contact

Mailing address: Denton Festival Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 2104 Denton, TX 76202
Phone: 940-565-0931

Arts & Jazz Festival

Where fun is the thing and jazz is king!

Great music, good food and beautiful art make the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival an event you can’t miss, especially since it’s FREE to the public! Move to the beat at one of 7 stages with jazz, blues and cross-cultural music.  Get in the groove and buy a special piece of art from artists and crafters. There are even activities for children to participate in so the entire family can enjoy the festival.

Treat yourself to delicious offerings at one of the many food courts and don’t miss the games and activities for the young and young at heart.  Get inspired with festival rhythms around every corner. Come and visit the music capital of North Texas. Join in the pride and celebration of our music and arts tradition, all showcased for a weekend of enjoyment for the whole family.

2019 DATES

Fri, April 26th, 3pm – 11pm
Sat, April 27th, 10am – 11pm
Sun, April 28th, 11am – 9pm

Denton’s Quakertown Park, on 32 acres in the heart of downtown, provides the perfect setting for the event. The Denton Festival Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the City of Denton and American Federation of Musicians, the Music Performance Trust Fund, produces the festival with support from individual and corporate sponsorships.

**No Coolers. No Pets. Only service dogs allowed.**

Jazz Stage (sponsored by Wells Fargo & Budweiser)

2:30 pm: Drew Phelp’s No Comment
4 pm: Eric Scortia & Vital Organ
5:30 pm: Brasuka
7 pm: Shelley Carrol
9 pm: Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Courtyard Stage (sponsored by Budweiser)

3:30 pm: Not So Hot Klub
5 pm: Phyrework
7 pm: Texas Blues Crew
9 pm: Puddin Taine

Roving River Stage (sponsored by KNTU FM Radio 88.1)

5:30 pm: Vinyl Stripes
7 pm: Windy City

UNT Showcase Stage (sponsored by the University of North Texas)

3 pm: Addison Jordan Group
4 pm: Chris Van Leeuwen Group
5 pm: Patrick Hill Group
6 pm: Super 400 Electric Guitar Ensemble
7 pm: L-5 Electric Guitar Ensemble
8 pm: Zebras Contemporary Jazz Ensemble
9 pm: Latin Jazz Lab Band

Festival Stage (sponsored by the Denton Record-Chronicle)

4 pm: Bayou A Drink
5 pm: Strickland Middle School Jazz Band
5:30 pm: Crownover Middle School Jazz Band
6 pm: Calhoun Middle School Jazz Band
6:30 pm: Denton Music Workshop
7:30 pm: Bonduris Music School
8:30 pm: Ryan High School Strutters Drill Team
9 pm: Rayne Riverstone & Company
9:30 pm: Little Elmo & the Mambo Kings

Celebration Stage (sponsored by Wells Fargo)

5 pm: Texas Woman’s University Jazz Ensemble
6 pm: Mosaic
7 pm: Lake Dallas Falcon Jazz Ensemble I
8 pm: Double Down Band
9 pm: Cardboard Aviator

Center Stage

5 pm: Sonlight Band
6 pm: Ryan Elementary Wrangler Choir
6:30 pm: Rivera Elementary All-Star Singers
7 pm: Crownover Middle School Fiddle Club
7:45 pm: Evers Elementary Choir

Jazz Stage (sponsored by Wells Fargo & Budweiser)

10 am: Alex Blair Quartet
11:30 am: Memphis Brass Band
1 pm: Eclectic Electric
2:30 pm: UNT Jazz Faculty
4 pm: Freddie Jones
5:30 pm: N’awlins Gumbo Kings w/Dennis Cavalier
7 pm: Joe McBride
9 pm: Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band

Courtyard Stage (sponsored by Budweiser)

10:30 am: Jim Riggs Quartet
12 pm: Taste of Herb
1:30 pm: Mr. Inez
3 pm: Ricki Derek & the Vegas Six
4:30 pm: Southpaw Preachers
6 pm: Poo Live Crew
7:30 pm: Bonnie & Nick Norris
9 pm: Bubba Hernandez

Roving River Stage (sponsored by KNTU FM Radio 88.1)

10 am: Texas Twisters
11 am: Impending Bloom
12 pm: Razzmajazz
1 pm: McLeod Nine
2 pm: Rhythm Tribe
3 pm: Yancey Stevens
4 pm: Eric Bailey
5 pm: Joe Tucker
6:30 pm: Johnny Red & the Roosters
8 pm: The Rhythmators

Denton Civic Center

11 am: Ron Fink Dixieland
12 pm: Thad Bonduris

UNT Showcase Stage (sponsored by the University of North Texas)

10 am: Marion Powers Group
11 am: 355 Electric Guitar Ensemble
12 pm: U-Tubes Jazz Trombone Ensemble

LAB BAND MADNESS:
1 pm: Nine O’Clock Lab Band
2 pm: Eight O’Clock Lab Band
3 pm: Seven O’Clock Lab Band
4 pm: Six O’Clock Lab Band
5 pm: Five O’Clock Lab Band
6 pm: Four O’Clock Lab Band
7 pm: Three O’Clock Lab Band
8 pm: Two O’Clock Lab Band
9 pm: One O’Clock Lab Band

Festival Stage (sponsored by the Denton Record-Chronicle)

9 am: Cholo Rock Dance Collective
9:30 am: Green Space Dance
10:30 am: Ms. Rhonda’s All Stars
11:30 am: Denton High School Fillies
12 pm: Denton High School Dance Department
12:30 pm: Rayzor Elementary Ballet Folklorico
1:15 pm: Alexander Elementary Ballet Folklorico
2 pm: 410 Line Dancers
2:30 pm: Silhouette Dance Company
3:15 pm: Blue Grass Fire Band
4:15 pm: Denton High School Lab Band 3
4:45 pm: Denton High School Lab Band 2
5:15 pm: Denton High School Lab Band 1
5:45 pm: Polly Maynard
6:15 pm: Maxwell Hall Jazz Ensemble
7:15 pm: Leil Nahar Mid-Eastern Dance Troupe
7:45 pm: House of Funk Theatre Company
8:30 pm: Zaara Belly Dance Fusion
9:30 pm: Copper Root

Celebration Stage (sponsored by Wells Fargo)

9:15 am: Frisco High School Jazz Band
10 am: Denton Community Band Jazz Ensemble
11 am: China Spring High School Jazz II
12 pm: China Spring High School Jazz I
1 pm: Gainesville Swing Orchestra
2 pm: Tyler Junior College Jazz Ensemble II
3 pm: Tyler Junior College Jazz Ensemble I
4 pm: UT-Tyler Jazz Ensemble
5 pm: Texas State University Jazz Ensemble
6 pm: Up Swing Jazz Orchestra
7 pm: Texas Sky
8 pm: PS 15o Band
9 pm: Skip and the Bad Hombres
10 pm: Big E & the Funky Town Express

Center Stage

9:30 am: Cross Oaks Voices and Spirit Squad
10:30 am: Nelson Elementary Music Makers
11 am: Wilson Elementary All-Star Choir
11:30 am: Houston Elementary Singers Choir
12 pm: Ginnings Elementary Jaguar Choir
12:30 pm: Blanton Elementary Order of the Ocarina
1 pm: Key of Dreams
2 pm: McMath Middle School Jazz Band
3 pm: Denton Childbloom Guitar Program
4 pm: Tamba Marimba & Austin Marimba
5 pm: Blanton Elementary Squire Choir
5:30 pm: Lee Elementary Alexander Singers
6 pm: Just Friends Jazz Quartet

Jazz Stage (sponsored by Wells Fargo & Budweiser)

10 am: Bobby Falk
11:30 am: Gale and Mario Cruz
1 pm: Chris Borin Quintet
2:30 pm: Stefan Karlsson
4 pm: Fingerprints
5:30 pm: Rachella Parks-Washington
7 pm: Brave Combo

Courtyard Stage (sponsored by Budweiser)

10:30 am: La Pompe
12 pm: First Rush
1:30 pm: Tex Zimmerman
3 pm: Little Jack Melody & the Young Turks
4:30 pm: 2 Tone
6 pm: Feen Boyett
7:30 pm: Roof Raisers

Roving River Stage (sponsored by KNTU FM Radio 88.1)

11 am: Beyond the Pale
12 pm: American Bedouin
1 pm: Tailgate Poets
2 pm: Dr. Jazz
3 pm: Hale Baskin & Colin Campbell
4 pm: Linda Atwell
5 pm: Joe Pat Hennen
6:30 pm: Brian “Beerman” Houser

Denton Civic Center

11 am: Ron Fink Dixieland
12 pm: Thad Bonduris

UNT Showcase Stage (sponsored by the University of North Texas)

11 am: Jack White Group
11:30 am: Kayla Depretto Group
12 pm: Fan Zou Group
12:30 pm: Karina Harenberg Group
1 pm: West End Vocal Jazz Ensemble
2:10 pm: Avenue C Vocal Jazz Ensemble
3 pm: UNT Jazz Singers
4 pm: Jazz String Ensemble
5 pm: Mariachi Aguilas
6 pm: UNT Steel Drum Bands
7 pm: UNT African Percussion Ensemble

Festival Stage (sponsored by the Denton Record-Chronicle)

11 am: Motif Dance Collaborative
11:30 am: Ryan High School Cluster Jazz Bands
12:30 am: Denton Public Library/Music Mania Story Time
1 pm: A Time to Dance Studio
2 pm: Isis & the Star Dancers
3 pm: The Dojo in Denton TX
4 pm: Denton Celtic Dancers
4:30 pm: Cat House Band
5:30 pm: The Desert Diamonds
5:45 pm: U-Jam Fitness
6:30 pm: Ellen and Dean
7:30 pm: Fiddle Rascals
8:30 pm: Bone Doggie’s Denton Music Collective

Celebration Stage (sponsored by Wells Fargo)

10 am: Plano New Horizons Band
11 am: Brookhaven College Jazz Big Band
12 pm: Celebration Jazz Orchestra
1 pm: Crosswinds Jazz Band
2 pm: Immigrant Punk
3 pm: April First Band
4 pm: First Baptist Denton
5 pm: Loose Thread
6 pm: Braswell High School Jazz Ensemble
7 pm: The Denton Tarantinos
8 pm: Kelbe Schrank

Center Stage

11 am: Denton State Supporting Living Center
12 pm: Ivory & Brass Duo
1 pm: Young at Heart Jazz & Swing Band
2 pm: Denton Bell Band
3 pm: Denton New Horizons Band
4 pm: Greater Dallas Youth Jazz Group
5 pm: Toni Garsh
6 pm: God’s Love
7 pm: Tarrant County College SE Jazz Ensemble

Want to get in that jazz mood just a little bit early? This year, in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Dallas / Fort Worth, we’ll be screening the critical favorite La La Land!

Description from IMDb.com: “While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.” The film won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actress (Emma Stone) and the Academy Award for Best Song (“City of Stars”).

La La Land is rated PG-13 for language.

Bring your blankets and come enjoy a night under the stars with us! We will have FREE popcorn from Alamo Drafthouse and sodas and soft drinks will also be available.

Know before you go! See the above map for spots to park before you make your way to Denton for the Arts & Jazz Festival. All of the lots in blue are FREE PUBLIC PARKING.

See a breakdown of all of the spots to park and how to do it at Denton Main Street Association’s website.

Looking to avoid parking and traffic to the 2019 Denton Arts & Jazz Festival? The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) has you covered with free shuttle service during the festival from Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28. The agency has partnered with the festival to provide alternative mobility options and help alleviate parking frustrations for event attendees.

In addition to free event shuttle service, DCTA will operate regular A-train and Connect Bus service during the festival (no Sunday service). As a reminder, parking is free at all DCTA A-train stations.

SHUTTLE DETAILS AND HOW TO RIDE

Anyone can ride DCTA’s free shuttle service that will pick up passengers from the MedPark station and Texas Health Presbyterian Denton and drop them off at Quakertown Park (festival location). The shuttle will run every 30 minutes. Below are key dates and times of DCTA’s free shuttle service:

  • Friday, April 26 – shuttle service begins at Medpark Station ONLY at 2:32 p.m. and the last shuttle from the festival to MedPark Station departs at midnight.
  • Saturday, April 27 – shuttle service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Medpark station and Texas Health Presbyterian Denton and the last shuttle from the festival to both shuttle locations departs at midnight.
  • Sunday, April 28 – shuttle service begins at 10:30 a.m. at Medpark station and Texas Health Presbyterian Denton and the last shuttle from the festival to both shuttle locations departs at 10:30 p.m.

If you’re taking the A-train to connect to DCTA’s free shuttle service, please plan your trip in advance to ensure you don’t miss your train. DCTA’s A-train schedule is available at RideDCTA.net. (Note: due to DCTA’s Positive Train Control testing, the final A-train on Friday will not operate. The final train to depart MedPark southbound will be at 9:25 p.m.)

TRIP PLANNING TIPS

Getting to the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival using public transportation is convenient and easy. Check out the travel information below to see which public transportation and fare options you can take to get to the festival:

Denton County Resident

If you live in Denton County and want to take the A-train and free shuttle service to get to the festival, you can purchase a $3 local day pass and ride the A-train to MedPark station to get to the festival. If you’re a Denton resident, you can ride Denton Connect Routes 5 and 6 to get to the festival or take advantage of the Texas Health Presbyterian Denton Park and Ride shuttle location.

Non-Denton County Resident

If you live outside of Denton County, you can visit the Denton Arts & Jazz festival transportation site for more details on how to ride the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) or Trinity Metro to connect to our system to get to the festival. In addition, you will need to purchase a $12 regional day pass to use all regional public transportation systems.

Close