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, it exclusively focuses on highlighting the work of local artists, musicians, and performers of all mediums and experience levels. ArtsGoggle attracts a crowd of 60,000+ patrons that are as diverse as the Near Southside neighborhood where the event is hosted. Visitors are invited to park their cars and rediscover this revitalized urban neighborhood by foot or by bicycle, including Fort Worth Bike Sharing bikes.
ArtsGoggle started 17 years ago as the Near Southside’s own indoor gallery night designed to showcase the district’s revitalization efforts underway via newly-established business 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 artist’s booths on Magnolia Avenue that stretch more than a mile in length and adjacent businesses, new and old, tout ArtsGoggle as their best day of sales each year.
ArtsGoggle prides itself in providing a casual, approachable and vibrant environment to appreciate art and learn about the talents within our own community. For almost two decades, this non-juried art festival has been the launch pad for many artists showing their work for the first time. ArtsGoggle provides a supportive setting for both aspiring and professional artists with new collections to display, sell and seek comment on their artwork.
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; and presented racaous concerts from the Flying Balalaika Brothers, a Russian Romani rock trio that utilizes classical instruments with a modern sound.
In 2018, in tribute to ArtsGoggle’s unique indoor start, the event expanded to South Main Village where businesses opened their doors in an all-day open house to show off the work of a wide array of local artists. With the event footprint now stretch more than two miles, a trolley was available to take visitors between Magnolia Avenue and South Main Village, stopping along the way at designated parking areas and indoor art experiences.
Gallery at Goggle will return in 2019 to include more showcases of fine art, music, experiential art, and unique programming inside each of the South Main Village participating businesses ranging from breweries, bars and bakeries to creative firms, historic preservation projects and theaters.
Magnolia Avenue from 8thAvenue to S. Main Street, 20 blocks, one mile stretch.
South Main Village, inside over 30 participating venues hosting art, music and activities.