Top 10 Things to Know for the 11th Annual Festival at the Switchyard
Excitement is building for the 11th annual Carrollton Festival at the Switchyard on Saturday, November 6 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Festival is held on the streets of Historic Downtown Carrollton.
Top 10 Things to Know:
1. It’s FREE! No entry fee or ticket is needed, and all rides, games, concerts, and entertainment are free (including concerts by headliner Blue October and opener Dishwalla). Bring spending money for food, drinks, and shopping.
2. Main Stage Entertainment: All day entertainment begins at noon with JPGR: A Beatles Tribute, a California-based group that will bring the best of the Fab Four. Next up is Chicago Tribute Authority, who will wow the crowd with its tribute to the legendary band, followed by Canta Rhythm and Brass, who will entertain Fesitvalgoers with its Latin-inspired collection of original music.
Shameless will honor country superstar Garth Brooks with performances of songs like “Friends in Low Places” and “The Dance,” before tribute band Even it Up plays a variety of classic Heart favorites that are sure to have attendees singing and dancing along. Austin-based Tomar and the FCs will bring upbeat soul sounds to pump up the audience as well.
Alternative rock back Dishwalla will warm up the evening crowd by performing hits songs such as “Counting Blue Cars” and “Collide” which was featured on the WB’s Smallville. The fun reaches its pinnacle with nationally-known rock band Blue October as they finish out the evening with unforgettable hits like “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean.”
3. Front of Stage Entertainment: In addition to the main stage entertainment, attendees can enjoy performances from local groups throughout the day in front of the stage. First up, the Newman Smith High School Troyanns Drill Team will showcase the variety of dance styles they perform throughout the year. Members of Motion, The Studio, a full-service studio for cheer, dance, and fitness in Historic Downtown Carrollton, will perform several dance styles. Next, Sidekicks Martial Arts will present a high flying (and kicking) demonstration. Closing out the front of stage lineup, the Class Act Tap Company, a premier senior dance group, will perform complex tap steps and line formations that are sure to dazzle the crowd.
4. Children’s Entertainment: An action-packed lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Plaza Arts Center featuring local entertainers who are sure to give an enriching and enjoyable experience to children of all ages. Watch in awe as Lone Star Circus puts on a dazzling performance. Prepare to be amazed as Guinness World Record holder David Slick delivers an out of this world juggling performance. Lone Star Circus returns to the stage once again to entertain Festivalgoers. Closing the Plaza entertainment is a stunt show by Shel Higgins with incredible acts such as a sword swallow and strait-jacket escape from a ladder.
In addition to live entertainment, the Festival offers free rides such as bungee trampolines, a zip line, and a giant fun slide, as well as carnival games, an extensive kids’ craft area, inflatables, face painting, balloon twisting, caricature drawings, and more. All free! Just make sure to get in line early as the face painting and balloon twisting booths shut down at 6 p.m., and rides and games shut down at 7 p.m.
5. Food Vendors & Shopping Opportunities: When guests get hungry, they can give their feet a rest in one of the Downtown restaurants or enjoy a quick bite to eat from food vendors offering Festival favorites such as kettle corn, deep fried Oreos, hamburgers, tacos, funnel cake, and of course, corny dogs. Once everyone has had their fill, guests are encouraged to visit the unique shops that line the Square or stop by the many trendy artisan booths for items ranging from jewelry and clothing to trinkets for kids to unique home décor pieces. Start working on that Christmas shopping early this year!
6. Parking will be extremely limited. Park and ride the DART Green Line to the Downtown Carrollton Station (regular charges apply; visit dart.org/fares). Handicap parking will be available at 1000 W. Belt Line Road, just east of the Festival grounds and is also available at all DART stations.
7. Prohibited Items: Due to the limited space within the Festival grounds, lawn chairs, skateboards, bicycles, scooters, roller-blades, and coolers are not permitted. Seating areas within the Festival grounds are provided.
Pets, with the exception of service animals for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, are also not permitted.
8. Beer Garden: Take a break in the beer garden, and visit one of three bars at the Festival for a variety of beer and wine. Several Downtown restaurants also offer mixed drinks.
9. The event will be held rain or shine. Musical acts may be postponed due to inclement weather, but will not be rescheduled for an alternate weekend. If the weather becomes severe enough to jeopardize public safety, the Festival may be closed until conditions improve.
10. Festival sponsors include AmerisourceBergen, MAKE Music and Creative Arts, Olympus Properties, Resort Vacations, Inc., Sam Pack Five Star Chevrolet and Ford Carrollton, and Switchyard Apartments.
The City is planning our signature event with the community’s health and safety top of mind. Carrollton has taken enhanced precautions to promote a safe and protected gathering in accordance with current guidelines and recommendations.
For more information about the Festival at the Switchyard, visit carrolltonfestival.com. For the latest updates, stay connected with the Festival on social media at facebook.com/carrolltonfestival and twitter.com/carrolltonfest.