Welcome to 2 of Richardson’s most artistic festivals this month

After their COVID-19 break, two of Richardson’s most beloved festivals are back and better than ever this month: Cottonwood Arts Festival (May 7-8) and Wild flower ! Arts and music festival (May 20-22).

Cottonwood Arts Festival
What: See juried works by 200 global artists, listen to live music, savor irresistible cuisine, drink craft beer and watch live painting demonstrations – there’s even a kids’ area.

Or: The event takes place at Cottonwood Park, located at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd.

When: Spring Festival 2022 hours are Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How much: Admission and parking are free, with shuttles running continuously between the park and the Richardson High School football stadium field.

The story: Celebrating 53 years, the biannual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried exhibition ranked among the top 10 art exhibitions in the country. Local artists held the first festival in scenic Cottonwood Park in 1969. Today, the festival has developed outreach programs as innovative tools for mentoring students, designed to broaden interest in the visual arts beyond of the art festival and bring the world of art into the classroom.

More information: CottonwoodArtFestival.com

Wild flower ! Arts and music festival
What: Over 100 artists, including Toadies, Collective Soul, Neon Trees, American Authors, Johnathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, The Wailers and more perform on five different stages. Enjoy WF! Children’s activities, Performance Row, an art guitar auction, WF! The market vendors, as well as the songwriters competition.

Or: Galatyn Park Urban Center, located at Galatyn Parkway and US 75.

When: Friday 20 May, 6 p.m.-midnight; Saturday May 21, 11am-midnight; Sunday May 22, 11am-6pm How much: Friday and Saturday are $35, Sunday $20, and kids 12 and under are free. A three-day pass costs $75.

The story: Wild flower ! began as a small community gathering in 1993 and has since grown into one of North Texas’ most popular cultural events, with tens of thousands of fans cheering on their favorite artists.

More information: WildflowerFestival.com

James C. Tibbs