Keeping up with Fort Worth's vast art scene gets harder every year. The city's Cultural District is a great place to start, but the area doesn't represent many community gallery spaces like WoCA Projects, Artspace 111, or the hundreds of professional painters and visual artists who live and work here.
Fortunately, once a year the Near Southside District brings together this patchwork of groups for ArtsGoggle, a free, outdoor, public art show that features 300 artists and 80 bands across 75 venues in the Near Southside area. The fun begins October 11 and runs from noon until 10 pm.
If you've never been to this event, then imagine a large multi-block party with crowds of art lovers strolling down Magnolia Avenue and S. Main, live music pouring into the open air from every direction, and endless rows of paintings and other visual art showcasings.
Avoca Coffee, SiNaCa Studios, Magnolia Green, South Main Village, and Park Place Village will be hosting the bulk of live bands that day. See full band line-up below. Some acts, like The Fake Carls, are traveling from as far as New Orleans to bring their bluesy, groove-driven, vein of rock ‘n' roll to Shipping and Receiving at 2pm. There's plenty of local bands represented too, like the always soulful Leon Bridges and the Texas Gentlemen and Lindby.
The artwork isn't limited to painting by any means. Local photographer Brian Hutson will be showcasing his favorite works at Hutson Studio from 6-9pm and Landers Machineshop 12-10pm. A series of short films from Texas' top filmmakers will be shown at noon, 3pm, and 6pm at the Moncrief Cancer Institute. Fort Worth Opera musicians will be taking curtain calls (minus the curtains) from 4:30-6pm in the same building.
Hopefully, you're starting to get the picture. ArtsGoggle is big, real big, and it's growing every year. The goal of the art show isn't to be a one-off arts appreciation event. The musicians, artists, and other performers are creating beautiful artwork the other 364 days of the year, so think of ArtsGoggle as an appetizer of sorts, and keep exploring Fort Worth's rich and growing arts scene throughout the year.