2018 Festival Guide

Layout | Address & Directions | DART to the Festival | Visual Artists | Musical Artists | Merchandise | Artists in Motion | Pet Policy & Parade | Foods and Beverages | Children at the Festival | Miscellaneous


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Next Year's Dates:

  • Friday April 6 - Sunday April 8, 2018


  • Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm




This is an “adult-oriented” visual and performing arts festival; while supervised young children and teenagers are welcome during the day, there are no specifically planned activities for them.



Festival Layout:

2017 Festival Map


Festival Address & Directions:

Map to Festival Location at 2900-3400 Main Street, Dallas TX 75226


Deep Ellum Arts Festival Parking Map

Getting to the Festival:

Parking is always challenging in Deep Ellum and during the Festival parking can be hard to find and expensive. Best to take Dart light rail which stops one block from the Festival. Official Drop Off locations for taxi, Uber or Lyft are at 3100 Commerce St intersection with Hall St., and 3100 Elm St at Hall St. This location is the center of the Festival.

If you must drive your car to the Festival you will find numerous public and private lots in and around Deep Ellum as well as limited metered spaces on Commerce and Main Street. Parking lot prices varies from $7.00 to $20.00++ and city lots $2-$5 and metered lots (pay by phone app available) $2 per hour.

Follow this link to a detailed Festival Map with Parking Options.


DART to the Festival:

Riding DART is easy! Take the DART Rail Green Line to the Baylor University Medical Center station which is the closest stop to the center of the Festival at Hall and Main Streets, just 2 blocks from the station.

The Deep Ellum Dart Station will drop you off 6 blocks west of the Festival entrance which is at Malcolm X and Main Street.  Fares are available from the GoPass Mobile Ticketing App, at any DART Rail Station from a Ticket Vending Machine or from a bus operator. A $5.00 Local Day Pass is good for round-trip service.


Musical Artists:

Featuring over 150 live performances from all over the metroplex and beyond performing only original music representing a variety of genres on six outdoor concert stages and two indoor performance areas inside the iconic Sons of Hermann Hall.

Follow this link to Performing Artist listings and schedule.


Visual Artists:

Over 200 juried Fine Artists from throughout the nation will be displaying and selling their original works at the Festival. The exquisite collections showcased will include paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics, mixed media, leatherworks, fashion and other unique works of art and fine crafts.

Follow this link to Visual Artist listings by name, booth number and medium for the 2018 Festival.



The Deep Ellum Artists' Village

Situated at the corner of Main and Malcolm X, showcases local music and fine art.

 New for 2018, we are excited to announce the Deep Ellum Artists' Gallery, presented by the Deep Ellum Community Association (DECA). This 1,000 sq ft pavilion features a gallery-style presentation of cutting-edge Dallas artwork. Additionally, a limited number of booth spaces are reserved for 75226 artists, galleries, and artisan-makers. Participating galleries include Kettle Art, WAAS Gallery, FGIII Fine Art Productions, and Ash Studios.     

 The Village is also host to the Deep Ellum Artists' Stage. Over 30 local bands are programmed to play the three-day festival. While area talent is spread liberally across all six stages, this stage requires every single musical act be local to 75226. Here is where you'll find neighborhood music lovers standing at the front of the stage. Here is where you'll hear the music of Deep Ellum.



Artist Underground: 

An interactive creative space featuring Dallas mid-career professional artists as a cohesive collective.  Expect to interact with fine art, live painters, graffiti artists, body painting, installation art, sculpture, dance, performance art, live music and more. Visit us at the East end of the Festival at Main St. and Exposition Ave... south-west from the Lone Star Stage.

Produced by FGIII Fine Art Productions and partnered with Ash Studios and Elevate Dallas


Deep Ellum Artists In Motion:

April 8th, 2018, 2:00 pm 

This year's theme: The Spirit of Deep Ellum

The Deep Ellum Artists In Motion Parade is launching on Sunday, April 8th at 2:00 pm. It starts at The Deep Ellum Artists Village Stage at Malcolm X, making people smile all 6 blocks and back again! Several local Deep Ellum groups, musicians, and creatives from the area will be spreading good vibes and positive energy. All are welcome to join, and we encourage the wearing of fun, colorful costumes! There will be marching music, colorful characters, art in several forms, and of course, plenty of delightful surprises along the way!

This is not a forum for political or cause-related demonstrations and they will not be permitted per the Artist In Motion Guidelines (see link below for more).

Follow this link to the Artists In Motion Guidelines and Registration Form.



Official Festival Posters and various Festival and Deep Ellum souvenir T-Shirts are available at the merchandise booth on Main Street and Malcolm X Blvd near the Deep Ellum Artist's Village. 


Pet Policy and Pet Parade:

Well-trained socialized pets are welcome to the festival all day Sunday, especially during the Pet Parade. We are prepared and staffed for the additional needs of pets on Sunday only and the adjacent Deep Ellum Dog Park will be open. While pets will not be turned away Friday or Saturday we appreciate your cooperation in adhering to these guidelines for everyone’s benefit.

Link to Pet Parade Registration Form.


Food and Beverage Information:

Delicious, festival Cuisine! Festival restaurants and concessionaires will be serving a myriad of culinary delights throughout the festival including American funnel cakes, jumbo corn dogs, BBQ, and Cajun. Latino, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Italian, crepes and specialty desserts along with various health-foods. Beer, wine, and soft beverages will also be available for purchase. In restricted Festival Lounges cocktails can be purchased.

In support of festival vendors and permit regulations, no outside food or beverages may be brought into or consumed on the festival site.


All food and beverage sales transaction are conducted by exchanging coupons, which are purchased from coupon sales booths conveniently located throughout the Festival. (Concessionaires are not permitted to accept cash at any time). Cash or Credit Cards are accepted to purchase coupons and ATM’s are also located near coupon sales booths. Unused coupons are non-refundable and will be considered a contribution in support this annual Festival. Coupons are sold in strips of 9 for $10.00.  Individual coupons are available for $1.15 each at designated coupon booths but with cash only. There is a minimum $10.00 purchase with credit cards. 

Follow this link for 2108 Festival Foods and Beverages.



The Festival will attempt to go on even if it rains (or snows like it did in 2008). Short or light periods of rain will only delay the Festival but the show will stay on schedule. The weather savvy local audience dresses for the weather, ducks into local restaurants and bars, and comes right back out when the weather clears up. We maintain weather monitors at all times and will keep audiences posted if we foresee any severe problems.


Children at the Festival:

The Deep Ellum Entertainment district is an edgy adult oriented area with bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and galleries. This visual and performing arts festival is also adult themed at times. While supervised young children and teenagers are welcome during the day, there are no activities specifically planned for them.


Portable Restrooms:

Outdoor restrooms are located at Walton, Hall and 2nd Streets.


Lost and Found:

If any personal item is lost or found please drop by the Festival Headquarters at Sons of Hermann Hall during festival hours.


Festival Office:

Located in the Historic Landmark
Sons of Hermann Hall (SOHH):
3414 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226

Phone: 214-855-1881 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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