A free, two-and-a-half day event, the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is held in Quakertown Park on the last weekend of April and is now in its 37th year. Denton, Texas is home to this wonderful event which features over 2,300 performers and musicians on multiple stages, together with a number of arts and crafts booths, kid’s activities, food and beverages, and plenty of family-oriented games, all sponsored by the city of Denton in conjunction with the Denton Festival Foundation. The event attracts more than 200,000 people each year from throughout the American Southwest, and highlight local as well as nationally renowned artists.
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Denton Arts and Jazz Festival: Celebrating Spirit Through Music and Art
The result of efforts put forth by the Denton Festival Foundation, the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival works to promote jazz music in the local community. Striving to bring good music and art to the public, the foundation has coordinated the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival as an amalgamation of two great events (formerly the “Spring Fling” art festival and the Denton JazzFest) into one major regional event that attracts crowds from all over the state of Texas as well as neighboring states.
Featuring a number of local and national jazz artists, the event hosts a broad range of musical acts, and since it began, has seen the likes of Susan Tedeschi, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Red & the Redhots, Double Trouble, Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray Band, and so many more. Since its inception, organizers have coordinated a diverse entertainment line-up by offering not only jazz, but also rock, blues, funk, and sometimes choral music. And with the assistance of major sponsors, the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival has remained an event which is free to the public, with a large portion of the proceeds benefitting the University of North Texas Center for the Visual Arts.