The Friendship Festival is a free one day street fair & market festival held annually in downtown Bartlett, Texas Historic Commercial District. It takes place every third Saturday in September. A tradition that began in the 1900's has become one of the nation's longest running small town parades, and is still going strong over a 100 years later. Experience a friendly atmosphere featuring a ton of Texas hometown pride. Our festival attracts people from all round Texas and the US. With local artisans offering original Texas handcrafted goods of all kind in our market area. Enjoy a true Texas street fair with tasty eats from local food trucks, live local music, and much more. You can even take a stroll down our brick lain streets and visit local shops and historic landmarks all within the downtown district. Friendship Festival is a time to sit back, relax with friends and family, and celebrate the upcoming Fall season.
The Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce supports the Bartlett community by donating festival proceeds to other nonprofit organizations and community groups. This year we honor our Local American Legion Post- 183. Our organization is deeply committed to revitalizing economic growth and sustainability with our historic commercial district. The Friendship Festival is our largest opportunity of the year to raise funds for our community outreach projects. This year the BACoC is working towards restoration of Bartlett's Historic Museum which houses the first Rural Electrification Administration electrical project in the nation which offered electricity to rural farming communities in Texas.
The Friendship Festival takes place in the Historic Commercial District between Clark Street (FM 487) and Evie Street with access from Highway 95 in the heart of our business district. Lined with the original founding structures, dating back to the 1800s, the revival of our historic downtown district is ready for small business entertainment venues, art galleries, cafes, restaurants and retailers. Bartlett Texas is listed in the Texas Historical commission, the Texas Film commission, and 90 % of its buildings have a historical significance.