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Trinity River flood forces changes to major Dallas festivals

Trinity River flood forces changes to major Dallas festivals

Trinity River, Dallas
The flooded Trinity River has caused changes to two big festivals set to take place on the greenbelt. Courtesy photo

The huge amount of water in the Trinity River following recent heavy rains has forced big changes to the annual Trinity River Wind Festival and the inaugural Dallas Music District Festival, both of which were to take place on the Trinity River Greenbelt near the Commerce Street Viaduct on Saturday, May 16.

The Dallas Music District Festival has been moved to nearby Trinity Groves, at a private space at 410 Bedford St. Even though the forecast calls for rain every day, including Saturday, the festival will take place rain or shine, with organizers promising to provide a safe and fun experience.

The Trinity River Wind Festival has been postponed, according to Judy Schmidt, communications and marketing manager for the City of Dallas' Trinity River Corridor Project, who says there is no makeup date scheduled at this point.

“DMD Fest's first priority is always the safety of its fans, staff and artists,” said Jerry Su, founder and head talent booker, in a release. “With that being said, our team is thrilled to have found a new space on Bedford Street so close to the original location. Plus, the support that Trinity Groves shows to the area's vibrant music, art, and culture scene completely align with what we are trying to bring to fans at DMD Fest."

Even though the Dallas Music District Festival will have a smaller footprint than the original location, it will still include all of the planned features such as art installations, street performers and high-end vendors.

The Dallas Music District Festival has 20 bands on the docket, ranging from locals like Jessie Frye, Jonathan Tyler and Somebody's Darling to national ones like MOTHXR and Donald Cummings.

The Trinity River Wind Festival is a celebration of the normally dry outdoor area on the Trinity River Greenbelt, where people can fly kites, make paper airplanes and participate in other activities in which wind is helpful.