City Sponsored Events

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The City of Denton provides sponsorship funds to support non-profit and civic-minded programs and organizations. These events help enhance the vitality of Denton, and enrich the quality of life for both locals and visitors.

Arts & Autos

Denton Main Street Association Website
Denton Main Street Association's Arts & Autos will feature classic cars and hot rods, live music, a chalk art competition, and vendors in downtown Denton's heart!

Dog Days of Denton

Denton Parks Foundation Website
A free family and pup-friendly event with vendors, food trucks, competitions, and educational opportunities. 

Denton Blues Festival

Denton Black Chamber of Commerce Website
The Denton Black Chamber of Commerce's 25th Annual Denton Blues Festival. A longstanding Denton tradition, the Blues Festival features live music, karaoke, arts and crafts, and more.

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival Website
Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is a free community event featuring 3,000 artists on six stages, with music, dance, arts, crafts, children’s activities, food, and drinks!

Denton's Day of the Dead Festival

Denton's Day of the Dead Festival Website
This multicultural, family-friendly festival pays homage to the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, the Fall season, and all things Halloween! Coffin races, lantern-lit twilight parade, games and activities for all ages, a salsa cook-off, pumpkin patch, street performers, and vendor booths featuring local art, crafts, and food.

Downtown Denton Turkey Trot

Denton Area Running Club Website
The Denton Area Running Club hosts this annual holiday event through the gorgeous TWU campus and the historic Downtown Denton Square. Includes a 5k walk/run and 1k Gobble Wobble. 

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival Website
The Denton Holiday Lighting Festival has been illuminating Downtown Denton and the Square since 1988. The annual lighting event features live music, dance performances, vendors, children's activities, photo opportunities, food, drinks, and more!

Denton Black Film Festival

Denton Black Film Festival Institute Website
The Denton Black Film Festival shares stories of the Black community—its traditions, ideas, and experiences—in many ways. Each festival, held annually in January, features Black cinema, music, art, spoken word, comedy, food, and fashion.

Texas Storytelling Festival

March 7-10, 2024
Tejas Storytelling Association Website
Texas Storytelling Festival features three-and-a-half days of stories that will feed your mind, heart, and soul. Fostering an appreciation of storytelling as an oral tradition, performing art, and educational tool.

Denton Community Market

Denton Community Market Website
DCM is a producer-only art and farmer’s market in downtown Denton. They feature live music, kids' activities, local farms, local artists, food trucks, food vendors, and more.

Touch A Truck

Explorium Denton Children's Museum Website
Touch-A-Truck is a community-wide event that involves public and private entities offering a unique opportunity to people all over Denton County, allowing children of all ages to explore vehicles of all types: public service, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation, and delivery trucks all in one place.

Cinco de Mayo

Denton Cinco de Mayo Committee Facebook Page
An annual Cinco de Mayo festival in Denton. The celebration commences with a parade that ends at a festival in Quakertown Park featuring folkloric dance, live music, various food vendors, and children’s activities.

Denton Juneteenth Celebration

Denton Juneteenth Committee Website
Denton Juneteenth is a celebration featuring a DJ spinoff, guest artists, a youth talent show, a softball tournament, and so much more. Experience cultural food, fun, and fellowship.

Denton Juneteenth Parade

Juneteenth University Website
The Denton Juneteenth Parade is a partnership effort between Denton Juneteenth Committee and Juneteenth University, a Denton-based non-profit organization chartered to promote Texas Emancipation Day and National Juneteenth Independence Day.

Denton Kiwanis 4th of July Drone Show

Denton Noon Kiwanis Website
Part of the Denton Jubilee Celebration hosted by the City of Denton. 

North Texas Fair and Rodeo

North Texas Fair and Rodeo Website
The North Texas Fair and Rodeo is nine days of first-class rodeos, livestock shows, live music on multiple stages, kid & fun zones, carnival rides, food, games, vendors, and more.

Dog Days of Denton

Denton Parks Foundation Website
A free family and pup-friendly event with vendors, food trucks, competitions, and educational opportunities. 

Denton Blues Festival

Denton Black Chamber of Commerce Website
The Denton Black Chamber of Commerce's 25th Annual Denton Blues Festival. A longstanding Denton tradition, the Blues Festival features live music, karaoke, arts and crafts, and more.

Looking for the 2023 fall and winter events? Check back later this year as the new fiscal year is adopted.

How does the City sponsor events? Through the Hotel Occupancy Tax Program or the City Sponsorship Program. During the City’s budget process, applications are reviewed by the sub-committee, and recommended funding levels are provided to Council for approval. Awarded sponsorships will be allocated funds during the City’s fiscal year once Council has approved an agreement or contract between both parties. For more information on event sponsorship, please visit the Finance webpage.