9th Annual Carrollton Festival at the Switchyard to Include Full Children’s Entertainment Lineup
With free rides and games, free live children’s entertainment, free face painting, and much more, the City of Carrollton’s 9th Annual Festival at the Switchyard offers something for every member of the family to enjoy on Saturday, November 3 in Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street).
The children’s entertainment lineup will kick off at 12:30 p.m. inside the Plaza Arts Center with a performance by stunt juggler Matt Tardy. Watch in awe as Tardy showcases feats of strength and flexibility with his world-class juggling act. At 1:30 p.m., Corean Gonzales will amaze the audience as she tricks and flips her way through a seven-hoop performance complete with juggling, audience participation, and a human-sized slinky.
Up next at 2:30 p.m., Landon Stark will put on a variety show for all ages that mixes his style of stand-up comedy with a fresh blend of unique wit, variety tricks, and astonishing magic. Stark has appeared on TV networks such as NBC and PBS and is the host of Australia’s “The Best Of” comedy show. Closing the Plaza performances at 3:30 p.m., Christopher Lyle will wow the crowd with stunts like walking on broken glass and laying on a bed of nails in a daredevil magic show that combines wild and incredible feats with vivid illusions.
Other acts outside the Plaza Theater in front of the main stage include a dazzling show by the Creekview High School Chevals Drill Team, a performance from Carrollton Fire Rescue Pipes and Drums, and a showcase of multiple dance styles by Downtown Carrollton’s own A Body in Motion Dance Studio. Sidekicks Karate will return this year as well for a high flying (and kicking) demonstration. Texas Dynamix Gymnastics will make their Festival debut with a showcase of their tumbling stunts and skills.
Festival rides and games, including bungee trampolines, a zip line, a spin the apple ride, a giant fun slide, a kiddie high striker, a baseball toss, an all-star basketball free-throw game, a video game truck, and much more will line the streets. Free face painting, arts and crafts, balloon artists, spin art, caricature drawings, and a photo booth will also be available for even more family fun. Rides and games close at 7 p.m., and the face painting, balloon artists, and spin art booths close at 6 p.m.
When the kids are done for the day, head back out for free concerts by openers Vertical Horizon and Tonic and then rock out with headliner Stone Temple Pilots.
In addition to enjoying the free concerts and children’s entertainment, families can grab a bite to eat from the variety of food vendors on site or from one of the many Downtown restaurants. Festival booths and Downtown shops will also offer unique shopping opportunities.
Festival sponsors to date include 97.1 The Eagle, Atmos Energy, Bath Expo and Window Expo, Dallas Observer, DART, DFW Child Magazine, Frost Bank, Honest-1 Auto Care of Carrollton, Keller Williams Central, LEI Home Enhancements, Olympus on Main, Parks Coffee, Sam Pack’s Five Star Chevrolet and Ford, Suburban Parent Magazine, Switchyard Apartments, Waste Management, and Western Extrusions.