About Arts & Autos

Denton Main Street Association Proudly Presents the 18th annual Arts & Autos!  Come on down to Downtown Denton on Saturday, September 9th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the square and beyond, 110 W. Hickory Street.  You will be able to check out hot rods, classic and custom cars, trucks and even motorcycles! Help our special judges award trophies to select car, truck and motorcycle classes.  Plus, we have Cash prizes for Best of Show winner in car, truck and motorcycle class. 

Festival-goers enjoy an array of activities throughout the day, including a silent auction inside the courthouse, fine arts/crafts vendors, hands-on arts/crafts and games, Chalk Fest and live music. 

This year the Chalk Fest will bring some fantastic chalk drawings to add spark and life to the sidewalks downtown. Artists of all ages can contribute to a fantastic display to stroll through during the event and for days after the fun.  Look for artist entry info below! 

Live music starts at 10 am with Gumbo Brothers playing Zydeco Boogie, followed by The Silvertones playing some Texas Blues band at 11:15 am, and The Lowdown playing Soul/Rock/Funk favorites at 1 pm.   Come listen and look while enjoying festival foods and the great dining at many downtown dining establishments.  

Do you have an awesome vehicle that you would like to show off?  Register by clicking on the link below, and hurry as there are a limited number of spaces available!

The Arts & Autos Extravaganza is presented by the Denton Main Street Association and is made possible due to sponsorships from Denton Record-Chronicle, First United Bank, GSATi, Swash Labs, and LSA Burger Company, along with support from Ann & Bill Ennis, First State Bank, Applejacks Liquors, Atomic Candy, Barley & Board, Brannon Auto Group, Cartwright’s Ranch House, Denton Convention & Visitor Bureau, MaidPro Denton, Paschall Bar, The Park on Oak, Repos Garage, and City of Denton.

Vehicle Registration below. Scroll past video for Chalk Fest and Sponsor and Vendor forms. 

Vehicle Registration

PRE-REGISTRATION ENDS THURSDAY, 9/7/2017. EARLY REGISTRATION IN ENCOURAGED. Vehicles may register the day of the show by coming up the barricade entry between 7:15 am and no later than 9 am at 101 S Locust, corner of Locust and Walnut streets. Day of registration entry is $30.

For ONLINE VEHICLE REGISTRATION CLICK HERE. You may download a form below, print it and have it filled out prior to arrival. After 9 am vehicles are not permitted to park on the square. Thank you for your cooperation.

Pre-Registration for the car show ends 9/7/2017.(see below for entry form link).  Registration the day of begins at 7:15 a.m. on Locust Street/Walnut street next to Wells Fargo Bank buidling.

If registering day of the show, arrive early and register before 8:45 a.m. at the barricade at Walnut and S. Locust streets. You will need to pull in and get out to register before parking. 

Pre-registered cars need to arrive and come through left lane of Locust Street starting NO Earlier than 7:15 a.m. and in before 9 a.m. and have your pass ready to show in order to go park. Check-in for entry # and goody bag will be on the lawn.

Instructions and guidelines for the car show registrants click here.

CHALK FEST entry form and info is below the video (scroll down) and pre-registration is encouraged.

EVENT TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE.. Please watch this website or social media for any major changes in the event of severe weather. 

Arts & Autos Recap Video from 2013

Thank you to Presenting Plus  and Presenting Sponsors



I Madonnari, Italian for street painting, is a tradition that dates back 400 years! An as we know a sidewalk is just a sidewalk until you have chalk in your hands, then a sidewalk becomes a canvas! Join us in Downtown Denton on September 9th for Chalk Fest, taking place during Arts & Autos, and watch the 200 Block of West Oak Street turn into a masterpiece.  Cash prizes will be given to the winner in each of the 3 age categories!


  • 18 - Years & Up: Entry Fee is $10.
    • Prizes: $125 First Place, $75 Second Place, $50 Third Place
  • 12 - 17 Years: Entry Fee is $5.
    • Prizes: $100 First Place, $60 Second Place, $30 Third Place
  • 11 Years & Under: Entry Fee is $5 
    • Prizes: $30 First Place, $20 Second Place, $10 Third Place
  • 6 Years & Under: Entry is FREE
    • Prizes: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners get a free cone at Beth Marie's

Registration Process

To register simply download the 2017 Arts & Autos Chalk-Fest registration form below, complete and return with your entry fee to Denton MSA, P.O. Box 2017, Denton, TX 76201 and must be mailed by 09/01/17 to ensure that you meet the registration deadline.  Or you can simply drop forms off with your entry fee at A Creative Art Studio at 227 W. Oak St. OR the Discover Denton Welcome Center, 111 W. Hickory Street/Attn: Denton MSA.  Forms dropped off must be received by 09/08/17.  Please DO NOT MAIL forms PAST 9/1/17 to ensure they are received in time.

Past Chalk-fest Entries

Downtown Parking

Event Sponsorship & Vendor Information

Interested in sponsoring the Denton Main Street Arts & Autos Extravaganza?  We have sponsorship levels starting at a Supporting level sponsorship of $50. However for more exposure, a Specialty, Feature, Presenting and Presenting Plus level sponsorship might be the right answer for your business. Levels vary and offer exposure of your business name listing and/or logo on some marketing material and promotional aspects of the Arts and Autos Extravaganza. The event has an attendance of 8,500+ people and/or approximately 15,000+ online unique impressions.

Arts & Autos is a favorite Downtown Denton event produced by the Denton Main Street Association.  It represents a great way to target a captive audience in more ways than one.  Click the link below for a complete list of all the sponsor benefits that come with each level so you can find what fits your business goals. 

You can pay and fill in the form by answering questions below OR print the form and send it in with your payment. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to Contact Us we can answer any specific questions

VENDORS CLICK BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS, RULES AND PRICING FOR BOOTH SPACES. Food vendor spaces are full. Arts & Crafts spaces still available.  All vendor applications are reviewed prior to being accepted. Thank you.