Deep Ellum, one of Dallas’ most iconic neighborhoods, continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary with a year-long slate of events showcasing the rich cultural heritage that makes it a true gem of Dallas. From art shows and live music performances to food festivals and block parties, Deep Ellum is offering something for everyone.
Known as the “birthplace of the blues in Texas,” the district just east of downtown Dallas regularly buzzes with live music, street art, galleries, restaurants, clubs, and culturally creative retail.
Deep Ellum’s history of helping to shape and influence the Dallas community goes back to 1873. But this year’s birthday celebration is bringing something new to the district, the opening of the Deep Ellum Community Cultural Center.
The year-long celebration, which we previewed last November, continues with a just-announced signature event, a Juneteenth celebration that pays tribute to the African American community’s vital role in shaping the neighborhood and the nation.
Since the beginning of the year, the neighborhood, local organizations, businesses, and residents have joined forces to offer a fun-filled schedule of events and openings. Here’s what’s on tap for April and May—and beyond.
Art in the City Walking Tour on April 20
Deep Ellum is celebrating the arts in April for Arts Month by putting artists in the spotlight. Art has a special place in Deep Ellum’s history and culture which will be highlighted through a mural walking tour with the “godfather of Deep Ellum murals,” Frank Campagna.
Deep Ellum is home to more than 150 murals and the walking tour offers an opportunity to showcase local artists’ talent.
The Deep Ellum Foundation and Discover Deep Ellum are preparing for the walking tour of a selection of Deep Ellum’s colorful murals. The tour is scheduled for Thursday, April 20, and will be led by Campagna.
Organizers said the tour celebrates the visual art so distinctive to Deep Ellum. A special partnership event with the Deep Ellum Wine Walk, the murals tour also will feature more than 15 local businesses and offer a signature glass of wine.
Deep Ellum Community Arts Fair May 27-29
On May 27-29, Deep Ellum will wrap up the Memorial Day weekend with the inaugural Deep Ellum Community Arts Fair (DECAF). It’s a community-run three-day event. The fair will offer attendees a chance to explore the vibrant and eclectic culture of Deep Ellum while supporting a variety of local artists, artisans, musicians, performers, and neighborhood businesses.
The event will be on Crowdus Street between two main stages, a venue that will allow attendees to navigate streets filled with art, music, poetry, and more.
Juneteenth Block Party
The Deep Ellum Foundation will host a Juneteenth Block Party from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 18 (Father’s Day) on Main Street between Good-Latimer and Crowdus.
The lineup for the Juneteenth Block Party is set, and Deep Ellum will bring together local, regional, and national artists to celebrate Juneteenth.
The district said that Jess Garland, Cure for Paranoia, and Dezi 5 will be joined by Jada Arnell, Ei8th Notes Band, and Jayson Lyric, with DJ Lex in the Box providing the sounds.
R&B group Dru Hill, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will headline the district’s inaugural Juneteenth concert that will spotlight black music and culture. Sisqo and all six former members of the group will reunite to perform their greatest hits on Main Street.
“Talent in Deep Ellum is even more remarkable than people might realize,” Dezi 5 said.
The free and family-friendly event that will also feature more than 25 black-owned business vendors as well as a special Black History exhibit that will be open to the public.
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