The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival turns 32 –

Celebrating the arts since 1990, the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival continues to grow and attract attendees from across the country.

The Spring Fling arts festival and JazzFest were merged 32 years ago to create the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. The festival showcases the visual and performing arts and the event showcases DFW’s famous jazz scene. Proceeds from the event are donated to permanent art installations, preservation projects and public art, depending on their website.

Founded on the belief that all art forms should be made freely available to the general public, the event remains Denton’s flagship event and a popular festival throughout North Texas.

“I liked that there was live music as I walked from booth to booth,” TWU freshman Jacob said Wednesday. “My grandparents from New Orleans came and they really enjoyed the music too.”

The festival also coincided with TWU’s Family Weekend, where students and their families enjoyed food, gaming lounge, sporting events, a ghost tour, and other campus events. .

“I loved seeing the creativity in each booth,” Jacob said. “My favorite part was the stand with handmade earrings. There were so many creatives.

Freshman Bella Campbell agreed, saying she appreciates the diversity of people and music. The clothes in all the stalls were beautiful and there were all kinds of different clothes, she said.

The festival held many art booths with photography, woodwork, glass sculptures, paintings, jewelry and more. Regular vendors such as the Tie Die Guy and the Women’s Club were present.

“The music was phenomenal and the dances were very entertaining,” Campbell said.

The festival has also hosted such successful bands as the University of North Texas’ One O’Clock Lab Band and Brave Combo. Brave Combo, a Denton-based quintet is the epitome of Denton Arts and Jazz Fest, having played every year since the festival began in 1990. Other headliners were the Dave Holland Trio with Kevin Eubanks and Eric Harland and the Original Blues Brothers Band.

The festival featured local performing arts programs such as Ryan High School’s Strutters Exercise Team, Denton High School’s Jazz Program, and the GSO Band/Gainesville Swing Orchestra.

“There’s definitely something for everyone, and for those who couldn’t make it this year, I suggest trying to go next year,” Campbell said. “It’s an amazing experience.”

Maddie LaRosa Ray can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Willie J. Johnson