Dallas’ first experiential fitness festival, FAME Fest, is set to take place on October 2. The one-day event is a partnership between Omni Dallas Hotel and Fitness Ambassadors. Though FAME Fest focuses heavily on health and wellness, the acronym stands for ‘fitness, arts, music, and experience,’ so workouts are just the beginning.
Attendees can experience 10 express studio classes, each just 35 minutes long, from Dallas mainstays like CYCLEBAR and Grit by Brit. The roster includes silent disco yoga flow, mobility deep stretch, and outdoor spin. Each is infused with art and music for a sensory-driven fitness experience. Take a break from breaking a sweat to peruse vendor booths, get a quick treatment from local favorites like Miniluxe and FaceHaus, and sample bites from one of the Omni’s nearby restaurants on Lamar Street.
“Our goal is to create an experience that really brings the community together by spotlighting amazing studios, local businesses, artists, and more,” said Mai Lyn Ngo, the founder and CEO of Fitness Ambassadors. “We are such a fit city with a really diverse fit culture. We hope that FAME Fest will be the perfect balanced experience for attendees to break a sweat, experience the arts and music, and indulge in well-earned food and beverages.”
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and tickets are on sale for $85. Don’t forget sunscreen, a towel, a water bottle, and a mat.
Feel Good AF founder Kenneth Paul spent 20 years in a high-stress corporate job and put wellness on the backburner. In 2019, the Philadelphia native had an epiphany and started on a journey toward a more balanced life. During the pandemic, he left his job, sold his Brooklyn apartment, and focused on finding a solution for our society’s growing rates of anxiety and depression amid stay-at-home orders. Paul used his professional event production experience to develop the Feel Good AF brand and festival.
“Feel Good AF Festival is one-part fitness and yoga festival, one-part mindfulness exploration, and one part expert panel discussions—all set to a live mixed soundtrack by professional DJs,” says Paul. “At a time when we all need it the most, our overreaching goal is to make wellness accessible to everyone.”
On October 30, the inaugural festival will take place on the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, which runs parallel to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Attendees will enjoy fitness and yoga classes and can consult with nutrition, stress, sleep, and mindset experts. Notable names include Chelsea Charbeneau, co-founder of Highland Park’s Breathe Meditation and Wellness; Gabriella Corvina, an ACE-certified trainer and black belt and kick-boxing YouTuber; and Kaycee Polite, a clinical therapist and expert on anxiety and stress.
DJ Blake Ward and DJ Sober will provide the soundtrack. Additional perks include flower crowns, healthy food and juices, meet-and-greets with adoptable dogs, and a pop-up shopping experience from The Boho Market.