ArtsGoggle started 17 years ago as the Near Southside's own indoor gallery night exhibition and remained almost exclusively indoors for the first decade before spilling out onto the street. In 2018, in tribute to ArtsGoggle's unique start, South Main Village businesses opened their doors in an all-day open house to show off the work of a wide array of local artists. This new ArtsGoggle feature expands the event to include more of the Near Southside and showcases fine art, music, experiential art, and unique programming inside each of the participating businesses ranging from breweries, bars and bakeries to creative firms, historic preservation projects and theaters.
Attracting a crowd of 60,000+, ArtsGoggle offers live music, artistic displays of every kind, food, drink, and fun for everyone. Unlike any event in Fort Worth, it exclusively focuses on highlighting the work of local artists, musicians and performers of all mediums and experience levels. ArtsGoggle prides itself in hosting a casual, approachable and vibrant environment to appreciate art and learn about the talents within our own community. For almost two decades, ArtsGoggle has been the launch pad for many artists showing their work for the first time. ArtsGoggle provides a supportive setting for both aspiring and professional visual artists to display, sell and seek comment on their artwork.
Embracing all arts, the event also boasts an impressive program of performance art and music. The 2018 ArtsGoggle featured more than 50 bands, many of which have members who live or work in the Near Southside. The entertainment at ArtsGoggle is diverse and showcases music from a variety of cultures and styles.