Deep Ellum Outdoor Market gets a Design District Twist

Posted by    |    October 3rd, 2012 at 5:50 am

This Thursday, October 4 Brandon Castillo, the mastermind behind the highly successful Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, is bringing the concept to the Design District, hosting the inaugural Design District Market. Castillo has been organizing the market in Deep Ellum for two years and has amassed an impressive following of locals.

It’s not a unique concept in many cities in the world. In fact, in many cities local markets pop up throughout neighborhoods most every weekend. The outdoor market has been slower to take hold in Dallas, but the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market is proof that things can change. People pack Deep Ellum at the monthly markets which feature live music, local products, specials and food trucks.

Castillo and Jim Lake Companies have partnered to bring the event to the Design District and hope the market will be equally as successful in this neighborhood. According to Castillo, starting the Design District market has been remarkably similar to launching the Deep Ellum market. Castillo likes that the Design District is “up-and-coming” thinks that it has a lot of potential.

The market will function basically the same as it does in Deep Ellum only this one’s happening at night. The inaugural Design District Market will run from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 4. The organizers are closing the street between Cole, Dragon and Slocum to make room for vendors, live music, food trucks and yes, of course, local beer. It’s kid-friendly too, so the requisite kid-friendly activities such as games, photo booths, etc., will be on location.

Vendors won’t be limited to Design District dealers and residents, but I’m sure we’ll see a great representation of shops from the neighborhood peddling their wares or, at least, talking up their shops. Local beer lovers will be delighted to enjoy brews from Design District resident Peticolas Brewing Company. Organizers have also recruited Deep Ellum Brewing Company and Lakewood Brewing Company and more to be on location with their beer as well. Sounds like a party!


Deep Ellum and the Design District have more in common than meets the eye: both neighborhoods are rooted in a love of art and know how to live local. It seems to me this market is a natural fit! Here’s hoping the inaugural Design District Market will not be the last.

So there you have it, another exciting event in the Design District. For more information on the market, or to sign up as a vendor, visit the website here. Hope to see y’all on the 4th!