Cottonwood Art Festival
  • Cottonwood Art Festival is a semi-annual event which features works from the nation's top visual artists. Located in scenic Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas (map), this prestigious art show is now over 40 years old. Cottonwood takes place twice each year, on the first full weekend of May and the first full weekend of October. The next festival will take place on October 6 & 7, 2018.


    Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. This year approximately 800 artists submitted their work for consideration. Jurors selected over 240 artists to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists competed in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. A list of this year's artists can be found on the Event Artists page.


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


    ArtStop is the childrens' area at Cottonwood. It features arts, crafts, and activities for children of all ages. Visitors will have the opportunity to create a sculpture hat from scrap, design a masterpiece in plaster, add to our enormous collage, or practice sculpting clay. Don't miss this opportunity to explore your creative talents!


    Cottonwood is also home to the Emerging Artists program, which allows selected high school seniors to be part of the festival, display their work, and maybe even win the People's Choice award! 


    Whether you're shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, or making art of your own, Cottonwood has something for you.