Updates on what’s new for #MainSt2022, street closures, public transportation options, and parking/travel tips to Fort Worth’s largest arts and music festival
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 4, 2022) – Back after a two-year hiatus, the 2022 MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.), presented by PNC Bank, is back for its 35th year on April 7-10, where tens of thousands are expected in Downtown Fort Worth to enjoy art, music, food, and culture.
Throughout the four-day event, over 200 juried artists will sell an estimated $4 million worth of art, nearly 100 musical acts will perform on four stages, and dozens of restaurants and food vendors will serve up local cuisine. With MAIN ST. crowds growing larger every year, here’s a rundown of what’s new for #MainSt2022 and other important tips to “know before you go,” including public transportation options, street closures, parking options, volunteer opportunities, and more.
WHAT’S NEW FOR #MAINST2022
- TCC Makers Zone – Adventures for families will come to life at MAIN ST.’s revamped “TCC Makers Zone.” Located at the north end of Main Street across from the Tarrant County Courthouse, children of all ages will have the opportunity to embrace their creative side with a focus on invention, innovation, technology, creativity, and curiosity. Families can expect invention stations, sand art, caricatures, face painting and state-of-the-art technology displays from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, The Welman Project, and Fort Worth ISD.
- Credit Cards Only – Also new for 2022 is the elimination of coupons. Credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay will be accepted at all food, beverage, and merchandise locations. As in previous years, both cash and credit cards can be used for artwork purchases.
- Wine Pavilion – Hosted by City Center Fort Worth and presented by Chloe Wine Collection, the Wine Pavilion, located at 2nd and Main Streets, will offer curated selections of Chloe and Imagery wines, available to purchase by the glass, bottle, or sample throughout event hours.
- Free Water Stations – To help support and raise awareness for water conservation, Frost Bank is sponsoring free water stations that will be set up throughout the festival. Festivalgoers can bring their own water bottles or buy a commemorative, 28-oz aluminum bottle to refill throughout the day and take home as a souvenir.
- Free vision screenings – On Friday, April 8, the Alcon Foundation will conduct free eye vision screening sessions at the Alcon Foundation tent located at 5th and Main Streets.
- Free health screenings – On Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, Baylor Scott & White will conduct free health screenings, including blood pressure, glucose, cardiovascular risk assessments, stroke risk assessments, and more, at its interactive tent located at 5th and Main Streets.
- 2022 Commemorative Poster — Designed by Fort Worth-native exhibiting artist Gregory Story, the MAIN ST. 2022 Commemorative Poster can be purchased at the online festival store for $20, or at the on-site merchandise booth located at 5th and Main Streets.
- Three new stages – In addition to the UTA Main Stage at 9th and Main Streets, #MainSt2022 features three brand-new stages, including:
- The Hear Fort Worth Stage, presented by Pinnacle Bank, located at Main and 7th Streets, where Fort Worth’s most popular singer-songwriters and aspiring musicians – such as Van Darien, Matthew McNeal, Panther City Riots, Armond Vance, and Olemano – will perform live concerts during all four days of the festival
- The Courthouse Stage, located at Weatherford and Main Streets, which will host 12 performances of multimedia troupe Squonk Opera’s acclaimed “Hand to Hand” show, praised by The New York Times as “ingenious, hallucinatory, and hypnotic”
- The 1st Street Stage, located at 1st and Main Streets, featuring live performances from South African Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist Jonathan Butler, soulful Southern singer/songwriter Tanner Usrey, and Grammy Award-winning quintet Brave Combo
With hundreds of street closures, all MAIN ST. attendees are encouraged to take public transportation to get to and from #MainSt2022.
- Molly The Trolley – Trinity Metro will operate its Molly the Trolley shuttle from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. all four days of the festival, transporting MAIN ST. attendees from one end of the festival to the other free-of-charge with ease. For more info, visit https://ridetrinitymetro.org/rider-services/molly-the-trolley/
- TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) – Both TEXRail and the TRE commuter rail lines will operate all four days of the festival, including a special TRE Sunday train, dropping off and picking up passengers at Fort Worth Central Station. Dubbed as the “Welcome Center for MAIN ST.,” Fort Worth Central Station is located only two blocks from the festival at 9th and Jones Street. Day passes start at just $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth. For more info, visit https://trinityrailwayexpress.org/alert/special-event-schedule/.
- Trinity Metro – Bus routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12, 15, 46, 89 and The Dash will operate normal service schedules to and from Fort Worth Central Station. Round-trip fares cost $4 for adults and $2 for youth. For more info, visit https://ridetrinitymetro.org/routes-schedules/.
- Fort Worth B-Cycle – North Texas’ first bike sharing system, Fort Worth B-Cycle, has 14 bike-sharing stations within walking distance to the festival. Rates start at $8. For more info, visit https://fortworthbikesharing.com/.
- Rideshare – Houston, Commerce and Throckmorton Streets provide the best opportunities for rideshare drop-off and pick-up during MAIN ST.
Various streets throughout Downtown will be closed throughout the week to accommodate set-up and operations, including:
- Monday, April 4, at 6 a.m. through Monday, April 11, at 6 a.m.: Main, 1st, 2nd, 9th and a portion of Houston Street between 9th and 11th Streets
- Tuesday, April 5 through Monday, April 11: 3rd, 4th, and 5th Streets
- Wednesday, April 6 through Monday, April 11: 8th Street
- Friday, April 8, at 6 p.m. through Monday, April 11: 6th and 7th Streets
For a list of all street closures, visit www.mainstreetartsfest.org/festival-guide/street-closures/. NOTE: Hotels throughout Downtown, as well as many restaurants, may be relocating their guest check-in and valet parking stands due to street closures.
For those planning to drive to MAIN ST. and park downtown, there are several free parking options available, including:
- City Center Garage #2 – 400 Jones Street
- The Tower Garage – 400 Taylor Street
- 777 Main Parking Garage – 601 Commerce Street
- Sundance Square Garage #3 – 345 W. 3rd Street
- Resident Lot at City Hall – 200 Texas Street
- Downtown parking meters — Free after 6 p.m. on Thursday & Friday; Free all day on Saturday & Sunday
For a list of all free and paid parking options in Downtown Fort Worth, visit https://www.fortworthparking.com/downtown.
MAIN ST. is still in-need of volunteers to help with festival operations, hospitality, merchandise sales, and more. Volunteers receive perks including free t-shirts, food and beverages, merchandise discounts, and more. To volunteer, email [email protected]dfwi.org.
2022 HOURS / HASHTAG / SOCIALS
MAIN ST. is produced annually by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., and is free and open to the public. The official hashtag for 2022 is #MainSt2022. Festival dates and hours for 2022 are:
- Thursday, April 7: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Friday, April 8: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Saturday, April 9: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sunday, April 10: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit/follow MAIN ST. online at:
ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY PNC BANK
The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is celebrating its 35th year in 2022 on April 7-10. Ranked as the #3 fine arts event in the U.S., the always-free-to-attend MAIN ST. will feature 212 jury-selected visual artists, live music on four stages, authentic local cuisine, a revamped family-friendly “Makers Zone,” craft beer pavilions, wine tastings, and more across 18 square blocks throughout downtown. In addition to presenting sponsor PNC Bank, official sponsors include Michelob Ultra, Tarrant County College, and The University of Texas at Arlington. Media sponsors are 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM), and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting sponsors are Alcon Foundation, Baylor Scott & White Health, Chloe Wine Collection, City Center Fort Worth, Frost, Music Performance Trust Fund, Pinnacle Bank, Trinity Metro, and Visit Fort Worth. Hotel sponsors are Aloft Fort Worth Downtown, The Ashton Hotel, The Sinclair Hotel, the Harper Kimpton Hotel, the AC Hotel and the Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone. For more information, visit www.mainstreetartsfest.org.
ABOUT PNC BANK
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.
ABOUT DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH INITIATIVES, INC.
Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational, and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, affordable residential development, park improvements, and management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. produces the annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the GM Financial Parade of Lights, which have an economic impact of more than $28 million annually and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org
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