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Twilight Tunes is presented by our Platinum Sponsors the Denton Record-Chronicle, First United Bank and Northstar Bank, with presenting sponsors:

Ben E Keith

Beth Marie's

First State Bank

North Texas Athletics

Upcoming Events

  • November 28
    • 10:00 AM - Shop Small Saturday

      Support local businesses and participate in Shop Small Saturday in downtown Denton on Nov. 28th. Check out our blog for Shop Small info and selfie contest info and follow the Denton Main Street Association, Downtown Denton and Chamber social media or see participating merchant locations to learn more!

Special Events

For a map of daily public parking in downtown Denton, please click here for a PDF file of the map. For upcoming events, scroll down.



Denton Main Street Association's 17th Annual Wassail Fest 

What is Wassail? It is just a fussy old English word for hot cider. Some downtown merchants will stir up their best recipe to give free tastings for all ages during the festivities of the annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival and on the following day. Check out details below on Wassail Weekend and for info on the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival, please see their website at

Wassail Fest, a tasting event held during annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival on Friday, Dec. 4th, will also offer an afternoon of tastings and other holiday fun on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

The expansion of hours for wassail tasting allows even more visitors to enjoy this downtown Denton tradition all weekend.  The Wassail Stops, in various merchant locations around downtown, will be open Friday night, Dec. 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.,  and Dec. 5th from 2 to 5 p.m., with some special activities.  Tasting is free and open to all ages.  This year 38 restaurants, stores and business member locations around Downtown will participate.  Some Wassail Stops are open Friday night during Holiday Lighting and on Saturday afternoon. See more on Saturday activities and a list of all Wassail Stops below.

Some special Saturday Wassail Fest activities will include: 

·   Chalk Festivus and live music at A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak St

·   “Make and Take” a craft and hear the St. Andrew’s Singers with SCRAP, Artist Enclave of Denton County at the Sweetwater Grill and Tavern, 115 S. Elm 

·   Seniors in Motion, 111 Industrial Street, will have free spine screenings with Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Center and Backster, the Chiropractic Panda Bear, will also be there taking pictures with kids of all ages. Enter our contest to win a $200 Holiday Shopping Spree.

·   History of Wassail presentations by Kingdom of Ansteorra re-enactment group at 200 W. Oak sidewalk

·   Food Drive held by the Denton County Bar Association at the corner of Oak/Elm on the courthouse lawn (bring non-perishable items and monetary donations that will be donated to Our Daily Bread)

·   Selfies with Santa (check out contest details and Santa locations on social media). Bring your camera or phone! 

The public can cast their votes for their favorite Wassail on Friday evening during Denton’s annual Holiday Lighting Festival, OR on Saturday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.. Voters are eligible for door prizes from participating merchants.  Ballots will be available Friday night and Saturday afternoon at the Wassail Information Booth on W. Hickory Street next to the old Evers Hardware Building, 109 W. Hickory Street.  Online voting information can be found on Facebook at Downtown Denton – Denton Main Street Association. 

Wassail Stops:

A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak - Friday and Saturday

Alagood, Cartwright, Burke PC – FOOD DRIVE, 200 W. Oak on corner Friday night; at corner of Oak/Elm on courthouse lawn on Saturday

Atomic Candy, 105 W. Hickory St. - Friday

Barley & Board, 100 W. Oak St. - Friday and Saturday

Bearded Monk, 122 E. McKinney

Big Fatty's Flaming Foods, 220 W. Parkway, Ste. 100 - Saturday

Candy Store, The, 110 B W. Oak St. - Friday

Cartwright's Ranch House, 111 N. Elm - Friday and Saturday

Chestnut Tree Tea House & Bistro, 107 W. Hickory St. - Friday

Circa 77 Vintage, 225 W. Oak St. - Friday and Saturday

DIME Store Local Art + Craft + Vintage, 510 S. Locust St. - Friday

Dusty's Bar & Grill, 119 S. Elm St. - Friday and Saturday

East Side Denton, 113 E. Hickory St. – Friday and Saturday

First People's Jewelers, 117 N. Elm St. - Friday

First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust St. - Friday

Flatlanders Taco Co., 109 Oakland St. - Saturday

Garden Gate, 121 N. Elm St. - Friday

Glasschroeder Agency,  sidewalk of Texas Bldg. 100 W. Oak - Saturday

Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory St. - Saturday

iHeartDenton (lower level of Sherman Bldg., corner of Elm/Hickory) - Friday

J&J's Pizza, 118 W. Oak St. - Saturday

la di da & Shoe Fly, 114 N. Locust St. - Friday

LSA Burger Co., 113 W. Hickory – Friday and Saturday

Massage on the Square, 108 E. Oak St. – Friday and Saturday

Mellow Mushroom, 217 E. Hickory St. - Saturday

Mulberry Street Cantina, 110 W. Mulberry St. – Friday and Saturday

Noles General Store, 315 E. Hickory St. – Friday and Saturday

Oak Street Draft House, 308 E. Oak – Friday and Saturday

Palm Tree Boutique, The, 119 N. Elm St. – Friday and Saturday

Paschall Bar, 122 N. Locust St. - Friday and Saturday

Queenie's Steakhouse, 115 E. Hickory St. - Friday

Seniors in Motion with Spinal Decompression Center, 111 Industrial St. -  Saturday

Serendipity on the Square, 108 W. Oak, #102 - Friday and Saturday

Service Industry, 222 W. Hickory, #103 - Saturday

Sweetwater Grill & Tavern with Artists Enclave and SCRAP Denton, 115 S. Elm - Saturday

The Ghost Note, 120 W. Oak St. – Friday and Saturday

Twice as Nice Resale, serving at 121 Hickory St. on Friday; serving at store, 413 E. Oak St., on Saturday

Vintage Bleu, 221 W. Oak St. – Friday and Saturday














Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza

September 12, 2015  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Denton Main Street Association hosted the 16th annual event on Saturday, September 12th in 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the square and beyond, 110 W. Hickory Street with record attendance, car entries, and Chalk Fest entries. 

This event featured a hot rod, classic and custom car, truck and motorcycle with multiple car, truck and motorcycle classes and great trophies! Cash prizes and awesome art trophies were given for Best of Show winner in car, truck and motorcycle class.  

Festival-goers enjoyed an array of activities throughout the day, including arts/crafts vendors, hands-on arts/crafts and games, Chalk Fest, festival foods, live music and "Attic Treasure" appraisals. And, checked out all the cool shops around downtown. 

This year the Chalk Fest had some fantastic chalk drawings to add spark and life to the sidewalks downtown at W. Oak near the corners of Cedar and Elm streets.  Artists of all ages contributed to a fantastic display to stroll through during the event and for days after the fun.  

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

Live Music was on the lawn all day entertaining crowds starting at 10 a.m. with Joe Pat Hennan and Jeff Glover - Texas Singers/Songwriters, followed by Woody's Rampage playing rock and blues, and the day ended with High School Ceasar. 

Thank you to our Presenting sponsors: Denton Record Chronicle, First United Bank, Northstar Bank and Kress Motor Cars, and LSA Burger Co.. And, thank you for the support from Denton CVB, Barley & Board, Cartwright's Ranch House, Ann and Bill Ennis, James Wood Autopark Commercial Truck Center, Paschall Bar and the City of Denton.

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

ART ANTIQUES AUTOS from Aria on Vimeo.


 Thursday Twilight Tunes is back for a Fall Series 

Sundays in October 2015 4:30 - 6 p.m. 

Denton Main Street Association will present a Tunes Fall Series starting October 4th and will run every Sunday in October from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn.  Grab a blanket or chairs, a bite to eat and settle in for a late afternoon of live music in beautiful downtown Denton! Come early and check out some of the shops and stay late to enjoy dinner in downtown.

Parking is available in several lots around the square. Click here for a map and catch a ride up to the square on the Wandervan shuttle for the October 4th concert from one of the greenish blue highlighted lots on this map.  Parking Map

The following bands are scheduled to play the Tunes Fall Series:

October 4 -  Link Chalon & Friends

Feature sponsor: McBride Music & Pawn

October 11 - Vince Lujan Project

Feature sponsor: Dusty's Bar & Grill

October 18 - Cliff Temple 

Feature Sponsor: Muddy Jake's and Service Industry

October 25 - Gravity Feed - at Rain Location this week (Hailey's, 122 W. Mulberry Street.) No lawn chairs, please.  

Feature Sponsor: Wine Squared and Chestnut Tree Tea House & Bistro

In the case of inclement weather, always check the website or the Downtown Denton - Denton Main Street Association Facebook page to find out where the concert will move to for the rain location. See you at Tunes!

Thank you sponsors of 2015 Tunes! 

Hundreds of attendees joined the fun on Thursday evenings in the spring/summer series for Tunes on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn. Due to generous sponsors, admission was FREE

The 2015 series offered an eclectic assortment of music for all listeners featuring some of the best local bands in the Denton area. Thank you to these bands and sponsors for the 2015 Spring and Summer Tunes:

April 23-          Lone Star Attitude – Country

Feature Sponsor: LSA Burger Co.

April 30 -         Woody’s Rampage – More Fun Comics & Games

Feature Sponsor: More Fun Comics & Games

May 7 -            The Holler Time – Americana

Feature Sponsor: Denton Community Theatre

May 14 -          Chris Watson – Southern Soul

Feature Sponsor: Sweetwater Grill & Tavern

May 21 -          A Taste of Herb – Herb Alpert and the

                        Tijuana Brass Tribute Band

Feature Sponsor: Dan's Silverleaf

May 28 -          The Poor Kings – Singer Songwrite/Pop

Feature Sponsor: Cartwright's Ranch House

June 4 -            The Bird Dogs – Country 

Feature Sponsor: Mellow Mushroom

June 11 -          The Raised Right Men – Classic Country

Feature Sponsor: East Side Social Club

June 18 -          Maylee Thomas – Blues/Rock

Feature Sponsor: Beth Marie's Ice Cream

June 25 -          Bonnie & Nick Norris Band –


Feature Sponsor: Paschall's Bar

July 2 -            Boom Bachs – Hip Hop

Feature Sponsor: Abbey Inn

July 4 *10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.             JR Byrd  – Pop/Funk

Feature Sponsor: Jupiter House



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.