About Arts & Autos


Denton Main Street Association Proudly presents the 20th annual Arts & Autos in Downtown Denton on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the square and beyond, 110 W. Hickory Street. Approximately 10,000 attendees check out hot rods, classic and custom cars, trucks and even motorcycles! Around 75+ trophies are given out in car, truck and motorcycle classes.  Plus, cash prizes for Best of Show winner in car, truck and motorcycle class. 

Attendees enjoy an array of activities throughout the day, including a silent auction inside the courthouse, fine arts/crafts vendors, hands-on arts/crafts and games, Chalk Fest and live music. (See event schedule below).

This year the Chalk Fest will attract approximately 100+ artists who draw some fantastic chalk drawings to add spark and life to the sidewalks downtown. Artists of all ages can contributed to a awesome display.

With all the activities and entertainment, this is the ideal way to spend a day or a weekend in Denton.  General admission to the event is FREE.  Check back to this page for any changes.  Entry deadlines and fees for entering a vehicle in the car show or entering the Chalk Fest competition are below.  

Pre-registration for the Car Show ends Sept. 10th, but watch the website for updates, as deadlines are subject to change based on availability.

Pre-registration for the Chalk Fest is open until Sept. 10th and day of registration is subject to availability. 

There is still time to sponsor this great event! The Arts & Autos Extravaganza is presented by the Denton Main Street Association and is made possible due to sponsorship from Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountian, Denton Media Company, First State Bank, First State Bank Exchange at NCTC, First United Bank, GSATi, Independent Bank, Swash Labs, and Radical Hospitality with the support of BCI Mechanical, Bill & Ann Ennis, Cartwright’s Ranch House, Point Bank and Peterbilt Motor Company.

Sponsorship, car entry and vendor information are below.

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Event Schedule

Vendors & Car, Truck, Motorcycle Show Open: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles in display around the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square and half-blocks off square.

Vendor Booths and Activities: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Courthouse Lawn

Fine Arts & Crafts Vendors; Kids’ Games & Crafts; Festival Foods

Chalk Art Fest Contest: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Competition takes place on West Oak Street (near Cedar and Elm Streets); all ages welcome! Top 3 winners in 3 age categories get cash prizes!

Pre-registration encouraged for Chalk Art Fest contest, entry fees for ages 7 and up. Judging begins at 2 pm. Check for rules and guidelines and entry form on website below.

Drawings stay on sidewalk until the rain washes them away, so the public is encouraged to watch the artists during the contest and view the drawings for hours and days following.

Please remember not to step on the drawings while they last on the sidewalks.

Silent Auction: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – 1 st Floor Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square

Bid on great downtown business gift certificates, entertainment packages, products, services and more!

Proceeds benefit the Denton Main Street Foundation (501c3 non-profit)

Bidding ends at 2 p.m. and item pick up and payment ends at 3 p.m.

Live Music: 9 am to 2:30 pm - Courthouse Lawn (Elm Street side)

Local musicians entertain throughout the day

9 am – Strolling musicians – Dave White & Link Chalon

10 am – The Lugnuts – Oldies/Classic Rock

11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Guitar George Trio – Swamp Blues

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Soul Patrol – Blues/Rock/80’s

Car Show and Chalk Fest Awards

2:30 to 3 p.m.— Elm Street side of courthouse lawn

Silent Auction proceeds will benefit the Denton Main Street Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit which supports the Denton

Arts Walk of Fame and other special projects. Festival proceeds benefit Denton Main Street Association, a non-profit 501 c 6 organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of historic Downtown Denton.


Need a place to stay while you are here? Visit DiscoverDenton.com for a list of hotels, motels, & B&Bs. And, check out this offer by Best Western Premier for special rate for Sept. 13th and an event t-shirt with your stay - book by Aug. 23, 2019.

Vehicle Registration

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



FOR 2019 TROPHY classes, VISIT:



I Madonnari, Italian for street painting, is a tradition that dates back 400+ years! An as we know a sidewalk is just a sidewalk until you have chalk in your hands, then a sidewalk becomes a canvas! Join us in Downtown Denton on September 14th for Chalk Fest, taking place during Arts & Autos, and watch the 200 Block of West Oak Street turn into a masterpiece.  Cash prizes will be given to the winner in each of the 3 age categories!

Age Categories

  • 18 - Years & Up: Entry Fee is $15 and includes a shirt.

    • Prizes: $200 First Place, $75 Second Place, $50 Third Place

  • 12 - 17 Years: Entry Fee is $5*.

    • Prizes: $100 First Place, $60 Second Place, $30 Third Place

      *Shirt can be added to the order on entry form for $7.

  • 7 - 11 Years: Entry Fee is $5*

    • Prizes: $30 First Place, $20 Second Place, $10 Third Place

      *Shirt can be added to the order on entry form for $7.

  • 6 Years & Under: Entry is FREE

    • Prizes: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners get a free cone at Beth Marie's

Registration Process

Click on the entry form below for registration and important information on Chalk Fest rules and other details. Chalk Fest check-in for pre-registered starts 7:45 am on Sept. 14th at 227 W. Oak ( A Creative Art Studio); artists should plan to start drawing at 9 am and finish by 2 pm. (Times for check-in subject to change. Please check website for updates before event).

Online registration has closed. Click on this printable PDF form that can be mailed in or dropped off with payment below.  

thank you to these chalk fest sponsors:

Ann & Bill Ennis

A Creative Art Studio

The Wright Artist

Norman Roscoe

Past Chalk-fest Entries

Event Sponsorship & Vendor Information

Interested in sponsoring the Denton Main Street Arts & Autos Extravaganza?  We have sponsorship levels starting at a Supporting level sponsorship of $50. However for more exposure, a Specialty, Feature, Presenting and Presenting Plus level sponsorship might be the right answer for your business. Levels vary and offer exposure of your business name listing and/or logo on some marketing material and promotional aspects of the Arts and Autos Extravaganza. The event has an attendance of 10,000+ people and/or approximately 15,000+ online unique impressions.

Arts & Autos is a favorite Downtown Denton event produced by the Denton Main Street Association.  It represents a great way to target a captive audience in more ways than one.  New sponsor forms for 2019 will be posted in Spring 2019.  

SPONSORS, the 2019 sponsorship information can be found using the Button below. 

 Sponsorships are still available for trophies and more. Final commitments are due not later than Aug. 8th, 2019 and payments are due by August 16, 2019. Please note, as deadlines approach, guarantee to be included in print might be limited on some promotional items. The sooner sponsors commit, the better. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to Contact Us we can answer any specific questions.

VENDORS.  - All vendor applications are reviewed prior to being accepted. Food vendor spaces are full. Click below for more information and the vendor form.  Once accepted, you may pay using the vendor payment cart at the bottom of the Vendor page.

Apply to become a vendor

Please note: Food Vendor Spaces are FULL. To download and submit a physical vendor application, please download the application by clicking the button below. All physical applications must be mailed to or delivered to the Discover Denton Welcome Center at 111 W Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201 by no later than July 10th, 2019.


Arts & Autos 2019 Extravaganza Sponsors

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