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David Minton

Spring in swing

Denton’s party in the park Friday

It’s this weekend: Denton’s biggest festival of the year.

The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is the city’s signal that spring has sprung. Should you wander into Quakertown Park during the last weekend of April, you’ll find the music flows from every direction. And the paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, fiber art and sculpture? They stretch from one end of the park to another. Bounce houses vault children back and forth, and everywhere you turn, you see old friends.

This year, the Denton Festival Foundation and its members — the Top Hands — bring jazz legend Al Jarreau to the Jazz Stage on Friday night, Asleep at the Wheel on Saturday and Brave Combo on Sunday.

While waiting, attendees can tour the children’s art tent and woodworking area, munch on festival foods, and stop by the seven stages — six outdoors and one inside the Denton Senior Center — to catch up-and-coming musicians (be they alt-country, traditional jazz, rock or something else altogether), as well as student ensembles, dance groups and other performers.

Wear sunscreen and sensible shoes. Oh, and bring a rain poncho — the festival will go on, rain or shine.

— Lucinda Breeding


What: Free, three-day family music and fine arts festival. Features six outdoor stages, one indoor stage, roving musicians and fine arts booths. Concessions are for sale in the park. See schedule on Page 10.

When: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St. Indoor booths and performances are inside the Denton Civic Center and the Denton Senior Center in the park.

Details: No pets (other than service dogs). No coolers allowed — concessions sales help keep the festival free.

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