Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival

Near Southside Arts - Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival

Mar 19, 2022

Fort Worth is a city with a rich, diverse musical history and a thriving arts community. The Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival was created to deepen the history and broaden the local arts scene by sowing the seeds of a new music community, and placing Fort Worth in the vanguard bringing awareness to an often forgotten piece of America's musical history.

Join us for performances from award-winning artists from around the country representing the African American past, present, and future of old time, jug band, early blues, jazz, and beyond!

Southside Preservation Hall 1519 Lipscomb St

ArtsGoggle 2022 presented by Trinity Metro

Near Southside Arts - ArtsGoggle 2022 presented by Trinity Metro


Premier festival of local artist ArtsGoggle is Fort Worth's premier festival of local arts. This free-to-the-public, family-friendly event annually hosts more than 1,000 visual artists, 50 musical performances, artistic displays of every kind, food, drink, and fun for everyone. Unlike any event in Fort Worth, the festival exclusively focuses on highlighting the work of local artists, musicians, and performers of all media and experience levels. ArtsGoggle attracts a crowd of 60,000+ patrons that are as diverse as the event's Near Southside neighborhood. Visitors are invited to park their cars and rediscover this revitalized urban district by Trinity Metro transit, by foot, or by bicycle, including Fort Worth Bike Sharing bikes.

ArtsGoggle now has a NEW DATE: April 23, 2022.


What is Near Southside Arts?

It's an experience.

Near Southside Arts is a community-led effort to foster and celebrate the creative assets of Fort Worth's Near Southside. We are a vibrant and diverse community exploring, discovering and connecting unique and personalized experiences. Our specially-designated ecosystem supports all manners of creative pursuit. Your people are here.

Ignite recognition of Near Southside as the focal point of creativity and cultural expression.

The Near Southside Arts vision – our reason for being – is to be the focal point of creative expression in Fort Worth. It is a highly inspirational and aspirational brand vision, and one that is fitting given the profound impact we are capable of making. As an organization, we believe there is no pursuit more important than this one, because we believe the work we do–now and in the future–assists our artistic community to accomplish this status.

We have set out be recognized as a designated cultural district, but in truth, we always have been!

We want to set our sights on what matters - our people. Here are the goals we're dedicated to achieve:
  • Accelerate economic growth
  • Strengthen and expand our creative class
  • Expand and diversify cultural experiences
  • Strengthen district identity and appeal through placemaking
  • Improve access & mobility
  • Attract local, regional, and national visitors
  • Provide housing for all
  • Preserve and strengthen historic character & cultural heritage
  • Engage the Near Southside community in all initiatives and events
  • Proactively support diversity, equity & inclusion