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After a COVID Cancellation, The Deep Ellum Arts Festival Returns This Weekend

The annual spring festival returns to Deep Ellum after a year of COVID delays.
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The Deep Ellum Arts Festival is back for its 26th year. The festival last year twice postponed its annual spring event because of an increase in COVID cases. Festival organizers will have an onsite COVID-19 vaccination clinic, public health monitoring protocols, and “Mask Up, Space Out & Have Fun” signage to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the outdoor arts and culture festival. Of course, get vaccinated before gathering with hundreds of your neighbors.

In a press release, the festival’s organizers encourage festival goers to wear a mask (regardless of vaccination status) and to stay at home if they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms. (The organizers did not respond to an interview request.)

The festival is bringing over 100 performers from Dallas-Fort Worth and more than 200 artists. The annual block party and arts festival offers visual arts, exhibitions, installations, murals, paintings, and sculptures.

The festival’s assorted stages—Deep Ellum Brewing Company Stage, The Texas Fantastic Stage, The Michelob Ultra Synergy Stage, The Open Classical-Sings and Strings Stage, Dallas Songwriter, and Dallas Poetry Stage—will host locals like The Dirty Shirts, Remy Riley and Maya Piata,Carley Bearden, Sarah Johnson and this year’s headliner, Tony Williams, a principal member of Kanye West’s Sunday Service choir.

For the first time in the festival’s history, the Open Classical will host “American Stories,”  a tribute performance to honor the 20th anniversary of September 11. Vocalist Haley Sicking, composer Mark Landson, and The Marbrisha Trio (Mark Landson, Brent Buemi, and Misha Berestnev) perform selections from notable American composers to commemorate the day of remembrance.

The 26th annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival will take over the 2900 to 3600 blocks of Main Street from September 10 through 12. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The festival ends at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

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