Sneak Peek: What to Expect at the 46th Dallas International Guitar Festival

by Sara Aguinaga on April 24, 2024 in Entertainment,

DIGF transcends the typical guitar show, serving as an inclusive community where musicians, fans, celebrities and collectors converge. Participants can buy, sell, trade or marvel at thousands of new and vintage guitars, basses, amps and other musical paraphernalia.


From May 3-5, the Dallas International Guitar Festival will celebrate its 46th year at Dallas Market Hall. As the world’s largest and oldest guitar festival, DIGF fuses craftsmanship and culture, drawing a global community of enthusiasts. Held at 2200 Stemmons Freeway with ample free parking, the festival ensures easy access for all attendees. Running from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, the venue will resonate with live music throughout the weekend. Tickets range from $15 to $70 for general admission, with VIP options between $55 and $110. Children under 12 enjoy free admission, making it a family-friendly event. 

Jimmy Wallace electrifies the crowd with his masterful blues performance at a past Dallas International Guitar Festival. Courtesy photo.

A festival highlight will be the Texas 10 under 20 stage, featuring bands with members aged 20 or younger and underscoring the festival’s commitment to fostering new talent. The final showcase on May 5 at 10 a.m. will display ten finalists representing the future of music across various genres.

Ally Venable captivates the audience with her dynamic blues-rock set at a previous Dallas International Guitar Festival. Courtesy photo.

This year features an impressive array of talent, including artists like Greg Koch, George Lynch, Sonny Landreth, Frank Hannon and Andy Wood. Each performer brings their unique flair, contributing to a diverse musical lineup that defines the festival. Ally Venable, once a young competitor in the Texas 10 under 20 and now a celebrated artist, is a standout act this year. Known for her electrifying performances in glitter dresses and knee-high boots, Venable rocks the stage with a blend of gritty blues-rock tunes and expert guitar solos. Her evolution from a budding talent to a headline performer encapsulates the festival’s spirit of growth and excellence.

Eric Johnson delivers a spellbinding performance at a previous Dallas International Guitar Festival, showcasing his virtuoso guitar skills. Courtesy photo.

With over 800 booths and exhibits, the festival is a hub for networking and learning. Attendees can mingle with guitar legends and emerging artists and glean insights from top musicians at instructional clinics. The Unplugged Room stage, focusing on acoustic performances, offers a more intimate musical experience.

Greg Koch unleashes his signature guitar prowess at a previous Dallas International Guitar Festival, thrilling attendees with his eclectic style. Courtesy photo.

After nearly half a century, the Dallas International Guitar Festival remains a treasure to the music community. Whether you’re a musician looking to hone your skills, a collector on the hunt for rare finds, or a music lover eager to soak in live performances, DIGF promises an unforgettable experience. Become part of a legacy that weaves history, innovation and community together in every chord. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.


Cover photo courtesy DIGF

Sara Aguinaga’s passions include reading, creating art, and traveling. She enjoys exploring the culinary diversity across the expansive Lone Star State. As a licensed massage therapist, she strives to bring peace to the lives of others.