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Denton Main Street Association's 16th Annual Wassail Fest

What is Wassail? It is just a fussy old English word for hot cider. Downtown merchants will stir up their best recipe to give free tastings for all ages during the festivities of the annual Denton Holiday Lighthing Festival on Friday, Dec. 5th. This year, the fun for the tasting event is expanding to Saturday, Dec. 6 from 2 to 6 p.m. - in case you don't make it around to all the stops on Friday night. Merchant participation will vary on each day, so make it a Wonderful Wassail Weekend and come sip and stroll through downtown. See the list of Wassail Stops below.

The Saturday Wassail Fest activities will include: great wassail tasting, shopping and dining in downtown’s businesses, musicians and choral groups in various locations around downtown and at wassail stops, and a visit and photo opportunity with Santa in front of “Bonnie”, a 1960’s retro camper courtesy of Denton Design Company. Bring your camera! Santa will be at the corner of Oak and Locust in front of the courthouse.

The public can cast their vote for their favorite Wassail on Friday evening during Denton’s annual Holiday Lighting Festival, OR on Saturday during the expanded Wassail Fest between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.. Ballots will be available at all participating Wassail Stops and may be dropped at ANY ballot box at ANY Wassail Stop. Those who turn in complete ballots are eligible for door prizes from participating merchants. Also, watch for contests on Facebook on Friday night and Saturday.

Plan ahead and download a Wassail Stop list, you can get a ballot and cast it at any Wassail Stop. Look for WASSAIL STOP signs to know who is serving that evening or day. Download a map to help you get to each stop.


 The Denton Holiday Lighting Festival is Friday, Dec. 5th from 5:30 to 9 p.m. - for a full festival schedule, visit their website at












Holiday Open House Weekend in Downtown Denton Nov. 8 & 9

Holiday Open House weekend was just the kick off for some great shopping and strolling  the streets of the square and beyond to check out the specials in the stores and restaurants. Some merchants will have extended hours during the holiday season, so check with your favorites and see who is open late or on Sundays during December. Please check their websites or Facebook pages for updates.


Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza

September 13, 2014


Denton Main Street Association hosted the 15th annual event on Saturday, September 13th in 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the square and beyond, 110 W. Hickory Street.

This event featuresda hot rod, classic and custom car, truck and motorcycle with multiple car, truck and motorcycle classes and great trophies! Cash prizes for Best of Show winner in car, truck and motorcycle class. 

Festival-goers enjoyed an array of activities throughout the day, including hands-on arts/crafts and games, Chalk Fest and live music. 

A silent auction featured great downtown merchandise and other finds is held inside the courthouse during the event.

This year's event offered some fantastic chalk drawings to add spark and life to the sidewalks downtown. Artists of all ages contributed a fantastic display to stroll through during the event and for days after the fun.  Thank you to sponsors Ann & Bill Ennis. 

Antique appraisers provided information on family treasures and heirlooms.  Appraisers and dealers specialized in general antiques, art, clocks, cut glass, silver, and jewelry. 

 Live Music all day was entertaining all day on the courthouse lawn. Acoustic musicians, Rivers West playing Classic Rock, and the Charlie Shafter Band playing American Roots/Acoustic Rock rounded out the day's fun.




Watch this video of past AAA fun and plan to come!

ART ANTIQUES AUTOS from Aria on Vimeo.


Thursday Twilight Tunes Celebrated its 21st season in 2014 and starts a week earlier!

Denton Main Street Association presented its award-winning concert series in downtown Denton starting at the end of April this year. The concert event set the tone for fun downtown every Thursday beginning Thursday, April 24th at 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and ran every Thursday evening through July 3rd, with a bonus concert on Friday, July 4th in the morning immediately following the 4th of July parade through downtown Denton.

Crowds joined the fun on Thursday evenings on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission was FREE.


 with the support of Hutcherson Insurance

Spring Open House TBA for 2015

Downtown Denton is hoppin’ during Spring Open House weekend with all the shopping and dining destinations there are to enjoy in downtown on the square and beyond.

The fun abounds around downtown on every Spring as the merchants of the Denton Main Street Association open their doors for a Spring Open House event. The weekend offers something special in downtown’s array of places for shopping, dining and entertainment all weekend, so check back to this website for next year's date to be posted in early 2015.

Other events throughout the year that take place in downtown Denton:

First Friday Denton -

Galleries around West Oak Street and in downtown Denton every first Friday evening of the month host a free event featuring art, fun and music for the community to enjoy.  Visit to get details for each month.

Acoustic Lawn Jam on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Lawn - FREE

Year-round: Every Saturday 10 a.m. to Noon (weather permitting). 110 W. Hickory Street on the courthouse lawn. An open, acoustic jam session for all levels of musician. Come to listen or bring your guitar, drums, fiddle, spoons or your best singing voice to join the fun.

Denton Farmers’ Market

June – September: Tues., Th., & Sat.
Denton County growers sell fresh produce during the growing season in North Texas. June through September – Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 12 noon, or Sell-out. Bayless-Selby House Museum Parking Lot, corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Blvd. Market sponsored by Denton Country Growers Association. Please contact the Denton County Agriculture Extension Agent for more information.

Community Market

Local artists and crafters sell at this market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in May through the first Saturday in December. Located at the Denton County Historical Park at the corner of Mulberry and Carroll Streets in downtown Denton. Visit for more details.