Registration and ticket sales for the 2018 Spring Wine and Arts Festival in downtown Midlothian opened Wednesday after receiving official city approval Monday evening from the city council.

The Midlothian Spring Wine and Arts Festival will be held from 2 p.m. — 9 p.m Saturday, April 28 on North Eighth Street.

Patrons can now purchase tickets and vendors can apply on the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce’s website.

“This will be the eighth Wine & Arts Festival we’ve hosted,” explained Cammy Jackson, president of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce. “Each time, we attract new wineries, new vendors, and visitors who have never even seen our beautiful, vibrant downtown area. We’re making some changes to the event based on feedback we’ve received.”

New features of the event include extended time for the music lovers, an expanded KidZone and many more artists and artisans. The festival grounds will be extended down to 6th Street so more businesses could participate. The extension of the festival assures safety for festivalgoers as well.

Chamber staff expects over 100 vendors and a number of food trucks for shopping and eating. About 16 wineries are participating in the wine tasting — some new, some returning. The wine tasting portion of the festival will take place from 4 p.m. — 8 p.m.

“But there will be plenty of activities beforehand to keep people entertained,” said committee co-chair Stephen Hidlebaugh.

Admission for the festival is free for all attendees, but in addition to music and shopping venues, the wine tasting is sure to be a continued crowd-pleaser.

For those participating in the wine tasting, tickets are $25, which includes a commemorative wine glass, reusable tote, and 12 tasting tickets. All wineries will have bottles of their wine for sale.

In keeping the classics while mixing a new brew of festival fun, Jackson assures an enjoyable evening of food, music, and, of course, wine from across the state.

She also emphasized the diverse, local musical lineup as well as the ever-popular 9th Street Band and Houston recording artist Dean Seltzer. Bands will perform on two separate stages for Saturday’s event.

For more information, connect with the Chamber of Commerce at midlothianchamber.org or call (972) 723-8600.


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