Longview, TX — A few dozen artists gathered in 1979 in Bank Alley in Downtown Longview to exhibit their work, and 33 years later, the event has expanded in to one of East Texas’s premier events.
AlleyFest, an expansion of the original Alley Art Fest, now takes up a few blocks, and organizers say they are hoping 10,000 to 12,000 people attend.
This year, with the hopes of beating the brutal Texas summer heat, AlleyFest has moved from June to May.
“Several years ago, it being in June was never an issue,” said Missy Saunders, Longview Main Street Manager. “As it got hotter, the heat became the No. 1 complaint we heard from people.”
Organizers, artists and vendors also hope attendees have procrastinating shopping for their mothers.
“It’s Mother’s Day weekend,” Saunders said. “It’s a great place to bring your mom.”
Admission on Mother’s Day is free.