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North Texas Athletics

Denton Main Street Association plans fun for downtown Denton

“Live, Work, Play” has been used to portray various places, but it describes downtown Denton now more than ever. With many distinctive restaurants, unique shops and art galleries, abundant apartments, the historic courthouse square, and the A-train nearby, downtown Denton is the place to be. And now, more than ever, is the time to be a part of Denton Main Street Association (DMSA).

DMSA promotes all of downtown Denton as a destination for both visitors and residents. We do this, in part, by hosting and promoting special events like the popular Twilight Tunes Concert Series held on the Courthouse lawn Thursday evenings in May and June, the Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza in September, Wassail Fest during the annual Tree Lighting, and an Open House in the Spring and Fall, among other promotions held throughout the year. We also have been working with other downtown businesses, organizations and events to spread awareness about other activities going on downtown.

Our current events are free to the public, so DMSA depends on members, volunteers and sponsors to make these events happen. We need you! We have many levels of membership, beginning at a $25 level that includes a card for discounts at participating downtown merchants. Other levels include several business exposure benefits. For a full description of membership levels and the associated benefits, please visit the “About Us” and “Members” pages on this site where you can learn more and find an application with details.

Thank you and we hope you will take time to enjoy all that downtown Denton has to offer.

Spring into downtown Denton for the fun shopping and entertainment

It’s a great time to be outdoors in north Texas and historic downtown Denton offers the perfect activities for taking it all in this spring.  The downtown merchants of the Denton Main Street Association (DMSA) invite you to enjoy shopping, dining, and a fashion show during the Spring Open House weekend May 5th and 6th.  Many shops will be open extended hours and will be offering specials to their clients, such as refreshments, discounts, and drawings for prizes.  

DMSA will also host a fashion show at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5th, on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, 110 W. Hickory St.  This is an eye-catching, entertaining way to give shoppers an impression of what Downtown businesses have to offer.  Apparel, shoes, jewelry and accessories, and childrens' wear will be modeled in the show from various shops participating in the Spring Open House weekend.  At the Fashion Show, be sure to pick up your special discounts passport with offers from some of the participating businesses.  Completed passports will be entered into a drawing.    

Also, kids can enjoy facepainting and a free bouncehouse provided by Lone Star GO Pages after the fashion show until 3 p.m. Saturday. Spring photos by Robin Gansle Photography will be available from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on the courthouse lawn ($20 fee).

The Twilight Tunes concert series starts May 3rd, setting the tone for the weekend every Thursday night in May and June.  The concerts, presented by the Denton Main Street Association, are free and take place on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m..  

Bring your friends and family, get a meal-to-go from one of the many downtown eateries, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown Denton.  The 2012 Twilight Tunes series offers an eclectic assortment of music for all listeners.  Thursday Twilight Tunes is the perfect way to kick off the weekend early and listen to some of the best local bands in the Denton area.  

For more information and a complete schedule of Open House weekend activities and the Twilight Tunes concerts, please visit the Events page on our site.   

Always something happening in Downtown

Always something happening in Downtown
This month means a spring break is in store for a lot of Texans and you might be searching for a place to land for a day to two to enjoy the season. If you are looking for something distinctly different, Denton is the place to find it. Whether it’s experiencing Denton’s music, shopping for a unique expression of the local culture, or trying the local favorite cuisine, you can find it in downtown Denton. Our galleries and museums also have interesting and educational exhibits, so stop in the Denton County Historical Park, the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, Denton Firefighter Museum, and the Center for Visual Arts. And, grab a bite to eat along the way. Downtown Denton is pedestrian-friendly and all the action is just a couple of blocks away from the DCTA A-Train Station. Don’t forget, 35 Denton, a music festival featuring more than 150 bands in downtown Denton, takes place March 8 – 11, please visit www.35denton.com for more details on that event. Year-round downtown visitors and shoppers can enjoy some free music, arts events and local markets including: Acoustic Lawn Jam - every Saturday on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn from 10 a.m. to Noon Community Market - every Saturday in March – October in the Denton County Historical Park parking lot at Carroll and Mulberry Denton County Farmers’ Market – every Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays (7 a.m. to Noon or sell-out) in the growing season June through September Thursday Twilight Tunes – every Thursday evening in May and June (see the Events page for schedule) First Friday art night – in various galleries around downtown Denton from 7 – 9 p.m. every on the Friday of every month, visit www.firstfridaydenton.com for more details. Gallery Night – public reception featuring work of locals artists held on the first Saturday 6 – 8 p.m. each month, visit www.oxidegallery.com for more details. As you can see, there is always something happening in downtown Denton.

DMSA Promotes Downtown

DMSA Promotes Downtown

Denton Main Street Association promotes all of downtown Denton as a destination for both visitors and residents. DMSA hosts and promotes downtown year-round through marketing efforts, promotional materials, social media, special events and festivals. Some of these events draw crowds of thousands to downtown Denton, offering great exposure and traffic to downtown businesses. The idea is that events attract potential customers, many of whom are not familiar with downtown or the variety of stores, restaurants and services located here. And they do come back!

Some of the special events that are merchant oriented include Spring and Holiday Open House weekends - a great opportunity to get involved in an affordable, cooperative promotion. The DMSA and its sponsors also present Thursday Twilight Tunes in May and June, as well as the Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza in September. And, tasting the delcious wassail made by the merchants at Wassail Fest is a favorite for festival-goers during Denton's Holiday Lighting Festival.

So, don't delay, get in on the fun and promote your downtown business with a membership in the Denton Main Street Association.

Twilight Tunes begins May 2nd

Denton Main Street Association presents its award-winning concert series in downtown Denton every Thursday during the month of May and June with a bonus concert on July 4th from 12:30 to 2 p.m..  In June, as well as July 4th, the concerts will be held on the east side/Locust Street side of the courthouse lawn.  

Named “Best Promotional Event” by the Texas Downtown Association in 2012, the concert event sets the tone for fun downtown every Thursday night in May and June, with a special July 4th afternoon concert.  Join 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.  The concert is held on the west side of the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn in May, and in June it moves to the east side of the courthouse lawn.  Admission is FREE

Bring your friends and family, get a meal-to-go from one of the many downtown eateries, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown Denton.  The 2013 series offers an eclectic assortment of music for all listeners.  Thursday Twilight Tunes is the perfect way to kick off the weekend early and listen to some of the best local bands in the Denton area. 

This is the 20th season for this long-standing tradition in historic downtown Denton.  Twilight Tunes is the reason to stay in town for summer fun.  Check out the full concert schedule is on the Events page or the Calendar banner. 

If you are coming from the southern part of Denton County, or even the city, hop on the DCTA A-train at MedPark in Denton or any of the stops south of Denton in Lewisville and Carrollton. Relax and enjoy the ride to downtown Denton, hop off, take a stroll to the square and grab a bite along the way. The last train leaves downtown at 9:15 p.m., so there’s plenty of time to enjoy a great evening of music, dining and fun. Check out the DCTA schedule at www.RideDCTA.net.

Thursday Twilight Tunes is presented by Denton Record-Chronicle, First United Bank, Northstar Bank, Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain, First State Bank, North Texas Athletics, Texas Woman’s University and Greater Denton Arts Council, The Arts Guild of Denton, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to feature sponsors Abbey Inn, Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Cartwright’s Ranch House, Dan’s Silver Leaf, Denton Community Market, Denton Community Theatre, DentonRadio.com, Mellow Mushroom, McBride’s Music & Pawn, and Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, along with the support of Amyx Fine Jewelry & Consignment, Atomic Candy, Hutcherson Insurance Services, Industrial Street Guild, Mad World Records, More Fun Comics & Games, Serendipity on the Square and Yogurt Fusion.

Event takes place rain or shine. Check website or Facebook page Downtown Denton – Denton Main Street Association for rain location update.

Our Downtown is Award-Winning

Downtown Denton has won numerous awards in its 22 years as a Main Street City, including the prestigious Great American Main Street Award. Our most recent recognition was this week when Denton was named 3rd on the list of "America's Greatest Main Streets" by Travel and Leisure Magazine. See this link for more: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-greatest-main-streets/4

What makes downtown Denton such a great American Main Street?  It is the people.  Through the years countless merchants, community leaders, and volunteers have played a role in buiding our great downtown.  Thank you to all of Denton for supporting the Main Street program through the years and keeping downtown vibrant place in the heart of our community.

Downtown Denton in the spotlight again

PBS’ The Daytripper, (www.thedaytripper.com) will have a film crew here this weekend to shoot a show on Denton. If you follow Twitter, they are (@ChetTripper. On Face Book, search for “The Daytripper.”

They will be here Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th filming.  So, follow them on Facebook and Tweet this weekend. 

Dog Days of Denton holds 19th festival this weekend in downtown’s Quakertown Park

Dog Days of Denton is Friday evening, June 1st, and Saturday, June 2nd in the morning and afternoon in downtown’s Quakertown Park.  For festival details please go to www.dogdaysdenton.com.     

Ever wonder how Dog Days of Denton got its start?  Well, 19 years ago shortly after the Denton Main Street Program was getting its start in downtown, the DMSA created some of Denton’s most-loved festivals and events, one of the first was the Dog Days of Denton (formerly known as the Dog Days of Summer).  The first Dog Days event was held in the true “dog days of summer” in early August on the courthouse lawn, but that didn’t last long.  The event moved to June and over the years several events and contests were added to the fun.   It soon became known as “Texas’ Original Festival for Pooches and their People” and was a model for communities all over the state looking to create their own fun for Fido and the family. 

After 13 years on the square the festival that celebrates man’s best friend attracted everyone and their dog, outgrowing its space on the lawn (a dog’s favorite place is the grass), and it moved to Quakertown Park where it has been held since 2007.  The event still holds the original pet contests showcasing Denton’s talented canines and selecting the city’s spokesdog, and it now hosts demonstrations of canine sports, dancing with the dogs and an agility course. 

Thank you to those members of the Denton Main Street Association who so cleverly created this fun festival 19 years ago and gave us one more way to celebrate in downtown Denton.  

June 7th Twilight Tunes will be at rain location

We don't want to complain about the rain, so we'll just move indoors tonight for the Twilight Tunes Concert.   Tonight's sponsor is The Abbey Inn/The Abbey Underground and they will be the rain location for tonight.  The band is The Dave Thomas Band playing Classic Rock/Blues/Country. The concert will be in the Abbey Undergound located in the basement of the Abbey Inn, 101 W. Hickory, you can get to the Abbey Underground by entering on the Walnut Street entrance (which is the backside of the building). Handicap entrance is through the front of Abbey Inn off of Hickory Street.

OUTSIDE COOLERS/BEVERAGES ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE ABBEY UNDERGROUND. THANK YOU AND SEE YOU AT 6:30 P.M..

Area transit agencies enticing commuters to “Dump the Pump” this month

Bring your gas receipt to Twilight Tunes this Thursday night to receive your pass for a free transit pass.

North Texas commuters can swap a gasoline receipt for a week of free transit thanks to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the T in Fort Worth, and the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA).

The agencies are working together to encourage commuters to try transit the week of June 18 - 23. This effort is the local version of the seventh annual “Dump the Pump” campaign of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), which emphasizes the economic and environmental benefits of transit.

According to DCTA, DART, and the T, by using data from AAA, APTA researchers determined that North Texas commuters who switch to the region’s transit network may save more than $9,000 in the annual cost of driving to work (based on data from AAA). Transit also encourages environmental sustainability. DART, T and DCTA buses run on either clean diesel or natural gas and DART's light rail fleet produces zero emissions.

Downtown Denton's Transit Center is conveniently located just a couple of blocks from Hickory Street Arts Corridor and is an easy walk up to Denton's historic Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square.  All over downtown Denton you will find unique local shopping, dining, and entertainment.

 

Denton is a Finalist in the Rand McNally Best of the Road Contest

Denton is up for the "Most Fun" city in the Rand McNally Best of the Road contest.  The #bestoftheroad teams have been announced! The team coming to Denton is FreshTraveler.  Follow them as they make their way to Denton and check out their video.  You can follow Denton Main Street Association's Twiiter and Facebook pages to keep up with all the Best of the Road contest activities and stops.  Click on the icons for Twitter or Facebook at the bottom of this page and get started.  Please follow us and spread the word to your friends!  Let's show this team a DenTON of FUN!

Where's Your Sign for Most Fun Town in the USA?

As you know by now, Denton is one of 6 finalists for Most Fun Town in the USA in the Rand McNally and USA Today Best of the Road contest.  We want to show them just how FUN Denton is and you can help!  The information below is about the sign contest the Denton CVB is running (taken from their Blog on DiscoverDenton.com), so see the rules and bring your sign to the 4th of July Parade, Flag Ceremony at City Hall, Dan's Silver Leaf, Kiwanis Fireworks Show, and Thursday Twilight Tunes. Locations for these events are listed below.  Keep following on Facebook @Downtown Denton - Denton Main Street Association, @Downtown Denton, Texas or @Discover Denton for details and updates.  Good luck Denton!

Contest Overview: The Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau is looking for original, unique, creative signs to welcome TEAM FRESHTRAVELER in the Rand McNally and USA TODAY second annual Best of the Road Rally. The team is in search for the Most Fun Town in America and Denton is in the final cut – the top 6!

Sign submissions will be accepted June 22- July 6th. Winners will be determined by an online voting contest. Original Best of the Road T-shirts and Denton Swag will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The Winners and contestant entrants may have a chance to be seen on the Travel Channel with TEAM FRESHTRAVELER as well as receive the opportunity to have their sign shown or featured on Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau Websites including but not limited to:

www.discoverdenton.com

www.escapetodenton.com

www.dentonlive.com

Denton CVB social media platforms

 

All Signs must be submitted by Friday, July 6, 2012 by 12pm.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED Friday, July 6 at 3pm on www.facebook.com/DiscoverDentonTX.

STEP 1: Create your welcome sign to include the following:

  • The word “Welcome”
  • The team name “FreshTraveler”
  • The color orange somewhere on the sign

STEP 2: Take a picture of your sign at one of the following events Team FreshTraveler will attend or anywhere you find the team during their Denton tour July 4-5.

July 4

July 5

  • 5:50 pm
    Twilight Tunes: Special start time and FeshTraveler team member Anna Haas performs before feature band Lisa Markley and the Ne’er –Do-Wells. Sit on the Locust Street side of lawn.

STEP 3: Upload your image of your sign and tell everyone to vote for your sign!

 

All Submissions will be property of the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau. There is no limit to submissions. Submissions, must have been created specifically for Contest, and must not have been published or released commercially. Submissions must not include or depict any of the following: obscenity, inappropriate language or lyrics, inappropriate attire, nudity, explicit sexual activity, illegal drug, alcohol or tobacco use, violence, firearms, weapons, activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, religious references, promotion of any political agenda or message, commercial products, unauthorized copyrighted, trademarked or trade dress properties, including, but not limited to, music, photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images. Any material that is hateful, tortuous, defamatory, disparaging, derogatory, slanderous, libelous, or otherwise unlawful, material that violates or infringes on another’s rights, including but not limited to, rights of privacy or publicity, copyright, trademark or any other intellectual property rights, material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual, or promotes discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age, personal identifiable information, including but not limited to, personal names, license plates, phone numbers, personal addresses, and any other content, including but not limited to, text, images, graphics, photographs, captions and descriptions, data, codes or programs that could be considered inappropriate or offensive, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Summer Fun Continues in Downtown Denton

Summer fun continues this month beginning tonight with First Friday Denton.  First Friday is a fun night of gallery hopping in downtown Denton where you can check out the local art scene and maybe even put your mark on a community art piece.  The fun takes places the first Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Check out their website  www.firstfridaydenton.com for details. And, check out our Facebook page Downtown Denton - Denton Main Street Association for information on what is happening this weekend, and each week, in downtown Denton.

The Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza is just a month away - Saturday, September 8th -  and you can enter the Art Contest. It is free to enter and you can win prizes, have your work displayed and helps the Denton Main Street Association with its downtown revitalization efforts.  The contest deadline is approaching in mid-August, so get your camera or your canvas and get started on your creation!  Details of the contest are available on the Special Events page on this website under the listing for the Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza.  You can also find car/truck/motorcycle entry forms, vendor entry forms, and other information on the page.

There is always something happening in downtown Denton!

Denton MSA Merchants put some spring savings into summer

The Denton Main Street Association member merchants are extending their Spring Open House VIP Card Savings to customers through August 15th.  These promotional discount cards were given during in the Spring Open House, but if you missed it you can get another one to use during this special promotion time.  Go to any participating merchant (see list below)  to get your VIP card and start saving today!
Participating stores:
Dusty's Bar & Grill
Gardent Gate
la di da
Shoe Fly
W. Douglas Antiques
Atomic Candy
Yogurt Fusion
First People's Jewelers
Noles General Store
Small Fry
A Creative Art Studio
Bella Designs
Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Soda Fountain
Cartwright's Ranch House
The Courthouse Collection
Impressions
Flower Garden
Sweetwater Grill & Tavern
Howe Unique
SCRAP Denton
Amyx Fine Jewelry
County Seat Antiques
 
Merchants and restaurants on the square are offering these discounts or promotional offers from August 1-15. SHOP DENTON FIRST!

Arts, Antiques & Autos - Family Fun for Everyone

The classic, hot rod and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles are the main attraction this September at the Denton Main Street Association’s (DMSA) Arts, Antiques & Autos event Saturday, Sept.8th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., around the historic Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square, 110 W. Hickory Street. 

A new feature of the event this year includes an art contest with hand-rendered or digitally produced entries focusing on the courthouse, downtown buildings and iconic Denton sites, automobiles, motorcycles, antiques, or other things that represent the event and Denton. Artists may enter for FREE with a chance to win prizes and see their artwork used for next year's event. Selected entries will be showcased prior to the event and during the event, as well as be entered into the DMSA Silent Auction fundraiser. Please check the Events page on this website for a set of complete rules and entry forms for the art contest under the AAA information.

Register early for the car, truck and motorcycle show and compete for the coveted Best of Show award.  Festival-goers can also shop and stroll through fine arts & crafts vendor booths with one-of-a-kind pieces, or peruse the silent auction and bid on great downtown merchant goods and local art items. The antique collector, or those aspiring to start, can learn some fast facts about a special antique or heirloom in the “Attic Treasure” Information Appraisals.  Hands-on arts, crafts and games keep the kids busy, while local bands playing live music entertain the crowds all day long.   

Follow us on Twitter or "Like" us on Facebook to keep up with all of downtown Denton's events. There is always something happening in downtown Denton!

Arts, Antiques & Autos this weekend!

This weekend is a great time to come to downtown Denton to kick off the Fall season, and we have a great forecast for fun, too.  Catch a glimpse at some cool cars, fantastic art, have a treasure appraised, listen to some live music, bid in a downtown silent auction, enter a coloring contest, have your photo made in an antique car, and enjoy a day in downtown with family and friends. There are no age limits on the fun! 

You can start with a night of browsins, and maybe even creating, art at First Friday in the galleries located on West Oak Street from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. See some of the winning artwork that was entered into the Arts, Antiques & Autos art contest.  Then, Satuday morning be sure to come out beginning at 9 a.m. for the festival.  There is so much to do, all the details are on the Events page on this site. Click there to get more.  See you downtown!

Art, Fun and Music at First Friday Denton

Come out to First Friday Denton tonight, October 5, in downtown in the West Oak Street area beginning at 7 p.m. There will live music, art, and fun everywhere. A Creative Art Studio will have art and music until 10 p.m.. And some live music and recycled art fun is set at SCRAP of Denton until 9 p.m..  Visit www.firstfridaydenton.com for details of events on tonight's events. 

And, mark your calendar for Holiday Open House weekend in downtown Denton on November 10th and 11th. Stores and restaurants feature holiday merchandise, special offers, refreshments and a festive atmosphere.  Beat the holiday hustle and bustle by making it a weekend of shopping and dining in downtown Denton Nov. 10h and 11th.

Bites and Fun Frights This Weekend Downtown

This weekend in downtown Denton is all about yummy bites and fun family frights. Tonight, Oct. 26, is the Friday Night Bites gourmet food truck fest at the DCTA A-Train Station on East Hickory Street. Music, food and arts/craft vendors will be there. So, stop by for dinner and fun. Check out goo.gl/YRM0d  for more details on the event. (This is not a DMSA event, so please check their site for details).

Saturday, Oct. 27, is Denton's Day of the Dead Festival on East Hickory and Industrial Street area from 9 am to 10 p.m. with vendors, games and treats for kids, a coffin race, a Cirque de Horror show and more all day. For a full schedule of this event, please visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DentonDayoftheDeadFestival. (This is not a DMSA event, so please check their site for details).

Have a safe weekend!

Painting downtown green this weekend

Painting downtown this weekend starts with First Friday on November 2nd during First Friday, a monthly art event hosted by galleries in downtown. Galleries typically open at 7 p.m. and have live music, artists' shows, and art demonstrations every first Friday of the month.  Oxide Gallery, 211 N. Cedar,  will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) this Friday night during First Friday.  So, come out to the Cedar and West Oak Street area art galleries Friday for some art and fun.  Visit www.firstfridaydenton.com for details of events and participating galleries and restaurants in First Friday.

The streets of downtown will become a sea of green Saturday during the UNT Homecoming Parade that begins on the UNT Campus and marches its way up Hickory around the square and back down Oak Street to kick off the Homecoming game festivities.  The parade starts at 11 a.m. Go Mean Green!

Get ready, set, shop!  Come downtown for Holiday Open House weekend in downtown Denton on November 10th and 11th. There are 28 stores and restaurants featuring holiday merchandise, special offers, refreshments and a festive atmosphere. Beat the holiday hustle and bustle by making it a weekend of shopping and dining in downtown Denton Nov. 10h and 11th. For a complete list of participating stores and information, see the Events page on this website.

See you around downtown!

Downtown merchants welcome you for Holiday Open House this weekend

Get ready, set, shop! Come downtown for Holiday Open House weekend in downtown Denton on November 10th and 11th. There are 28 stores and restaurants featuring holiday merchandise, special offers, refreshments and a festive atmosphere.

There is also a book signing event in the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square featuring several authors of Denton County history books.  Books will be available for purchase, too. You can see the details on the events page of this website under Holiday Open House.

Beat the holiday hustle and bustle by making it a weekend of shopping and dining in downtown Denton Nov. 10h and 11th. For a complete list of participating stores and information, see the Events page on this website.

See you around downtown!

Shop Local. Shop Downtown.

Small businesses are the heart of a community.  Get ready, set, shop local. Shop downtown! Come tp downtown Denton today and throughout the holiday season to support locally-owned businesses who give so much back  to our community. 

Downtown Denton during the holidays is a fun, festive place to be with shopping, dining and entertainment around every corner.  If you need something special or out of the ordinary, downtown Denton is the place to find it.

Festive Downtown Fun

First Friday, a fun and festive night of art in downtown Denton, always kicks off the month on - you guessed it - the first Friday.  But it doesn't stop there. Check out DentonLive.com for a full calendar of events, many of them taking place right here in downtown Denton this month and all year round.

Small businesses are the heart of a community, so shop downtown! Come to downtown Denton this month and support locally-owned businesses who give so much back to our community. 

Downtown Denton during the holidays is a fun, festive place to be with shopping, dining and entertainment around every corner. If you need something special or out of the ordinary, downtown Denton is the place!

Kick off your New Year downtown

Happy New Year!  Denton Main Street Association wishes everyone a happy and prosperous 2013.  Shopping local is a good way to boost the local economy and support your community.  And downtown businesses make sure you have fun while you shop and dine downtown. There is always something happening here.  The fun kicks off this new year with First Friday Denton on Friday, January 4th beginning at 7 p.m..  For information, visit www.firstfridaydenton.com and check out all the details.   

But this is just the beginning of a year jam-packed with activities downtown. Check out DentonLive.com for a full calendar of events for Denton, many of them taking place right here in downtown Denton. 

You will LOVE downtown Denton this February

February starts the busy event season in downtown Denton and is sure to have your loving what there is to do this month.

First Friday is always kicking off the fun each month at various galleries located in the West Oak and Cedar Street area.  You can find some art, fun and entertainment. The event always features local artists, and this month even features some work from Denton ISD!  Enjoy refreshments and entertainment from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the various galleries. Stroll the galleries, and you can even work on a community art masterpiece from time to time. See www.firstfridaydenton.com for details on this monthly event.

Thin Line Film Fest, Texas' International Documentary Film Festival,  is back this month showing films in several downtown venues. Get tickets and spend your weekend downtown for this original film fest.  The festival is February 8 - 18 and you can get complete details and ticket information on www.thinlinefilmfest.com .

And, don't forget your sweetheart on February 14th!  Shop, dine and celebrate in downtown Denton!

Downtown's spring season starts rockin' this March

The spring season is when the festival's in the downtown start crankin' up and there is something to do on every corner.  This month brings lots of opportunites to have a great time downtown.

First Friday is always kicking off the fun each month at various galleries located in the West Oak and Cedar Street area. You can find some art, fun and entertainment. The event always features local artists.  Stroll the galleries, and you can even work on a community art masterpiece from time to time. See www.firstfridaydenton.com for details on this monthly event.

35 Denton Music Festival is a walkable 4-day music festival taking place March 7-13 in in historic downtown Denton providing an intimate experience of the Indie music scene and music from bands locally or halfway around the world. For information and tickets, visit www.35denton.com. And, during the same weekend, DentonRadio.com will feature some local Denton musicians on the courthouse lawn. For more information visit www.discoverdenton.com.

The 28th Annual Denton Storytelling Festival kicks off March 7th at the Denton Civic Center, 221 E. McKinney Street. Be sure to catch some of the tallest tales and fun.  Visit www.dentonlive.com for information on this festival and more in Denton.

If you are looking for something to entertain the young family members during Spring Break, bring them down and let them be like kids in a candy store with the many choices to shop for sweet treats, and even some great comic books or classic tales in local book stores.  There are lots of places to browse, shop, dine, or just sit and soak in some springtime sun. 

The Denton Community Market will be in full swing this month, too. They are located in the Denton County Historical Park parking lot at the corner of Mulberry and Carroll Blvd. and it is a great place to check-out locally grown and hand-made products.

Happy 167th Birthday Denton County

The fun abounds around downtown on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 as the merchants of the Denton Main Street Association open their doors for Spring Open House and the Denton County Museums and Denton County Historical Commission celebrate the 167thbirthday of Denton County.  This celebration promises entertainment, shopping, and dining fun all weekend long for everyone.  

The birthday party fun will be Saturday, April 6th on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street.  On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., come to the birthday party!  Bring the kids or act like a child and step up onto the fabulous vintage fire truck and ring the bell! Open up your piggy bank for all the treasures you will find at our Silent Auction sale benefiting your museums. Enjoy making original artwork with hands on children’s activities by UNT volunteers. Be an amateur archeologist by helping piece together pottery from a 19th century Denton County pottery site. And meet and hear John B. Denton as he provides tales of his adventures on the Texas prairie.

Downtown stores will be hosting their annual Spring Open House with extended hours on Saturday, April 6thand Sunday, April 7th. Come check out great boutique buys, restaurant specials, hidden treasures, books, sweet treats, arts and antiques in the many merchant establishments around downtown.  More than 25 stores and restaurants are participating with extended store hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (some store hours may vary). The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum will also be open during the day Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This year look out for special discount promotions at participating merchants and restaurants.  If you shop or dine downtown and show your receipt at a participating merchant for $10 or more you may quality for a special discount.  Merchant discounts may vary, so please inquire before purchase. Check out promotions and more details on the Downtown Denton - Denton Main Street Association Facebook page. 

See participating merchant lists and more details on the events page of this website, and Denton County Birthday information is on http://dentonmuseums.com.    
 

Sales are sizzlin' in downtown

Downtown is hot, but the deals this weekend are even hotter!  Come downtown June 15th and 16th beginning at 9 a.m. and find something new, vintage, antique, or unique. Stroll the sidewalks of historic downtown Denton to find that special deal. More than 20 merchants have racks and tables loaded.  Have a sweet treat, a cool drink or a bite to eat while you're there. 

Throughout the summer don't miss out on the fresh goodness at the Denton County Farmers' Market every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to Noon or Sell-Out. And the Denton Community Market is open every Saturday early morning until 2 p.m. with vendors selling locally-made goods and foods, along with music and fun.  The markets are located at the corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Blvd. in the Denton County HIstorical Park parking lot.

Have a fun summer and make a visit to downtown Denton a repeat event  on your list of things to do! 

Subway vs. Mom and Pops?

By Julie Glover, Guest Blogger

There’s been a lot of conversation recently about the new Subway Sandwich shop that will open in a few weeks in the Texas Building at 100 W. Oak Street. 

Some of the objections have been that people don’t want a national chain in downtown Denton.  Prior to the invention of malls, all national chain stores were located in downtowns.  Downtown Denton had JC Penney’s, Sears, Woolworth’s, M.E. Moses, Duke & Ayers and Western Auto, to name a few.

Some object to the fact that a franchise is opening.  We currently have numerous franchises located in downtown:  Fuzzy’s Tacos, Mellow Mushroom Pizza, Thomas’ Ethan Allen Interiors, Burguesa Burger and Rusty Taco come to mind.  At least one business, Little Guys Movers, started in Denton and now has built multiple locations in and out of Texas.  We need to also remember that franchises and chains don’t start with multiple locations—they start as mom & pops.

The downtown area is zoned for restaurant use.  The City has to apply that zoning fairly and across the board.  If we banned Subway, we would also have to ban independently owned restaurants, like J&Js Pizza.

Downtown is growing and changing, almost daily, it seems.   We are fortunate to have a vibrant, busy central business district that attracts all sorts of businesses. 

If you don’t like Subway, you don’t have to eat there.  We have a plethora of other dining choices within easy walking distance.  I do hope, though, that everyone will be civil and that we can all co-exist, since this franchise will soon be part of our downtown neighborhood.  Diversity is what makes us stronger and more attractive to our customers.

 

Independence Day Weekend Fun in Downtown Denton

The July 4th holiday in downtown is a good time with the parade, the final Twilight Tunes concert, and First Friday on the evening of July 5th.  Make plans to spend your holiday in downtown! 

Start your Independence Day with the Yankee Doodle Parade at 9 a.m. and watch it as it winds around the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square. This parade is sure to feature some of Denton's most-loved characters.  Then step in to any of the downtown restaurants, coffee shops, candy stores, or ice cream and soda fountain for a cool treat while you wait for the final Twilight Tunes concert to start at 12:30 p.m..  It is more like a “daylight Tunes” at that time of day, but either way treat yourself to some great local music and bring your lawn chair or blanket, cool beverages and lunch to enjoy the tunes.  Sol Tax will provide some great live music until 2 p.m..   And, no 4th celebration would be complete without a great fireworks show, so don’t miss the fireworks at UNT that evening.

Come back downtown Friday evening, July 5th, at 7 p.m. for First Friday on West Oak Street – a fun way to experience the local art galleries.  A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak Ste. 101, will feature live music by Cassie Kidder and Julia Runge starting at 7 p.m..  The featured artist will be UNT student, Mick Burson, whose work includes more than 20 murals in Denton. There will also be art demonstrations, a community art project and some chalk art fun!  SCRAP, 215 W. Oak St.,  will host a reception featuring the North Branch Library reuse art projects.  For more details on these activities and other First Friday events, visit www.firstfridaydenton.com .

There is always something happening in downtown Denton. Stay tuned to this page for more information and events coming up this summer or see our Events page for year-round event dates. Join the fun!

Customer Appreciation Wednesdays this month

There is now another reason to get out on a Wednesday!  Come downtown and let the merchants show their appreciate for your loyalty to local shopping and dining.  Wednesdays during July in downtown Denton are Customer Appreciation Day, so stop in to any of the 45 local merchants and get some great deals!  Don't delay, get out and shop and dine today.

There is always something happening in downtown Denton. Check our the Events page on this website to find out about the next upcoming Denton Main Street Association festival or promotion. The Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza is Saturday, Sept. 14th. Enter your car, truck or motorcycle, or a fine art piece, or check out some information on that family heirloom you have in the attic. See the details and entry forms on Events page. Vendor space and sponsrships still available.

Downtown Gearing Up for 14th Annual Arts, Antiques & Autos Extgravaganza

The 14th Annual Arts, Antiques & Autos Extgravaganza is set for Saturday, September 14th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..  Whether is a classic, custom or hobby car, truck or motorcycle you have, just dust it off, clean it up and bring it out!

There is still time to enter and dont' forget about the art contest, too!  Entries are due August 23rd. More details about the event can be found on the Events page of this website. Vendor spaces are still available (food space limited), as well as sponsorships. Go to the Events page for more details!

Enter these Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza contests

The deadline for art entries in the Arts, Antiques & Autos Art Contest has been extended to Saturday, Aug. 31st.  The festival is Saturday, Sept. 14th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the historic downtown Denton Courthouse-on-the-Square.  The winning entries will be on display in downtown from Sept. 6th to Sept. 14th.  See the entry forms on the Events page.

This year the Chalk Art Fest & Competition is coming back to the Arts, Antiques & Autos.  Come smudge for a day on the 200 block sidewalk of West Oak Street and compete for prizes. There are three age categories.  Entry forms to save your spot on the sidewalk are due by September 12th and can be found on the Events page.

Car, truck and motorcycle entries will be accepted up to the morning of the show (No entries after 8:45 to 9 a.m.), but get in early to save on the fee.  Whether it is a classic, custom or hobby car, truck or motorcycle you have, just dust it off, clean it up and bring it out! Entry forms on the Events page.

Don't forget to dust off those heirlooms and collectibles, too, for the "Attic Treasure" Information Appraisals.  Where can you get more information on what can be appriaised?  You guessed it - the Event page of this website.

See you on the square!

Arts, Antiques & Autos is here!

Come out to the Arts, Antiques & Autos Saturday, Sept. 14th!

The 14th annual Arts, Antiques & Autos is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is so much to see and do. Check out all the details on the Events page of our site. And, catch the shuttle to the UNT football game!  See the map and schedule here. Come for the fun, stay for the day!

October is full of events in downtown Denton

Downtown is excited to welcome TWU and UNT parents for family weekend activities on October 12th. Have a great time shopping, dining and checking out the museums and galleries.  Downtown looks forward to seeing you again in future visits.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: 

Oct. 20th - Industrial Street International Pop Festival aka "Geezerpalooza (featuring 60s-70s tribute bands).  This event does not plan on closing streets, but may draw large crowds.

Oct. 26th - Denton's Day of the Dead Festival – Industrial Street area

Nov. 8th - 10th - Denton Main Street Association merchants be hosting the annual Downtown Denton Holiday Open House weekend on Nov. 8th– Nov. 10th. Check out detail coming soon on the Events page of this website.

Nov. 9th - UNT Homecoming Parade

Other events that are on-going in downtown Denton include:

First Friday - West Oak Street area galleries every 1st Friday evening of the month. Visit www.firstfridaydenton.com .

Saturdays - Acoustic Lawn Jam on the courthouse lawn

Saturdays - Denton Community Market at Denton County Historical Park (Saturdays April through November 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Visit www.dentonmarket.org

More information on Geezer Palooza and Day of the Dead Festival are available on their website and/or Facebook pages.

Have a great time in downtown Denton!

November is a month of special events in downtown Denton

November is a plentiful month for special events, so get ready for the festive fun in downtown Denton.  First Friday festivities start off the month on the evening of November 1st followed by the annual Holiday Open House Weekend on Nov. 8th - 10th, so bring your friends and family downtown for a great time.

Several locations in downtown are participating in this month's First Friday, including fun at the West Oak Street galleries with a Kids Reuse Art activity at SCRAP Denton and acoustic guitar music at A Creative Art Studio. Then stroll on over to the square for a visit to the Courthouse on the Square Museum and stop and shop at Garden Gate.  After, stop in for a wine tasting hosted by Vigne Wine Shop (on East Hickory).  First Friday is a cooperative effort of the galleries, museums and merchants in downtown Denton and you can catch the fun every first Friday evening of the month  To get details on times, locations and activities, visit www.firstfridaydenton.com.

Be sure to come back the next weekend on Nov. 8th, 9th and 10th for the Downtown Denton Holiday Open House Weekend where you can special promotions at 52 stores and restaurants.  Shop, snack and stroll as you ready for the festive holiday season. For a full list of participants and those how will be open for the Sneek Peek on Friday evening, Nov. 8th, see the Events page on this website.

Bring a gently-used coat and have the chance to take a picture with Santa from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9.  This photo opportunity is a bring-your-own-camera event with the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square as the backdrop.  Photos take place across the street from the courthouse in the courtyard next to the Sherman Building on Elm and Hickory streets. The coat drive will benefit those in need.

The fun continues the rest of the month with live music events at various venues, plays at the Campus Theatre, and plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment throughout the month of November and December. Check out DentonLive.com for dates on live music and performing arts events.

Save the date on Dec. 6th from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Wassail Fest, presented by the Denton Main Street Association during the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. The Denton Holiday Lighting Festival is from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and details for the festival can be found on their website. For details on Wassail Stops, visit the Events page on this website.

Have fun in downtown and come back to see us!

Downtown Holiday Open House November 8th - 10th

Be sure to come downtown this weekend on Nov. 8th, 9th and 10th for the Downtown Denton Holiday Open House Weekend where you can special promotions at 52 stores and restaurants. Shop, snack and stroll as you ready for the festive holiday season. For a full list of participants and those how will be open for the Sneek Peek on Friday evening, Nov. 8th, see the Events page on this website for full details, a participant list and times.

Bring a gently-used coat and have the chance to take a picture with Santa from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9. This photo opportunity is a bring-your-own-camera event with the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square as the backdrop. Photos take place across the street from the courthouse in the courtyard next to the Sherman Building on Elm and Hickory streets. The coat drive will benefit those in need.

The fun continues the rest of the month with live music events at various venues, plays at the Campus Theatre, and plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment throughout the month of November and December. Check out DentonLive.com for dates on live music and performing arts events.

Save the date on Dec. 6th from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Wassail Fest, presented by the Denton Main Street Association during the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. The Denton Holiday Lighting Festival is from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and details for the festival can be found on their website. For details on Wassail Stops, visit the Events page on this website.

Have fun in downtown and come back to see us!

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30th

As you prepare your shopping trips this busy weekend, remember to support your local businesses on Small Business Saturday.  Local businesses are a major part of the local economy and they are more likely to invest their dollars locally.  Denton businesses are very generous to the Denton community and the many local charities and non-profits they support. What a great way to show thanks this season by patronizing them.

Wassail Fest is around the corner on Dec. 6th and the Wassail Stop list is up on the Events page. Check it out, as it will be updated this week with more.

There is always something happening in Historic Downtown Denton. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! See you around the square and beyond.

Let's go Wassailing - on the 13th

Due to the inclement weather in North Texas the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival had to cancel the festival that was set for Dec. 6th.  However, WASSAIL FEST WILL BE on FRIDAY, DEC. 13th with more than 25 Wassail Stops waiting to serve up their best recipes.  The time is still 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Denton. PLEASE NOTE, this is not a reschedule of the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. The streets will not be closed and the Wassail Stops are in the participating stores. PLEASE USE CAUTION crossing the streets and on sidewalks.  

What is Wassailing? It is a tasting event you don't want to miss in downtown Denton.  Tasting is free and open to all ages.  The Wassail Stop list is up on the Events page of this site and will be updated as we confirm all the stops that are rescheduling to Dec. 13th. Check it out and get the scoop on all the fun this Friday in downtown Denton at the 15th Annual Wassail Fest. Updates for the events and Wassail stops are also being posted on our Events page of this site. See the Events page for full list.

First Friday will also be taking place that night, so see what is up with First Friday as you make your Wassail Stops on W. Oak Street.

And, check out our great holiday shopping and dining fun all month long. There is a great video on the Events page. See you around the square - and beyond!

Downtown Denton shops and businesses extend holiday hours

After thawing out, North Texans are ready to get back to business.  Several downtown stores have extended their holiday shopping hours starting this weekend through Christmas Eve. Come shop, dine and be merry!

See the list of stores on the Events page of this website for the businesses that are open on Sundays and into evening hours through Christmas Eve. For a full list of member restaurants and shops in downtown Denton, please refer to Shopping and Dining pages on our site.  Please call the individual stores or restaurants to clarify the hours if you have questions.

Ring in the New Year in downtown Denton

Celebrate the new year in downtown Denton with dining and entertainment around every corner.  Check out the venues on our website, or check out DentonLive.com, DiscoverDenton.com and our Facebook page to see what is happening in downtown Denton.

Downtown Denton businesses are also offering some specials to Mean Green fans who will be watching the Heart of Dallas Bowl, or taking the train to the game. Catch the excitement in downtown Denton. For a list of businesses offering specials, visit this link on the CVB's website,

http://www.discoverdenton.com/heart-dallas-bowl/

Have a happy, safe and prosperous New Year!

You name it - it's happening in Downtown Denton

First Friday is the first stop for art fun and shopping this February.  The West Oak Street shops and galleries, including A Creative Art Studio and SCRAP, are the hosts every first Friday of the month offering a night full of music, art demos, exhibits and shopping, along with some refreshments and good company. Other downtown galleries joining First Friday on February 7th, include UNT Gallery on the Square, 109 Elm Street, and The DIME Store, 510 S. Locust Street. 

So what else is going on with First Friday this month?  A Creative Art STUDIO is doing a Steampunk event complete with a Steampunk fashion costume contest and a prize for the best outfit.  They will also have four artists featuring metal, beading, gelatin prints and steampunk jewelry displays, as well as two live musicians.  SCRAP will have refreshments and a make and take Valentine project. Check out the First Friday details on all the stops at www.firstfridaydenton.com or their Facebook page First Friday Denton Tx. 

Thin Line Film Music Festival showcases award-winning documentaries , short films, live music and more in various downtown Denton venues over 5 days, February 12-16.  The schedule of all the films and concerts, as well as ticket information, can be found at www.thinlinefilmfest.com.  Some downtown Denton merchants will be welcoming festival attendees with specials and offers. 

This Valentine's Day, don't forget to shop, dine, and be entertained in downtown Denton. Your sweetheart will love it!

Celebrate Mardi Gras on Walnut this Friday, February 28, from 5 p.m to 11 p.m.  The festive activities will be located at the 100 block of Walnut Street between Elm and Locust.  Come to the party for some Mardi Gras fun, Cajun-style food, jazz and zydeco music, a  mini-wagon float parade, face-painting, mask-making, late night shopping at select stores and more details to come. 

See you around downtown...


 

 

Welcome Thin Line Film & Music Festival

Welcome to all the guests of the Thin Line Film & Music Festival!

As the program ad mentioned, please check for special promotions for Thin Line Film & Music Festival ticketed guests here.  You need to show a Thin Line lanyard, wristband or program to receive the following specials (limit one time only, one per ticketed person). 

Offers valid only through February 12th – 16th:

Atomic Candy, 105 W. Hickory, 10% off purchase.  (One time per ticketed person and not to be combined with any other offers).


Impressions by DSSLC, 105 ½ W. Hickory, 10% off on any purchase of handmade ceramic products. (One time per ticketed person and not to be combined with any other offers).


Weldon's Saddle Shop & Western Wear, 345 E. Hickory, is offering 10% off entire purchase. (One time per ticketed person and not to be combined with any other offers).


Thai Square Restaurant, 209 W Hickory Suite 104, FREE complimentary VEGETABLE SPRING ROLL with purchase (DINE-IN ONLY, One spring roll per person. Cannot be combined with any other offer)

Garden Gate, 121 N. Elm, is offering 25% off a single item. (One time per ticketed person and not to be combined with any other offers).

Gold Mine BBQ, 222 W.Hickory #100, offering 10% off entire order (One time per ticketed person and not to be combined with any other offers).

Amyx Fine Jewerly, 222 W. Hickory, Ste. 101, offering 10% off any purchase one-time during the festival holders (One time and not to be combined with any other offers).

The Kathy Glasschroeder Agency - Come by my office for a FREE - NO OBLIGATION quote for auto insurance any day during the festival.  Office: 940-382-5600 (located in the Texas Building)


Offers are good for one person, ONE-time only and cannot be combined with any other offer. 

Mardi Gras on Walnut Friday, Feb. 28th!

Some downtown Denton merchants are closing off the 100 block of Walnut Street this Friday, Feb. 28, to let the good times roll! Mardi Gras on Walnut, the ultimate block party, being sponsored by downtown restaurants, businesses and individuals sharing this block of Historic Downtown Denton –-and beyond. Family-friendly activities begin at 5 p.m. Live Dixieland music starts up on the outdoor main stage at 7 p.m., in the center of Walnut Street, and will keep this downtown block dancing until 11 p.m.

More than a dozen booths will offer Community Market shopping, face painting, mask-making, Cajun-style food, such as a Crawfish Boil, Louisiana Meat Pies, Beignets, and Mardi Gras-inspired ice cream sundaes. Jugglers from the local group Juggling & Flow Art will entertain the crowd, along with other “Second Line” entertainers. Included in the entertainment will be three Mardi Gras contests (Masks, Costumes and Mini-Wagon Floats). In cooperation with this event, select downtown businesses will extend their hours.  (Specifications for the wagon floats are pullable wagons, no longer than 6 feet, decorated New Orleans style).

The Main Stage bands include:

Dixieland Jazz by Ron & the Rowdies

Gypsy Jazz by Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton

Zydeco by Woody's Rampage

Mardi Gras on Walnut is sponsored by AccessBankTexas and proceeds benefit the Music Theatre of Denton, a volunteer, 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

For more details and updates, visit the Sweetwater Grill & Tavern page on Facebook.  Walnut Street will be closed to motor vehicles for the day and evening.

March events get you out and about in downtown Denton

First Friday is the first stop in downtown Denton this month for art fun and shopping on March 7th.  The West Oak Street shops and galleries, including A Creative Art Studio and SCRAP, are the hosts every first Friday of the month offering a night full of music, art demos, exhibits and shopping, along with some refreshments and good company. Other downtown galleries joining First Friday on March 7th, include UNT Gallery on the Square, 109 Elm Street.

So what else is going on with First Friday this month? A Creative Art STUDIO features music by Sam Baker, art by Tina Alvarez and "Dollar a Minute Portraits" by Bailey Parrish.  SCRAP will have refreshments and a project. And, UNT Gallery on the Square, 109 Elm St., will host an artist's reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. .See more First Friday details on all the stops at www.firstfridaydenton.com or their Facebook page: First Friday Denton Tx.

Come downtown during Spring Break for some great shopping, dining and strolling.  There's always something happening!

Paint the town green this St. Patrick's Day in downtown Denton

Downtown Denton is a great place to come celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  The many stores, restaurants, and night clubs host fun events and specials to celebrate the day.  See listings of any one of the member businesses listed on the Shopping, Dining or Entertainment pages of this website and click on their website links to check out specials and events in the various downtown establishments this week and on St. Patrick's Day.

Go green in downtown Denton!

Spring has arrived in downtown Denton

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

The fun abounds around downtown on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6thas the merchants of the Denton Main Street Association open their doors for a Spring Open House event.  This weekend offers something special in downtown’s array of places for shopping, dining and entertainment all weekend.   

“Spring Open House weekend is a good chance for people to come down and take advantage of the extended store and restaurant hours with locally-owned businesses before the busiest time the season hits with special occasions like Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations, and other events that might require a special gift or maybe making arrangements for a special dinner or lunch event,” explained Traci Davis, owner of Garden Gate and Retail Promotions Chair for the Denton Main Street Association. 

Downtown stores and restaurants will be hosting their annual Spring Open House with extended hours on Saturday, April 5thfrom 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 6th, Noon to 5 p.m. (Some store hours may vary).  Come snack, shop and stroll to check out great boutique buys, fine cuisine, restaurant specials, hidden treasures, books, sweet treats, arts and antiques in the many merchant establishments around downtown.  More than 40 stores and restaurants are participating in this special weekend. Check out their websites and Facebook pages, too, for their specials and events during the weekend.

For a complete list of stores and restaurants participating, visit the Event page on this website. Look for more details on the Downtown Denton - Denton Main Street Association Facebook page, too.

Happy Birthday Denton County!

The Denton County Historical Commission Presents:
Denton County Heritage Festival
Saturday, April 12, 2014 -- 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
At the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square

 

Denton County has a rich history that is loved by its citizens. The Denton County Historical Commission will present part of that history this Saturday during the Denton County Hertiage Festival, commemorating the history of eras past.  This year the commission is remembering the 1861-1877.

The event will feature re-enactors bringing to life Denton County officials of the era, Civil War soldiers (both Union and Confederate), cowboys who played a significant role in the era, and singers and musicians who will perform songs and music of the period.

The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. sharp with a welcome from County Judge Mary Horn, followed by a concert featuring music and songs of the era by the Denton Community Band, the a cappella singing group Vocal Magic, and the bluegrass music of the Montague County Volunteers. 

Some downtown stores will even commemorate the period with window displays representing the businesses that were in that location during the era.  Stroll the square and see what used to be there so many years ago.

Other events include activities on the lawn from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with children and adults having fun hearing storytellers recount tales from the past; visiting Union and Confederate camps; and enjoying the wares presented by the Denton Community Market. 

During those same hours, the historic Courthouse on the Square will be open to the public. Inside, visitors can see the exhibits in the Courthouse Museum and, in the halls of the Courthouse, peruse the historic exhibits from area communities that existed during the years 1861-1877.

At 1:00 p.m. the action moves indoors, to the historic Commissioners Courtroom, for a Mini-Chautauqua featuring Stephen Foster songs sung by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane, accompanied by harpist Ellen Ritscher Sackett, and more storytellers.   

According to Festival Co-Chair Deborah Boone, the Denton County Heritage Festival will be an annual event, focusing each year on a different era of the county’s past: “We want to keep our citizens aware of the history of Denton County, to remember the men, women, and children who came before us, the circumstances in which they lived, and the effects that their lives had on our county. Many of those effects reverberate even to the present day. If we don’t know our past and learn from it, we can never really understand our present and live wisely in it.”

The event is sponsored by the Denton County Historical Commission and numerous partners.  For more information on this event, please visit their Facebook page at ww.facebook.com/DentonCountyHeritageFestival.

Come check out downtown Denton - always something happening!

Rock around the block at Twilight Tunes

Denton Main Street Association presents its award-winning concert series in downtown Denton starting at the end of April this year.  The concert event sets the tone for fun downtown every Thursday beginning Thursday, April 24th at 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will run 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. 

Join 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 is FREE.  Bring your friends and family, get a meal-to-go from one of the many downtown eateries, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown Denton.  Some shops will remain open up untl the concerts begin and during the concerts so you can enjoy the full experience of downtown Denton.  A list of shops will be posted soon.

The 2014 series offers an eclectic assortment of music for all listeners.  Thursday Twilight Tunes is the perfect way to kick off the weekend early and listen to some of the best local bands in the Denton area.  A full schedule for Twilight Tunes is on the Events page of this website. The event happens rain or shine. Check the website and Facebook page for any updates on the rain location if the concert is moved due to potential inclement weather or conditions that will not allow it to be held outdoors.

Tunes continue this summer through July 4th

School is out for the summer, so come celebrate with High School Caesar and their Rock-A-Billy sound! This week's sponsor for tonight's Twilight Tunes is Jupiter House, so while you're enjoying the sounds of High School Caesar stop by Jupiter House and Grab yourself a delicious iced coffee or freshly made smoothie.

Don't forget that this week is kicking off the second half of the Twilight Tunes concert series, so we will now move over to the Locust St. side of the  courthouse for a little extra shade on these summer days. Also tonight the University of North Texas is shooting their new Mean Green Football season ticket commercial, so we highly encourage you to wear your green to show support!

High School Caesar and all of tonight's activities start at 6:30 pm on the Locust St. side of the courthouse lawn. Bring your lawn chairs, grab a bite to-go from any downtown restaurant, and get your perfect spot early!








 

Father's Day Sidewalk Sale

Father's Day Sidewalk Sale

Father's Day Sidewalk Sale this Friday June 14th and Saturday June 15th. Come shop on the Denton Square and beyond! Whether you're looking for a last minute Father's Day gift or just looking for something to do, come join us on either day. There are several shops participating in this year's sidewalk sale. If you're shopping for a Father's day gift or just a gift for yourself, visit Circa 77 Vintage Boutique, County Seat Antiques, The Courthouse Collection, la di da, or Garden Gate. Other places you could look for a Father's day gift are Noles General Store, Serendipity, Shop The Barn, and W. Douglas Antiques. If you get hungry while shopping during the Father's Day Sidewalk Sale, be sure to stop by Gold Mine BBQ for a fantastic meal. So come hang out with your pop and shop until you drop at the Father's Day Sidewalk Sale.

Twilight Tunes has moved locations tonight (6/12) to Dan's Silverleaf

Tonight Twilight Tunes has changed locations to Dan's Silverleaf due to the rain. While we cannot be outdoors due to wet conditions and forecasts, the show by Chris Watson still promises to be great. Make sure to join us tonight for the souther soul sounds of Chris Watson from 6:30-8:00 at Dan's Silverleaf. The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) will still be at Dan's Silverleaf, make sure you bring in your gasoline receipts and get a week free of unlimited regional transit for June 16th through the 21st!

Twilight Tunes keeps rocking this Thursday!

Join us Thursday June 19th from 6:30-8:00pm on the courthouse lawn for another night of Twilight Tunes. This Twilight Tune's features Gravity Feed, a Jazz/Funk/Pop band, and Thursday night's sponsor is the Denton Community Theater. If you're a fan of live theater, make sure you stop by Twilight Tunes to hear more information. As a special treat join the cast of the upcoming musical to hit DCT's stage Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story, at the beginning of Twilight Tunes for a sneak peek of Buddy Holly and The Crickets!

While you're listening to Gravity Feed rock the courthouse lawn, make sure you look for our bucket brigade. Our bucket brigade consists of 4 kids that walk around the lawn taking donations for the Denton Main Street Association. If the bucket misses you or you miss it, make sure to stop by the DMSA table to donate or just say hello!

Gravity Feed and all of the activities begin at 6:30pm on the Locust side of the courthouse lawn. So make sure you grab some food from your favorite restaurant on the square, and get to the courthouse lawn to snag your perfect spot!  

The Tunes Continue This Thursday

Don't miss a thing at the last few concerts of the Twilight Tunes series! Join us on the courthouse lawn, Thursday June 26th at 6:30 for a crowd favorite, the Bonnie and Nick Norris Band. Bonnie and Nick have been playing Twilight Tunes since the very first year! For those of you reading who don't know who the Bonnie and Nick Norris Band is they are a brother and sister duo who began performing as kids around Denton. They don't classify themselves as just one genre. When asked Bonnie said "we play a mix of music ranging from acoustic and country to jazz and blues." Make sure to come out Thursday and see the duo rock the square.

If you're feeling inspired after Twilight Tunes come back downtown and stop by Thursday night's sponsor McBride's Music and Pawn Shop to pick up everything you need to create your own tunes. They have tons of instruments including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, amplifiers and all the accessories you may need!

At Twilight Tunes on Thursday Denton Main Street Association is hosting a social media contest. Whoever posts a picture at Twilight Tunes (of the band, sponsor, crowd, your family and friends!) post it on your favorite form of social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) tag @dentonmsa and hashtag #twilighttunes #dentonmsa #DMSA. The way to win is by having your picture you posted liked or favorite as many times as possible. By 7:30 we will check all forms of our social media, tally up all the likes and favorites; the person with the most favorites or likes wins an awesome Twilight Tunes tee-shirt! So make sure you let all of your friends know to look out for your photo Thursday night so they can help you win!

Bonnie and Nick Norris Band and all of the activities begin at 6:30pm on the Locust Side of the courthouse lawn. So make sure you grab some food from your favorite restaurant downtown, and get to the courthouse lawn to snag your perfect spot! Don't forget to start following us on Instagram and Twitter! Don't forget about the social media contest; good luck!

Customer Appreciation this month keeps the fun rolling downtown

Customer Appreciation this month keeps the fun rolling downtown

This July join the shops on the square and beyond for Customer Appreciation month! Every Wednesday in July join the shops on the around the square offering specials in appreciation for all of you! Every week participating merchants will  have different sales and discounts on certain items and some will offer special drawings, even for a grand prize basket! So, look up the details weekly on DMSA's carious social media or check with each participating merchant to find out what is on special.

This is only the second year the shops have had a Customer Appreciation month so make sure to come check out all the sales and make this month bigger and better than ever! For updates, follow DMSA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and keep up with DMSA"s blog to find out who is offering a deal. The shops participating, along with Denton Main Street Association, will post specials for the week on the website and Social Media sites early in the week, each week.

Participating businesses include:

Cartwright's

Barefoot Campus Apparel

Weldon's

The DIME Store

North Texas Vapor Shop

Gold Mine BBQ

The Courthouse Collection

Serendipity on the Square

Garden Gate

Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain

la di da

Impressions by DSSLC

Noles General Store

Circa77

Amyx Fine Jewelry

McBrides Music and Pawn

Smiling Moose

When you are done shopping, come back downtown for the last two Twilight Tunes concerts of the series, Thursday, July 3rd at 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the east/ Locust Street side and back the next morning on Friday, July 4th at 10 a.m. on the west/ Elm Street side. See the Events page of our website for more information on Twilight Tunes and upcoming downtown events.

Thank you for another successful Twilight Tunes

     Another year of Twilight Tunes has come and gone and it was a great year! We want to thank everybody who has made this year’s series possible. This was Twilight Tunes 21st series and we couldn't’t be more excited about how it continues to grow.

      Twilight Tunes is only possible with the help of our generous sponsors and donations. Our sponsors are the key to the success of Twilight Tunes success, so it’s only fitting to recognize them for all they do. Every Thursday before the band started to play you heard mentions of sponsoring businesses for each week of Twilight Tunes which included: Denton Record Chronicle, First United Bank, North Star Bank of Texas, Ben E. Keith Beverages, Beth Marie’s Ice Cream, First State Bank, University of North Texas Athletics, and Texas Woman's University with the support of a grant from the Greater Denton Arts Council, The Arts Guild of Denton,Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

     There were also a feature sponsors each week, which included: The Abbey Inn, Cartwright’s Ranch House, Beth Marie’s Ice Cream, Dan’s Silver Leaf, Denton Community Market, Denton Community Theatre, DentonRadio.com, Jupiter House, McBride’s Music & Pawn, Mellow Mushroom, More Fun Comics & Games, with the support of Hutcherson Insurance. These sponsors are the reason we can have Twilight Tunes every Thursday night, and for that we are extremely grateful.

      Of course the reason all of you go to Twilight Tunes is to hangout on the beautiful downtown Denton Square and listen to some great music. This year we have had some amazing bands playing a different genre every week. Every one of the bands that play at Twilight Tunes have a connection to Denton - they were either born here or moved to Denton as fast as they could. The bands that kept downtown full of music every Thursday included: Lydia Low, Los Patos Poderosos, The Bird Dogs, The Poor Kings, Jeff Glover, Joe Pat Hennen, & Bryan Houser, A Taste of Herb – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Tribute Band, High School Caesar, Chris Watson, Gravity Feed, Bonnie & Nick Norris Band, Bone Doggie and the HSH Band, and the JR Byrd Band!

     Just because the Twilight Tunes series is ending doesn’t mean that all the fun of the square is ending. The next big event is Arts, Antiques and Autos on September 13th, so stay "tuned" to on all the downtown happenings through this blog and all of our social media pages!

Arts, Antiques, & Autos is fast approaching

Arts, Antiques, & Autos is fast approaching

Cars and trucks and motorcycles, oh my!

Join us September 13, 2014 at 9am for the 15th annual Arts, Antiques & Autos! Polish up and bring out your cars, trucks, and motorcycles, this year we have the option for you to register your vehicle in the show online – just to our Events page on this site and click on the link under Arts, Antiques & Autos or you can print out the form and send it in! Entry fee is $20 up to Sept. 5th; $25 Sept. 6th -13th. Pre-registration is encouraged – the first 150 entrants get a free t-shirt!

Want to show off your artistic ability during this day of fun look no further than Chalk Fest! Registration and guidelines are available on our events page. You are encouraged to Pre-register by 9/12/14. Entry fee is $10 for the 18 Years & Up; $5 for 12-17 Year-Olds; and $5 for 7 - 11 Year-Olds; 6 & Under is FREE. Cash prizes will be awarded to 3 age categories, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners in the 6 & Under category wins certificates for free cone at Beth Marie’s Ice Cream; so bring your 'A' game!

There will also be "Attic Treasure" Information Appraisals which will be conducted in some of downtown's stores with specialists available to provide information on general antiques and collectibles, including art, jewelry, clocks, china, silver, glass, and general antiques. Limit of 3 items, please no furniture or photos of items. Appraisals are $5 per item or 3 for $10.

There will be a silent auction inside the courthouse starting at 9 am and ending at 2pm with fantastic merchandise from the shops on the square and beyond. If you are interested in being a vendor at Arts, Antiques & Autos you can visit our events page on this site and print and fill out the vendor application. There is also still time to sign up to be a sponsor at Arts, Antiques & Autos; you will also find the sponsor form on our events page.

There are lots of fun activities happening during AAA, so stay up to date on all things Arts, Antiques & Autos by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and checking our website for current blogs about this event! Stay tuned for more updates and fun tidbits of what to expect at the show from games and entertainment to food and shopping. See you there!

"Little d" Bike Racks

Did you know that riding your bike not only helps you to be active, but you will also get to see parts of Denton that people driving cars will not. When you’re riding your bike around our beautiful city and see a store that catches your eye, you want to go in and look around, but you can’t just leave your bike unattended so what do you do? Have no fear, The City of Denton has solved that problem! Introducing the new “Little d” bike racks located on the Courthouse sidewalk of Elm and Oak Street. These bike racks were unveiled on April 24th prior to Thursday nights Twilight Tunes. The bike racks are a representation of Denton’s passion for music; designed as an eighth note within the lowercase d.

If you’re in love with the “Little d” bike racks like we are, you can thank Denton local Sean Starr, who donated the design. Denton has received a grant thanks to the Denton Downtowners’ proposal for several more bike racks around Denton. When the E. Hickory renovation is complete, it is possible that you will see a few sets of the “Little d” bike racks.

If you feel safer on two feet instead of on two wheels that’s okay, walking is a good way to help you get active as well. Even if you walk instead of bike, stop by the corner of Oak and Elm and check out the new “Little d” bike racks. Whether you are walking or biking you may get to see something you have never noticed when you were driving in your car, such as a mural, beautiful building or bike rack. If you live too far from the Denton Square, there are parking places that are a walkable distance so you could still explore this beautiful city.

While talking to Christina Davis, Marketing Specialist for City of Denton Economic Development/Downtown Development, she explained to me that the “Little d” bike racks are in a test phase at the corner of Oak and Elm, to make sure their location does not obstruct views. Expect to see more “Little d” bike racks in the future!