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Premier Fort Worth fall arts event postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

Premier Fort Worth fall arts event postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

Arts Goggle, Fort Worth Near Southside
ArtsGoggle attracts more than 70,000 patrons. Photo by Olaf Growald

With COVID-19 raging again, one of Fort Worth's biggest arts events has been kicked off the fall calendar, postponed to spring. ArtsGoggle, originally scheduled for October 16 in the Near Southside, will now take place April 23, 2022.

"Friends, this wasn’t what we hoped for, but in response to public health concerns and guided by our district’s health professionals, we have decided that we will not move forward with ArtsGoggle on October 16, 2021," organizers said in a September 14 email to patrons.

ArtsGoggle is Fort Worth's premier festival of local arts and attracts a crowd of more than 70,000 patrons. The nearly two-decades-old, family-friendly event annually hosts more than 1,000 visual artists, 50 musical performances, artistic displays of every kind, food, drink, and fun activations, primarily along Magnolia Avenue.

The festival exclusively focuses on highlighting the work of local artists, musicians, and performers of all mediums and experience levels.

The 2020 edition was canceled due to COVID-19, so 2021 was to have been a comeback. Arms jabbed and fingers crossed for 2022.

The Tarrant County health department currently classifies community spread level as "high." According to WFAA, COVID-19 patients currently make up 26 percent of the total hospital bed capacity.

All applications submitted for ArtsGoggle artists, food vendors, venues, and entertainers will be honored for the April date, organizers say. Applications will remain open until February 15, 2022 on their website

It's the second major Near Southside event to be canceled due to COVID concerns. The Kindness Duck Project, a nonprofit that touts itself as throwing "the world's largest rubber duck party" in the name of spreading kindness, rescheduled its planned July 24 party and festival to October 29-31, which would be just weeks after the original date of now-postponed ArtsGoggle.