Main St. Arts Festival provides something for everyone

By Jake Foote

People sprawled up and down Main Street this weekend to enjoy the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival.
For 30 years, the Main St. Arts Festival has provided the people of Fort Worth with an opportunity to experience a one-mile stretch of art, food and music.
This year, the festival hosted 215 artists who specialized in a variety of different art forms, including sculpture, painting, photography, woodcarving, glasswork, jewelry, fiber and multimedia.
All different types of artistic expression were on display, ranging from Rube Goldberg machines to comic book cover representations of famous American historical figures.
Most of the art on display was for sale, and art collectors could take this opportunity to find new pieces to add to their collection or discover a new favorite artist.
Music also played a large role in this year’s festival. Headliners such as Tito Puente, Jr. and Green River Ordinance performed in Sundance Square and provided patrons with ambient sound.
Paired with the beautiful weather, the music created a relaxing scene where festival-goers could sit down, relax and enjoy the wide variety of food and drink options that the festival had to offer.
Both were available to patrons through the purchase of festival coupons, which cost $1 each.
Coupons could also be used to participate in different arts and crafts activities in Main Street Creates. Geared toward children, this area of the festival provided the opportunity for kids to have fun with balloon animals, sand art, face painting and a rock wall.
Near Main Street Creates, street performers stole the show as hordes of people crowded around to watch “The Unicycle of Death” and other exciting performances.
The Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival has been “The Art and Soul of Texas” for the past 30 years, and this weekend, it gave the people of Fort Worth a chance to experience art and culture in a variety of ways.