Best Local Outdoor Festival

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MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival

Claim to Fame: Known as the crown jewel of Texas' events, MAIN ST. is ranked as the No.1 arts festival in Texas and the third largest arts festival in the U.S. by the Harris List and the Art Fair SourceBook, two authoritative reference works on the American art-show circuit. The event is hosted by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc.

Where to find us: Main Street in Downtown Fort Worth between the historic Tarrant County Courthouse and the Fort Worth Convention Center.

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Secret of success: The success of the MAIN ST. Fort Worth can largely be attributed to the high quality of its visual and performing artists. Out of the 1,501 artist applicants received from around the world, only 213 were selected by a jury of local, regional and national arts professionals. More than $4 million worth of art was sold during the festival; 300 performers appear on three different stages. In addition the festival incorporated an iPhone app and website, along with traditional print, radio, TV and outdoor marketing to ensure success.

Runner Up: Mayfest

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