We Texans know that summer starts nipping at spring’s heels in no time once the grass greens up, trees leaf out and the redbuds bloom. We relish this seasonal window of near perfect temps, which is why the Denton calendar is packed with things to do starting this week.
Those pleasant temperatures aren’t immune to Texas weather’s proclivity for surprise, though. You know the old adage, “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, give it five minutes and it’ll change.” The opposite happens sometimes, too, like it did to the Denton Community Market on their opening day April 7. Glorious springtime gave way to a freak north wind and gray misty skies and discouraged vendors and visitors alike from the traditional celebratory opening day. But the market folks rolled with it and kicked off their season yesterday with “Opening Day Do-Over.” Denton Community Market is open now every Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through November.
Thin Line Fest opens this Wednesday and runs through Sunday. This is the largest all-documentary film, photography and music festival in Texas and draws several thousand attendees from around the globe. Films will screen between the Campus Theatre downtown and the Denton Movie Tavern. Photography exhibits are at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Golden Triangle Mall and the Hickory Street Office Building. And music shows will be in various downtown venues including Dan’s Silver Leaf, Harvest House, Andy’s Bar, J&J’s Basement and Mulberry Street Cantina.
A new Thin Line film category about which we at the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) are super excited is the Texas Highways-sponsored “True Texas” docs on Saturday afternoon. The CVB helped facilitate the Texas Highways - Thin Line Fest partnership because Texas Highways wants to see what people love about Texas. They’re building a digital, video library of organic Texas experiences, stories, adventures and characters. Content collected during Thin Line will become visual resources to compliment future Texas Highways features. The official travel magazine of Texas gets its content, Thin Line gains new filmmakers, Denton draws new visitors, and one lucky winner in this category will walk away with $5,000. Win-wins all around.
Thursday evening is Denton Main Street Association’s first Twilight Tunes concert of the season on the courthouse lawn from 6:30-8 p.m. with local rockabilly band High School Caesar. Bring a blanket or chair, pack a picnic or grab a bite to go from one of downtown’s restaurants and relax for an evening of live music. Twilight Tunes features different local bands every Thursday evening from now through June.
Also this weekend, on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. is the Denton Redbud Festival at the Denton Civic Center and Quakertown Park. Nothing says spring quite like trees, and this award-winning festival produced by Keep Denton Beautiful has served as Denton’s Official Arbor Day celebration the past 24 years. It’s a fest all about prepping to get your hands dirty the fun way – in the yard. Dozens of vendors offer tree and plant sales, gardening supplies, household items and local/handmade products. Redbud Fest is fun for the family, and like all good Denton events, has its share of live music to enjoy.
Because it’s still spring and we’re nowhere near finished celebrating, Thin Line and Redbud Fests will barely be putting things away for next year as Quakertown Park is a-buzz again. Stages and vendor tents will go right back up. The normal number of trash and recycle receptacles will multiply many times over. Fencing, signs, tables and chairs will be placed. It’s all preparation for our signature Denton Arts & Jazz Fest that will close out April on the final weekend of the month, April 27-29. Some 225,000 people turn out for this gargantuan music festival, especially when that springtime weather works in our favor.
Among the throng will be more than 3,000 entertainers, some 500 vendors, and many, many visitors. Headliners this year are all Grammy Award winners starting with jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker on Friday night, Mexican-American/Tejano band Los Lobos Saturday night, and closing with Denton’s own legendary Brave Combo on Sunday night.
The thing is, spring in Texas is just that: spring in Texas. It’s beautiful, but unpredictable. All of these April events in Denton are mainstays. They know how Texas works, so they’re all rain or shine, definitely-going-to-happen, well-planned and executed. Check their websites (below) for details, schedules and, you guessed it, rain locations where applicable.
Folks, these events are just rounding out April. The season for getting outside is upon us, and there’s much more to come in May and throughout the summer. Visit our discoverdenton.com event calendar for all the Denton events coming up. It’s time to come outside!