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Get the Ultimate Music Fest Experience

Looking for a festival experience? You don't have to tear up I-35 to find it. Here's a glimpse at the series of sensational festivals illuminating Dallas every year.

Deep Ellum Arts Festival

Deep Ellum’s biggest party of the year brings all the artistry, music and flavor of Dallas’ most eclectic city together for a three-day celebration in April. Six blocks of Main Street are sectioned off to highlight the work of more than 100 musicians and 200 visual artists. Mexican, Caribbean, Asian and American food are available alongside ska, punk, hip hop and rock sounds from across Dallas. Best of all, you don’t pay a dime to enter.

Old 97’s County Fair

Courtesy of the Old 97’s and the team behind Homegrown Music and Arts Festival, this one-stage festival in April merges everything you love about Texas into one day of music, food and fun. It’s all about country here, with everyone from the Vandoliers, Mavis Staples, Lucinda Williams and the Old 97’s themselves taking the stage in recent years.


It may be expanding to other cities, but the Dallas-born JMBLYA will remain a testament to the caliber of talent that the Big D has always and will always draw. Focused on hip hop and EDM, the young, Fair Park-set fest in early-May has already brought the likes of J. Cole, Chance the Rapper and Migos to Texas, alongside Lone Star locals like Bun B and Trae the Truth.

Homegrown Music and Arts Festival

Two stages, 12 Texas acts and more food trucks than you can shake a fork at - that’s what you get with Homegrown Music and Arts Festival. Every May, music fans from all different genres flock to Main Street Garden Park to see local artists take the stage for a celebration of Dallas music. Throw in live art demonstrations, food trucks and free entry for children 10 and under, and you have the perfect summer kick off.


Previously located in Denton, this late-fall fest made the move to Dallas in 2017 to meet the demand that came from its surge in popularity. Attracting stars as diverse as Norah Jones and 21 Savage, Oaktopia unites music fans of all kinds in a weekend-long party with musicians from across the nation. Started by two UNT grads, the fest is a testament to the fact that Dallas is home to an array of music innovators.

Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase

Every December, Deep Ellum lights up as over 50 local stars take on nine different stages in honor of another excellent year of Dallas music. The DOMA showcase displays many of the Dallas Observer Music award nominees alongside a score of other local luminaries. With performers selected by promoters, fans, musicians and writers alike, this showcase is a true representative of Dallas’ best and brightest music masters.

Riverfront Jazz Festival

During Labor Day weekend, this musical event spans over three days and three venues. Started by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, the festival debuted in 2017. The festival is jam-packed with some of the world's best national and international jazz artists of all sub-genres, including Dallas native Erykah Badu.

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Last updated on 10/30/2018.