From music to art to a little bit of mud throwin’, there’s something for everyone at the City of Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival, to be held October 6-7, 2018 at Cottonwood Park in Richardson. A premier award-winning art show in North Texas, the event features live musical performances and ArtStop, a place for kids and families to let imaginations run wild and create mini-masterpieces.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer a full weekend line-up of family fun at Cottonwood,” said Serri Ayers, superintendent of community events for the City of Richardson.

“Set in scenic Cottonwood Park, we have top local musicians performing on two different stages and a hands-on area for children to experience the wonderful world of art.”

Decorated with colorful life-sized paint brushes, chalkboard easels and pottery wheels, ArtStop is the perfect place for a pint-sized Picasso to be creative. Staffed by more than 200 volunteers, children can decorate a sculpture hat, paint a canvas masterpiece, add to an enormous woven web or practice their hand at throwin’ mud and sculpting clay on a real potter’s wheel.

he two-day festival will also offer music in a variety of genres, including rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Performances will be held on both the Lakeside Courtyard Main Stage and Food Court Stage. Craft beer, wine and frozen margaritas will be available for purchase. Parking and admission are free.

Saturday, October 6:

Courtyard Main Stage

  • Zuriel Merek (10 a.m.): The composer and multi-instrumentalist captivates his audiences with passionate electric violin performances.
  • The Tu-Tones (11:45 a.m.): Dust off your dancing shoes and pay tribute to the best of rhythm and blues, rock’n roll, rockabilly, swing, boogie woogie and reckless surf.
  • TBA Band (1:30 p.m.): A Dallas-based folk, pop, and soul duo with a perfect blend of classics, today’s favorite duets, and original music.
  • Chris Watson Band (3:30 p.m.). Featuring a powerhouse horn section, buttery organ tones, and larger than life guitar playing, this band is one you won’t want to miss.
  • Brad Thompson the Undulating Band (5:30 p.m.): Winner of the 2018 Star-Telegram, Fort Worthy Readers’ Choice Award for Best Local Musician/Band, this one-of-a-kind band will get everybody moving.

Food Court Stage

  • Erik Carizalles (11 a.m.): DFW-based singer-songwriter performs top favorites and original hits.
  • Janky (1 p.m.): Richardson-based talent provides foot stompin’, juke joint blues.

Sunday, October 7:

Courtyard Main Stage

  • Bob Culberson (10 a.m.): One of the original pioneers of the Chapman stick will transport you to another time and place by performing a unique combination of African and Western music.
  • The Pour Brothers (11:45 a.m.): The two lifelong friends decided to take their love of music and create an unforgettable combination of roots-rock, soul, pop and Americana originals and covers.
  • EJ Matthews Band (1 p.m.): Taking the listener back to the roots of Texas blues, the EJ Matthews Band adds a little twist with some country music influence.
  • Justin Tipton (3:30 p.m.): A singer-songwriter who puts on anything but a singer-songwriter type of show. Rooted in traditional blues music, Justin and his band accidentally some spilled rock-and-roll into their blues batter (okay, maybe intentionally).
The Pour Brothers

Food Court Stage

  • Morgan Alana Taylor (11 a.m.): This Dallas-based singer and songwriter plays soulful ballads on her guitar.
  • Steve Valenzuela (1 p.m.): Based in Coppell, this crowd-pleasing band is alternative/country/Americana in spirit.

The festival will be held Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, October 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., one block east of Coit Road in Richardson, TX. Parking and admission are free. Whether shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, or making art of your own – Cottonwood has something for everyone. For more information please visit