There is an art to having fun at Cottonwood! Join us for this fall’s show on October 6 & 7 in Richardson, TX at Cottonwood Park (map). This FREE semi-annual event features works from the nation's top visual artists and has been a part of Richardson life for almost fifty years. The festival takes place on the first full weekend in May and the first full weekend in October each year.

Now in its 49th year, Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. Jurors have selected over 240 artists from 800 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. Rated as one of the top art festivals in the United States, this prestigious show is the premier fine art event in North Texas. The featured artist for this fall is Amanda Bennett.

Cottonwood isn't just about visual art. The festival also features music with local bands who perform the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Be sure to check out the Lakeside Courtyard, where you can sit in the shade by the lake and relax while you enjoy your food and spirits.

Click here for a map of Cottonwood Park. 

The City of Richardson strives to make sure that Cottonwood Art Festival is an accessible event.

Accommodation requests for persons with disabilities should be made at least 14 days in advance of the festival by contacting Taylor Lough, ADA Coordinator, via phone at 972 744-4208, via email at, or by appointment at 411 W Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX 75082.

Individuals needing to schedule assistance with DART Paratransit please contact DART directly at 214-515-7272.