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Celebrating 19 Years as the Near Southside’s Premier Arts Event





WE ARE WORKING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THIS YEAR'S EVENT, INCLUDING WHEN, HOW, AND WHERE TO REGISTER AS AN ARTIST, FOOD VENDOR, MUSICIAN OR SPONSOR. Please check back regularly for details or subscribe to our Near Southside Newsletter to be made aware of event details as they become available. 


Sponsorship opportunities are now available and we are eager to speak with you abut becoming a partner in Fort Worth's most excited festival of local artists.  Please contact to discuss.


ArtsGoggle is Fort Worth's premier festival of local arts. This free to the public, family-friendly event annually hosts more than 1,000 visual artists, 50 musical performances, artistic displays of every kind, food, drink, and fun for everyone. Unlike any event in Fort Worth, it exclusively focuses on highlighting the work of local artists, musicians, and performers of all mediums and experience levels. ArtsGoggle attracts a crowd of 60,000+ patrons that are as diverse as the Near Southside neighborhood where the event is hosted. Visitors are invited to park their cars and rediscover this revitalized urban neighborhood by foot or by bicycle, including Fort Worth Bike Sharing bikes.

 ArtsGoggle started 18 years ago as the Near Southside's own indoor gallery night designed to showcase the district’s revitalization efforts underway via newly-established business hosting one-day open houses in partnership with local artists. The event remained almost exclusively indoors for the first decade before spilling out onto the street. Today, visitors are invited to stroll artist’s booths on Magnolia Avenue that stretch more than a mile in length and adjacent businesses, new and old, tout ArtsGoggle as their best day of sales each year.

ArtsGoggle prides itself in providing a casual, approachable and vibrant environment to appreciate art and learn about the talents within our own community. For almost two decades, this non-juried art festival has been the launch pad for many artists showing their work for the first time. ArtsGoggle provides a supportive setting for both aspiring and professional artists with new collections to display, sell and seek comment on their artwork. 

Accompanying the visual artists, the entertainment at ArtsGoggle heavily features local musiciansand offers performances from a variety of cultures and styles. In addition, the event partners with arts organizations across Fort Worth to draw attention to their programs. In years past, ArtsGoggle has hosted the Fort Worth Opera for pop-up concerts; showcased Ballet Folklorico de Azteca for a colorful dance performance; and presented a stellar headliner performance from indie rocker Sarah Jaffe.

In 2018, in tribute to ArtsGoggle's unique indoor start, the event expanded to South Main Village where businesses opened their doors in an all-day open house to show off the work of a wide array of local artists. With the event footprint now stretch more than two miles, a trolley was available to take visitors between Magnolia Avenue and South Main Village, stopping along the way at designated parking areas and indoor art experiences.

Gallery at Goggle will return in 2020 to include more showcases of fine art, music, experiential art, and unique programming inside each of the South Main Village participating businesses ranging from breweries, bars and bakeries to creative firms, historic preservation projects and theaters. 



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.



Historic Southside, Inc., managed by Near Southside, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Sponsorship contributions made to Historic Southside, Inc. are deductible as charitable donations. W-9 forms will be provided at your request.

Near Southside, Inc. is a private, member-funded, non-profit 501(c)(4) development company dedicated to the revitalization of Fort Worth’s Near Southside. NSI began as a small coalition of Near Southside businesses and community leaders and has grown dramatically over the last two decades. We invite you to join us as we promote the redevelopment of Fort Worth’s Near Southside as a vibrant, urban, mixed-use neighborhood.



NSI is seeking a title sponsor, three stage sponsors, programming sponsors, 20 block sponsors, and a trolley sponsor for the 2020 ArtsGoggle event.  The event provides a unique opportunity for company to promote its brand to tens of thousands of attendees while also supporting a tremendously popular community event that has become a treasured component of life in the Near Southside. Sponsorship contributions made to Historic Southside, Inc. are deductible as charitable donations. Contact to discuss sponsorship opportunities.




Magnolia Avenue from 8thAvenue to S. Main Street, 20 blocks, one mile stretch.

South Main Village, inside over 30 participating venues hosting art, music and activities.


COST Free to the public


ATTENDANCE An estimated attendance of 60,000+ attendees during the 10-hour event.



All sponsors will receive a first right of refusal for 2022 ArtsGoggle sponsorships.



Megan Henderson

Director of Events & Communications

Near Southside, Inc.

1606 Mistletoe Blvd. Fort Worth, Texas 76104