Now in it’s 50th year, Cottonwood features over 240 artists chosen to exhibit their museum-quality work from approximately 1,400 submissions.
Food and Beverages
Grab a bite to eat from a variety of Vendors including everything from BBQ and southern cooking to handcrafted soda and espresso.
Artstop children's area
Cottonwood is an event for everyone including with several great opportunites for kids to explore art. Learn to weave, paint like picasso, play with clay and much more in ArtStop.
Dates and Hours
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission to Cottonwood Art Festival is FREE, however some activities in the ArtStop Children’s area require a nominal fee.
Cottonwood reserves the right to decline admittance to anyone who violates the Festival policies established for public safety or to restrict activities such as public address to designated areas.
From its humble beginnings in 1969, the Cottonwood Art Festival has developed into one of the most prestigious fine art festivals in the United States. Local artists staged their first Festival at the scenic Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas. It was all tie-dye, bell-bottoms and braids back then where the artists laid down blankets and set up easels with the hopes of selling s few pieces of art. Since that first weekend nearly five decades later, Cottonwood has established itself as signature art event, become a tradition in the community and the home to the finest artists in the country for the first weekend of May and October.
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 advanced of the festival by contacting the ADA Coordinator, via phone at 972 744-0908, via email at ADACoordinator@cor.gov, 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.
ATM & Credit Cards
ATM’s are located in the Lakeside Courtyard and also near the Food Court. Credit Card are accepted in the Food Court, Festival Headquarters and various artist booths.
Award Winning Festival
The Cottonwood Art Festival has been recognized by the International Festival & Events Association and Texas Festival & Events as an award-winning event in several categories. It is an honor to have received the following awards over the past few years:
2018 International Festival & Events Association
Best Event Invitation – Gold
Best Social Media Site – Bronze
Best Social Media Campaign – Bronze
Best Commemorative Poster – Bronze
Best Other Merchandise – Bronze
2017 International Festival & Events Association
Best Social media Site – Gold
Best Outdoor Billboard – Gold
Best New Merchandise – Gold
Best Social Media Campaign – Silver
Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter – Silver
Best Single Magazine Display Ad – Silver
Best Commemorative Poster – Silver
Best Event Invitation – Silver
Best Community Outreach Program – Silver
Grand Pinnacle – Bronze
2017 Texas Festival & Events Association
Best T-Shirt Design – Gold
Best Social Media Site – Silver
Best Promotional Brochure – Silver
Emergency Personnel is provided by the City of Richardson Fire Department and is available to assist as needed. In the case of an emergency, please notify a police officer, security or staff member right away.
Food & Beverage
The Food Court at Cottonwood offers a variety of Festival favorites such as corn dogs, barbecue, gyros and so much more. A variety of non-alcoholic beverages are also available at each booth and vendors accept cash or credit card.
Craft Beer, Wine and Margaritas are available for purchase at the Lakeside Courtyard Beer Tent or through out the Festival at various beverage carts. Alcoholic beverages are only sold to patrons 21 years and older presenting valid identification. State laws and regulations require that all alcoholic beverages purchased at the Festival remain on-site. Security at the gates will ask you to dispose of any alocholic beverages before you exit or enter.
Lost Child or Member of Your Party
In the case of a lost child or member of your party, please notify a police officer, security or staff member right away so that we can reunite the.
Media & Press Releases
For media inquiries please contact Festival Director, Serri Ayers at 972-744-4582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official Festival Merchandise
Visit the Cottonwood Festival Headquarters & Boutique located in the Lakeside Courtyard for all your official Festival merchandise. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to purchase the commemorative poster, t-shirt, hat and more. All major credit cards are accepted.
Pets at Cottonwood
Since Cottonwood Art Festival is located in a public park, we allow well behaved dogs on leashes accompanied by an adult. If your dog does not get along with others (dogs, children or adults) please leave them at home. Please be considerate of artists and their art work and keep pets away from exhibits. If your pet damages an artist’s exhibit or work, you will be asked to clean or purchase the item. All owners must clean up after their dogs. There are doggie bags located throughout the park. You and your pet will be asked to leave if there are any issues regarding bad behavior.
Please respect the original artwork of the artists. Taking photos of their work without permission first is prohibited. By entering the Cottonwood Art Festival, patrons grant the City of Richardson the right to use their image or likeness, or their child’s image or likeness, in any promotional or advertising materials and/or any live or recorded transmission of the Cottonwood Art Festival
- Unlicensed firearms
- Contraband, explosives or other hazardous items
- Skateboards, skates, roller blades, scooters, hoverboards, segways or any personal motorized vehicle
- No smoking except in designated areas (per City Ordinance No. 3710)
- Unauthorized vendors including unauthorized solicitors and materials including handbills, stickers, beach balls, give-aways, samples, etc.
Personal bag, Backpacks and coolers are allowed into the Festival however persons and belongings entering the Festival site may be subject to inspection for any prohibited items
Portable facilities are located throughout the Festival site. Permanent restrooms are also located near the Food Court
Safety & Security
Your safety as a Festival attendee is our top priority. The City of Richardson Police Department and a private security company provide on-site security and monitor the Festival grounds throughout the weekend.