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25 things you must do at the Main St. arts fest

What’s your favorite thing about the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival?
Posted 11:04am on Wednesday, Apr. 07, 2010

We here at DFW.com are Main St. Maniacs. So much so, that our friends and families are beginning to talk intervention. But hey, our obsession is your gain. We'll be attending the annual arts festival all four days and are happy to share our Main St. game plan, which we are happily calling The 25 Things You Must Do at the 25th Edition of the Main St. Arts Festival. (Truth is, we could have come up with a bunch more, but we didn't want our parents to worry.):

25 - Cruise the art booths early Thursday. It's the best time to linger and chat up artists without getting swallowed up by the Friday-Saturday hordes.

24 - Eat your first Bahama Mama (12 tickets) at Schmidt's in the Chisholm Trail Lot, at Fourth and Main streets. Prepare for eyes to roll back in head.

23 - Watch 'Lucky Bob' juggle his ass off. Try to distract him by asking, "You feelin' lucky, Bob?"

22 - Get your face painted like an Avatar in the children's area near the courthouse. If they don't do Avatar, we'll settle for Spider-Man.

21 - See a tribute band. Beatlegras performs at 5:30 p.m. Friday; Naked Lunch (Steely Dan), 12:30 pm. Sunday; Me and My Monkey (Beatles), 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

20 - Buy some funky jewelry. Serena Kojimoto, an L.A. artist at booth 461, is a great place to start.

19 - Stare at the robo-scultpures of Lewis Tardy, booth 464. His biomechanical metal sculptures are freakin' awesome, and when we grow up and get real jobs, we will buy one.

18 - Eat your first giant Turkey Leg (14 tickets) while ...

17 - Watch the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei (1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday and throughout the weekend). Be careful not to choke in amazement.

16 - Get your drink on. Start happy hour early Friday with one of those famed white wine margaritas (15 tickets for the large) or check out the new Times Ten Wine Tent, just behind Flying Saucer. Or, have a beer at FS.

15 - Rock out with Foe Destroyer, which is 4/5ths of one of our favorite Denton bands that recently broke up, Oso Closo. They play Friday at 3:30 p.m.

14 - Download the new Main St. iPhone app. Your friends will be so impressed.

13 - Do us a solid and grab a copy of DFW.com INK. And be camera-ready when one of our photographers asks you to smile for DFW.com party pics!

12 - Eat second Bahama Mama, followed by a funnel cake (11 tickets). You're in full-on festival mode now.

11 - Meet the Composting King. At 11 a.m. Saturday, UT-Arlington's environmental expert John Darling will lead a composting session in the Sundance Square food court. All that excess has to go somewhere, right?

10 - Flip your way through the block-print art of Kreg Yingst (booth 519), where you'll find the likes of Robert Johnson, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan done in unique vintage-poster style.

9 - Get all swoony to the dusty voice of Kelly Willis (she's been called alt country's golden goddess), and then chase down a little spice with the "Texican" rock of Los Lonely Boys, Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m.

8 - Locate the two German Kettle Popcorn stands (at First and Main and Fourth and Main), then snarf and savor every last kernel of its salty-sweet perfection (small bag, 10 tickets; large, 18 tickets).

7 - Show some love to an emerging artist, like Alyssa Flores of Fort Worth (booth 356). Her photos are breathtaking. She's among a select group of young North Texas artists invited to show at this prestigious festival.

6 - Climb the rock wall. After all those Bahama Mamas and funnel cakes, you need to burn a few calories.

5 - Experience nuclear polka at its finest. The beloved and ubiquitous Brave Combo plays at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, and we dare you not to smile.

4 - Make a deal. If you haven't already bought that painting or piece of sculpture that you had your eye on, because the price tag is too high, Sunday is the day to drive a hard bargain with a weary artist who doesn't want to schlep home that giant piece of yard art. Hey, it could work.

3 - Eat one more Bahama Mama. A year is a long time to go without Schmidt's!! If you insist on being different, you could try some Reata tenderloin tamales (14 tickets). Or some new Main St. food vendors, like Embargo's Tortas Cubanas (14 tickets) or even Kincaid's hamburgers (14 tickets). Did we mention that our diet begins Monday?

2 - People watch: It doesn't cost a dime, and the Main St. crowds are among the most eclectic and entertaining you'll find anywhere.

1 - Bask in the beauty of downtown Fort Worth. The weather is supposed to be ideal -- 60s and 70s and sunny. Stroll along the bricks, peruse the fine art like a high-minded critic, indulge in the fair food and sweet margaritas, enjoy some free music and street entertainers and just embrace the charm of Main St. See ya out there.

Festival facts

Where: Main Street, downtown Fort Worth

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Free. Food coupons $8 for a strip of 12 or 75 cents each.

Info: www.mainstreetartsfest.org

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