to showcase the district’s revitalization efforts underway via newly established businesses hosting one-day open houses in partnership with local artists. The event remained almost exclusively indoors for the first decade before spilling out onto the street. Today, visitors are invited to stroll artists' booths on Magnolia Avenue stretching more than a mile in length, and adjacent businesses, new and old, tout ArtsGoggle as their best day of sales each year. Accompanying the visual artists, the entertainment at ArtsGoggle heavily features local musicians and offers performances from a variety of cultures and styles. In addition, the event partners with arts organizations across Fort Worth to draw attention to their programs. In years past, ArtsGoggle has hosted: the Fort Worth Opera for pop-up concerts; showcased Ballet Folklorico de Azteca for a colorful dance performance; presented a raucous concert from the Flying Balalaika Brothers, a Russian Romani rock trio that utilizes classical instruments with a modern sound; and hosted a stellar headliner performance from indie rocker Sarah Jaffe.Back to the event calendar