I think everyone knows by now that I enjoy events that are a bit out of the ordinary. A change of pace is nice for everyone. Last Saturday, August 10th, the first-ever Design District Market at the Dallas Contemporary definitely fit the bill. And with temperatures flirting with the triple digits, the city as a whole was ready for something new and cool.
Families, art lovers, free drink seekers, and fun-loving kids in swimsuits bombarded the museum beginning at noon for this free indoor-outdoor party. There was plenty to offer, but two giant dumpster pools garnered the most attention. These repurposed creations were basically grown-up kiddie pools that welcomed wading with cold beverages. Simple enough, but it was a pretty cool concept. Beach balls flew overhead while three live bands kept the outdoor crowds movin’ and shakin’.
Folks who wished to stay dry headed indoors for air conditioning and over 80 local vendor tables. The person in charge of the set-up was a genius, because you had to walk through the whole marketplace to get to the free Bombay Sapphire. It was more than worth it, though. Big names like Indigo 1745, Elements, and Hari Mari set up temporary shops alongside indie brands. The eclectic group of sellers offered everything from handmade lamps to intricate jewelry, and most items were priced 50-75% off retail value.
Rarely are first-time events so spot-on in my view, but it’s hard to miss the mark with plenty of booze, baubles, and beach-ready babes. We’ll definitely be sure to check out the next Design District Market – and you should, too.
All photos, credit Heather Lettieri for DFW Style Daily.