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Dallas Music District Festival looks to be a go-to shopping destination

Dallas Music District Fest looks to be a go-to shopping destination

Hari Mari Dunes
Pick up some Hari Mari flip-flops at the inaugural Dallas Music District Festival on May 16-17. Photo courtesy of Hari Mari
Steel City Pops
Steel City Pops is one of several food vendors at the inaugural Dallas Music District Festival. Photo courtesy of Steel City Pops
turquoise rope bracelet, sunshine tienda
Sunshine Tienda is bringing vacation-inspired goods to Dallas Music District Festival. Photo courtesy of Sunshine Tienda
Hari Mari Dunes
Steel City Pops
turquoise rope bracelet, sunshine tienda

We already knew that the outdoor Dallas Music District Festival had an enviable list of bands playing at its inaugural edition on May 16 and 17 along the Trinity River. But now the festival has become an even bigger draw thanks to the just-released list of vendors that will be on hand.

And we're not talking about hot dogs, popcorn and T-shirts here. Instead, festival organizers have lined up a slew of local artisan vendors to sell you things like jewelry, leather goods, clothing, pottery and more.

Among the 26 vendors are brands such as Artigianale, Far Fetched Imports, Hari Mari, Mistura Timepieces and Sunshine Tienda. To sate your hunger and thirst, you can turn to Jazzy Fat's Cajun Classic, Steel City Pops, This City's Best Italian Ice and others.

"The goal of DMD Fest 2015 is to highlight the best of what Dallas has to offer," said DMD Fest Jerry Su in a release. "We are so proud that DMD Fest will be able to provide a little something for everyone, including a truly beautiful outdoor setting right on the Trinity River."

The festival also will have a strong art aspect, as organizers have teamed up with the nonprofit Music Is Our Weapon to create various interactive art installations. Among those will be a graffiti wall where local artists will create new works throughout the weekend, and a massive art wall installation at which attendees will be encouraged to write directly on the wall and finish the sentence "Music is My ... " so festival-goers can express what music means to them.