Denton Main Street Association

Arts & Autos

Denton Main Street Association Proudly presents the 18th annual Arts & Autos in Downtown Denton on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the square and beyond, 110 W. Hickory Street. Approximately 10,000 attendees check out hot rods, classic and custom cars, trucks and even motorcycles! Around 75+ trophies are given out in car, truck and motorcycle classes.  Plus, cash prizes for Best of Show winner in car, truck and motorcycle class.

Festival-goers enjoy an array of activities throughout the day, including a silent auction inside the courthouse, fine arts/crafts vendors, hands-on arts/crafts and games, Chalk Fest and live music.

All of the parking in downtown Denton is free with the exception of half of the parking lot closest to Wells Fargo, which is parking for vendors only. See map below.

The streets will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. Please move your cars Friday night. Cars left inside the barricades will have to remain there due to insurance policy and public safety requirements.  The streets/areas affected by closure on Sat., 9/8 between 5:30 am and 4:30 pm:

  • Hickory from Cedar to Austin streets
  • Locust from Walnut to Pecan streets
  • Oak from Austin to Bolivar streets
  • Elm from McKinney to Walnut streets
  • Pecan from Locust to Cedar streets
  • Cedar from Hickory to McKinney streets

What is the Chalk Fest?

I Madonnari, Italian for street painting, is a tradition that dates back 400 years! An as we know a sidewalk is just a sidewalk until you have chalk in your hands, then a sidewalk becomes a canvas! Join us in Downtown Denton on September 9th for Chalk Fest, taking place during Arts & Autos, and watch the 200 Block of West Oak Street turn into a masterpiece.  Cash prizes will be given to the winner in each of the 3 age categories!


  • 18 years & up: Entry Fee is $10
    • Prizes: $200 1st place, $75 2nd place, $50 3rd place
  • 12-17 years: Entry Fee is $5
    • Prizes: $100 1st place, $60 2nd place, $30 3rd place
  • 11 years & under: Entry Fee is $5
    • Prizes: $30 1st place, $20 2nd place, $10 3rd place
  • 6 years & under: Entry Fee is FREE
    • Prizes: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners get a free cone at Beth Marie’s, yum!


Please fill out the Chalk Fest Form to register and review guidelines