kjhkIf you’re looking for something artistic, entertaining and off the beaten path to do during your stay in Fort Worth, then make your way over to Arts Fifth Avenue.

Arts Fifth Avenue is a neighborhood visual and performing arts center that offers everything from painting classes, to yoga, to tap dance lessons. The center also hosts musical events, film screenings, theatrical productions and dance revues. The walls of the center are lined with work from local artists and photographers (all for sale) which adds to the eclectic ambiance. Arts Fifth Avenue is located in the Near Southside district and walking distance to plenty of unique restaurants, bars and coffee shops

This past weekend, Arts Fifth Avenue held their 9th Annual Django Reinhardt Festival; a tribute to the famed Gypsy Jazz King. My mother is a huge jazz fan, so I surprised her with tickets to the festival. The evening started with a documentary about the life of Django and was followed by local jazz musicians, Gypsy Moon and a group from Austin called The Stray Gypsies. Nibbles and drinks were included in the price of the ticket, so it was a very affordable night of entertainment. From chatting with some of the other attendees, we learned that people from all over North Texas and even as far away as New Orleans, came to Fort Worth for the festival.

Whether you take a class or attend a performance, spend some time at Arts Fifth Avenue and you're sure to experience some of the homegrown arts and entertainment unique to the "City of Cowboys and Culture." For more information about the Performing Arts in Fort Worth, Click Here