Concerts, crafts shows, fests and festivals of light are where Denton arts and artists come to life.

And contrary to popular to belief, a hefty price tag is not a requisite for a great show. Here are all of the upcoming events and festivals that you can enjoy at a budget-friendly price.

Arts & Autos (Saturday, September 8)

Sometimes being cool really is an art form. The annual Arts & Autos fest is a two-tiered celebration of cool cars and cool creators. Hot rods, classic autos, motorcycles and trucks and unique art vendors all line the downtown streets to show us how craftsmanship takes many different forms. Don’t forget to wander down by A Creative Art STUDIO for glances at the beautiful chalk art during ChalkFest!
Downtown Square: 110 W Hickory St

Denton Blues Fest (September 15 and September 16)

The Denton Black Chamber of Commerce puts on a beautiful blues fest at Quakertown Park each fall. Arts, crafts, food and the blues are all available in droves, as musicians from across DFW and beyond descend upon Denton for a weekend of family friendly fun. This year’s Blues Fest headliners include Big Bill Morganfield, Carolyn Wonderland, Muddy Water’s Review, Selwyn Birchwood and Zach Harmon.
Quakertown Park: 321 E McKinney St

Peterbilt Pride and Class Truck Parade (October 12)

Can’t get enough cars after Arts & Autos? Don’t fret: over 50 custom Peterbilt trucks will line the Square next month in a celebration of pretty Peterbilts and tricked-out trucks.
Downtown Square: 111 W Hickory St

Geezerpalooza (Oct. 20, 1-8 pm on Industrial Street)

The classics are the classics for a reason. This fest pays homage to the timeless tunes of the 60s and 70s in an all-day extravaganza on Industrial Street. Best of all: your admission to this truly awesome tribute is completely free.
Industrial Street: 103 Industrial St

Holiday Open House (Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th)

Shopping can be fun, but last-minute shopping is anything but. You want plenty of time to explore your options and enjoy your friends and family this holiday season — without breaking the bank in the process. Denton Main Street Association’s Holiday Open House helps you do just that by providing stress-free shopping options galore all across downtown before Thanksgiving even arrives. Over three dozen shops and restaurants will offer special deals over the span of this early November weekend, giving you plenty of time to find the perfect budget-friendly gifts for your loved ones and spots to quench the hunger and thirst that vigorious shopping inspires.
Downtown Square: 111 W Hickory St

Holiday Lighting Festival (Friday, November 30)

Sometimes the best things in life really are free. That’s the case with the annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival, a family-friendly Christmas celebration that lights up your whole holiday season. Enjoy strolling the Square from 5:30 to 9:30, grab a bite to eat and watch as we light up downtown with a bevy of beautiful lights and musical performances.
Downtown Square: 110 W Hickory St

Wassail Weekend (Friday, November 30-Saturday, December 1)

Wassail Weekend kicks off as soon as the lights go on. Wassail (which is a hot mulled cider that can be served either alcoholic or non-alcoholic) is the perfect way to start your holiday, and many downtown vendors will provide cups of their own creations. Enjoy this hot and delicious cider while cavorting around downtown with your friends, belting out Christmas carols and not worrying one bit about those sideways glances you’re bound to receive. That’s my plan, at least! Should you miss some spots on Friday night, many spots will have their brand of wassail available on Saturday, which is a perfect time to do some holiday shopping and get in the spirit of the season.
Downtown Square: 110 W Hickory St

North Texas Tuba Christmas (Saturday, December 22)

Tuba fans rejoice: the infinitely talented musicians at UNT are back with their annual Tuba Christmas special — an impromptu tuba-thon on the library lawn. Admission is free, so you can enjoy Christmas classics played by some of the most talented folks in town without dropping a dime.
UNT Library Mall: 1308 W Highland St

 

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