About Arts & Autos

See event details on all the fun below.

Pre-Registration for the car show ends 9/8/2016.(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. If registering day of the show, arrive early and register before 8:45 a.m.. 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.

Chalk Fest entry info is below 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. 

Denton Main Street Association Proudly Presents the 17th annual Arts & Autos!  Come on down to Downtown Denton on Saturday, September 10th, 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, find 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 features Raised Right Men at 11 a.m. & Texas Blues Crew at 12:45 p.m. on the courthouse lawn.  And, come enjoy festival foods and the great dining at downtown eateries abound at Arts & Autos! 

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!

Vehicle Registration

Online registration has ended. Vehicles may register the day of the show by coming up the barricade entry between 7:15 am and 9:30 am at 101 S Locust, corner of Locust and Walnut streets. Day of registration entry is $30. You may download a form here, 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.


Arts & Autos Recap Video from 2013

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 10th 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 2016 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 09/02/16 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.  Forms dropped off must be received by 09/09/16.

Last Years Entries

Downtown Parking

Event Sponsorship

Interested in sponsoring the Denton Main Street Arts & Autos Extravaganza?  We have sponsorship levels starting at a trophy level sponsorship of $50. However for more exposure, a specialty, feature or presenting 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 8,600+ people and/or approximately 15,000+ online unique impressions.

Arts & Autos is a favorite Downtown Denton event produced by the Denton Main St., Association, it represents a great way to target a captive audience in more ways than one.  Click the link below to see all of the benefits that come with each level so you can find what fits your business goals. Or if you have any questions please don't hesitate to Contact Us we can answer any specific questions.

At this time all vendor spaces are full. Please send a message to inquire about a wait list or to be put on notification for next year's event. Vendor spaces are limited. All vendor applications are reviewed prior to being accepted. Thank you.