The Deep Ellum Arts Festival, which occurs annually every spring, will be pushed the fall because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The festival was supposed to take place April 2-3 but was postponed to Sept. 10-12. It’s the third time the event has been delayed. The 2020 iteration was bumped to September and then again to April 2021.

“We are disappointed to announce the difficult decision to again postpone the Deep Ellum Arts Festival,” producer Stephen Millard said in a statement. “While we had submitted extensive plans showing how we would be in compliance with CDC recommendations for an outdoor event, including mandatory face masks [and] safe distancing, it has been deemed still ‘too soon’ to override public health and political concerns regarding what is considered safe. We appreciate everyone’s continued support during these uncertain times.”

Organizers will use the extra time to continue researching safety measures for the fall event, according to a news release.

The Deep Ellum Arts Festival has been a staple in the neighborhood for 26 years. The free event features artists from across the United States, as well as live bands. Festival-goers can peruse original paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, woodworks, leather good, ceramics and fashion.


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