Arts Goggle festival Oct. 8 in Fort Worth


Saturday, October 8
| Noon to 10pm
 Join us as we celebrate the 14th anniversary of ArtsGoggle, 
the Near Southside’s most beloved community arts event.
This fall, Fort Worth’s Near Southside will transform its streets, sidewalks and businesses into a one-day art experience like no other.  Celebrating it’s 14th year, ArtsGoggle is a popular festival of local arts in Fort Worth’s Near Southside, an eclectic neighborhood of historic elegance and urbanism. 
ArtsGoggle is free to the public, with no wristbands, tickets, admission costs.  Unlike many popular for-profit events in Fort Worth, ArtsGoggle is produced by a not-for-profit community organization and thus has no need to produce revenue.  Instead, the event is exclusively focused on creating an environment to appreciate and celebrate the arts.  All funds raised for the event will be dedicated to producing a memorable and successful experience for artists, venues and patrons of all ages.

Park Place Village’s Gallery at Goggle features fine art and gallery-quality artists inside each of the participating businesses in Park Place Village.  Participating businesses range from a windows and doors retailer to restaurants, a co-working space to a music school.  In support of the Fort Worth arts community, these businesses clear their walls, rearrange furniture, and transform their traditional work environments into a gallery space dedicated to displaying the work of ArtsGoggle artists.  Venues receive no compensation for hosting artists; in fact, the Park Place Village businesses go to great expense to become a venue, with many opening during off-hours and making adjustments to their spaces to accommodate artists.  This unique partnership between business and artist is a distinctive feature of ArtsGoggle, and furthers the conversation about the importance of art in our everyday environments.  GALLERY at GOGGLE will also include an outdoor street festival for artists and stage with live music and performance art throughout the festival.


Magnolia Village Takes it to the Street In addition to Gallery at Goggle, ArtsGoggle hosts an outdoor street party spreading more than 14 blocks across the Magnolia Village. The street festival closes Magnolia Avenue to car traffic from 8th Avenue to Hemphill Street and fills the street with more than 500 visual artists showcasing their works and 4 stages with music and performance art of all varieties.

Music on Magnolia will be cranking out tunes from local favorites

  • The Rahr & Son’s Brewing Company Stage at 8th Avenue will feature cow punk rockersHoly Moly, pop masters The Hendersons, Fort Worth Weekly’s 2016 Best Live Band Animal Spirit, the genuinely addictive sounds of  VVOES, and Dallas indie legends The Deathray Davies.
  • Tarrant County College stage at Avoca Coffee will feature musicians from of the Fort Worth Symphony and the best of Fort Worth’s singer songwriters including Kevin Aldridge,Jacob Furr, Christa Russell, Luke McGlathery, Darrin Kobetich,Alex Rhea, and Wayne Floyd. An acoustic performance from headliner Joe Gorgeous at 9:00pm closes the show.
  • The FWADA & Chimera Brewing Stage at SiNaCa Studios will offer an eclectic mix of world music and funky favorites including pop violinist Zuriek Merek, the billowing sounds of bagpipes from Scottish Pipe and Drums, Americana band The Phantom Sensation, rhythm rockers Trái Bơ, and an epic ending with an alt-country throw down from Vandoliers.
  • The Chat Room stage brings the rock with an all-star line up to include folk favorites Telegraph CanyonWar PartyGollay, Un Chien, Mills & Co. and The Unlikely Candidates.

Performances on Park Place 

Music Junkie Studios Stage is throwing down the gauntlet with a stellar line up of reggae, blues, jazz and funk-rock performances.  Not to miss moments include silt walkers from Amphibian Stage productions throughout the day, the UNT Jazz Trio at 4:00pm, and Bandaoke, karaoke with a live full band to back you, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.


Art Tooth: Public Printing Project Art Tooth is a newly established hybrid art gallery representing emerging and mid-career contemporary regional artists.  Staying true to their “pop up gallery” concept, Art Tooth will offer ArtsGoggle patrons an opportunity to “cut their teeth” on building an art collection in a one-day ArtsGoggle installation called Public Printing Project.  An outdoor gallery will host 10 large-scale works by celebrated local artists.  The pieces are each valued at $1,000-$5,000 dollars.  Each artwork will have 100 limited edition signed prints available for purchase, prices ranging $10-$50, during ArtsGoggle.  After all prints are sold, one lucky print-purchaser will be randomly selected for each piece as the winner of the original artwork.

ArtsGoggle is presented by Near Southside, Inc., the non-profit redevelopment organization working to revitalize this important urban neighborhood, in partnership with our sister organization Historic Southside, Inc.  The event has regularly drawn crowds of 7,000-10,000 and in 2015 experienced incredible growth with a crowd estimated at 30,000 attendees filling the streets with visitors of all ages.  The scene is a wonderfully pleasant testament to the community spirit that fills the Near Southside.
ArtsGoggle is an expansion of Near Southside Inc.’s efforts to promote the Near Southside and build the community fabric essential to our continued development.  Since our founding in 1995, NSI has led development and promotional initiatives that have successfully transformed the Near Southside into one of the region’s most distinctive and vibrant urban districts.  Signs of NSI’s 20-year revitalization effort are evident throughout the district, perhaps most apparent along Magnolia Avenue, S. Main Street and Park Place Avenue, home to the city’s most eclectic selection of locally-owned restaurants and pubs.
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