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Index Festival for the Deep Ellum Natives

Index Festival

Deep Ellum is about to be infested overtaken by concertgoers from all across the Dallas area and the state. Your historic district is going to experience heightened traffic, road blocks and late night partying.

And you get to be a part of this exciting addition to your neighborhood.

Not only are you in walking distance from this three-day extravaganza, but you already know the hot spots to avoid (or embrace) and you don’t have to pay for access to a pool, air conditioning or a bathroom.

The 3rd Annual Index Fest is all about the music. This year’s line up includes incredible artists, locally and nationally known, including Local Natives, Mutemath, The Get Up Kids and White Denim. Whether you’re looking for more music venues after the festival or if you aren’t able to buy tickets, there are still great places in Deep Ellum where you can catch a live show. Head to Adair’s Saloon for free shows, starting as early as 7pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. If you like being close to your favorite musician, go to All Good Café for intimate performances.

If you start getting sick of the festival food and need to put a few greens in your body, then look no further than the restaurants that are in walking distance from your apartment. Dine at Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop for sandwiches like Bacon & Goat Cheese, the Happy Hippie or the Pork BunMe with homemade Daikon Carrot Slaw. Plus, they’re open until midnight on the weekends, so they will be perfect for late night munchies.  Make your way to Deep Sushi, where you will find the famous Ahi Tower, which is exactly what it sounds like.

If you want to add a little bit of non-musical culture to your weekend, there is a plethora of murals and galleries in your area. Take a walk around to see the many murals displayed throughout the neighborhood. The galleries in the district have enough variety in them to keep you occupied for an entire day. Favorites include the Barry Whistler Gallery, 500x, The Power Station and WAAS Gallery. There is amazing local to national to international artists just a few steps from your door.

And lastly, for your little ones, your babies, your prized possessions — your dogs. You’ll be keeping them cooped up in the apartment all day for the festival so why not reward them with a nice long break at The Bark Park. There is fun artwork and unique dog park amenities to keep them (and you!) entertained for hours.

Make sure to be safe (and wear sunscreen!) while you enjoy your time at Index Fest and the wonderful other places and things to do in your favorite neighborhood, Deep Ellum.