Fort Worth locals flowed to the Southside on Saturday for the fall edition of ArtsGoggle, presented by Fort Worth South, Inc. Nearly 200 artists and 50 bands packed 60 venues along Magnolia and 8th street while Near Southside businesses transformed into pop-up venues for local artists.
In 2005, at the time of the second annual ArtsGoggle, I was listing The Lofts on Fairmount – a then-new cluster of townhomes built by Urban Dwellings. We opened two of the vacant units as galleries for the budding ArtsGoggle and very cool vendor, Buckaroo Art. I was lucky to experience then what a cool and different event this was for Magnolia Ave and the city of Fort Worth.
This fall marked 10 years for the growing bi-annual festival, which has brought new life and a funky vibe to the evolving urban area. Growing with both the bands and attendance this go around were the transportation options, as the Molly Trolley offered free rides and the new Fort Worth B Cycle turned its wheels for half price.
If you are interested in participating as a musician, artist or vendor host for the Spring Arts Goggle you can submit here.
If you didn’t make it out for the FREE festival, it’s not too late to shop some of the vendors and support your local businesses! Below are a few picks that I love or plan to check out. What are your Near Southside Favorites?
Lulu’s Unique Shop
A mobile vintage shop, operating out of a 1969 Airstream trailer.
Words on Wheels (WoW) is a reclaimed school bus filled with hundreds of books to enjoy or take home. The coolest part? There’s no charge and you don’t even have to bring the books back. You can also donate books or simply hang out and read in the bus.
Cocanour Studio & Gallery
207 S. Jennings Ave.
Jeffrey Paul Cocanour’s latest collection consists of original paintings representing Historic Fort Worth.
Stir Crazy Baked Goods
106 E. Daggett Ave.
Delicious cakes, cookie bars, breakfast breads, and other goodies. These baked goods are made with tried and true all natural ingredients like organic flour and locally produced butter and eggs.
801 W. Magnolia Ave.
Known as “the locals living room” this Southside coffee house, pub and eatery serves specialty craft beverages, and offers a seasonal menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
711 W Magnolia
A quaint place with a small-plate food menu approach. Love the food. Love the service. Love the bar – drinks are made from fresh fruit!
The Usual Bar
1408 W. Magnolia Avenue
A mixology bar that uses fresh and exotic ingredients. Love this place!