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A World of Fun Awaits!

From award-winning festivals to an enchanting Christmas village, Richardson is home to some of North Texas’ most anticipated and fun-filled events!  There truly is something for everyone no matter your age or your passion, be it art, music, food, fireworks, shopping and most importantly, FUN!

The festival season runs from May to December and includes fine art shows, a music festival, patriotic salutes, family fun events, arts and crafts, and a magical winter wonderland.

Mark your calendar and come have some fun!

Richardson’s Family Fourth Celebration

Hey America, it’s time to paint the sky red, white and blue!

Join us in Breckinridge Park on July 4th as we give an old fashioned annual patriotic salute to our nation’s independence, complete with an amazing fireworks show synchronized with skylites, and a visit from Uncle Sam himself.

There’s also a patriotic concert performed by the Richardson Community Band and lots of activities for the family. So, bring your picnic basket and enjoy the sights and sounds of one of North Texas’ best fireworks shows. You really will be “seeing stars!”

Cottonwood Art Festival

“There’s an art to having fun” and the fun begins at Cottonwood Art Festival.  Twice a year, first full weekends in May and October, over 250 of the best local, national and international artists will transform Cottonwood Park into a unique, outdoor fine art gallery.

This award-winning art festival features one-of-a-kind, limited edition works in paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography. Cottonwood Art Festival is North Texas’ premier fine arts event.

In addition to the spectacular fine art, Cottonwood also offers delicious cuisine, live music entertainment, and a beautifully landscaped courtyard/café that borders Cottonwood Lake - the perfect mid-day stop to sit and relax while you enjoy food, spirits, and live music and take in the scenes of the festival. The festivities at Cottonwood Art Festival don't stop with the adult art aficionados!!  For the “pint-size Picasso's” in the crowd, there’s ArtStop, the festival's hands-on, interactive children's area.  Over 100 volunteers, life size paint brushes, and activities no child can resist welcome your little ones to a world of art!

Cottonwood Art Festival has something for everyone and is the perfect way to celebrate a beautiful fall or spring weekend!  At Cottonwood there truly is an art to having fun!

Huffhines Art Trails

The trails of Huffhines Park come alive during the last weekend of October! The best arts and crafts show in North Texas has become an annual tradition for those patrons searching for that perfect, unique holiday gift for friends, family, or themselves!

Huffhines Art Trails features 180 local and out of state artisans and craftsmen showcasing a wide variety of contemporary, traditional and country crafts, as well as fine art.

From jewelry to woodwork, metal work to fiber, painting to photography, pottery to glass, you’re sure to find a unique keepsake for yourself or a loved one as you wind the trails in the beautifully landscaped Huffhines Park!

And what about the kids?  Huffhines Art Trails presents an annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest open to children of all ages! While the big kids are shopping, the younger ones can participate in our “Huffhines Hunt,” an on-site scavenger hunt that takes you through the winding trails!

Stop by Café Huffhines for your list of finds. All that art and yet there’s more!  Huffhines Art Trails offers live local entertainment on its very own “Front Porch” Stage!  Combine all of this and you’re looking at a weekend full of ART, MUSIC, FOOD & FUN!  We’ll see you on the trails!

Parks & Trails

Whether it’s business or pleasure that brings you to Richardson, there’s something to please everyone. You can leave your cares behind and soak up the natural beauty and tranquility of Richardson’s 40 miles of trails and walkways or enjoy the serenity of Galatyn Woodland Preserve, Breckinridge Park or the Spring Creek Nature Area.

The 8 acres that make up the Galatyn Park Woodland Preserve include a play area for children with climb-friendly versions of critters one might see in the park, such as beavers, snakes, rabbits and turtles. You’ll also find a wooden boardwalk over a marshy area, perfect for observing birds and wildlife, picnic tables, a chess/checkers table, a horseshoe pit and wetland ponds.

In the spring, Poppies, Indian Paintbrush and other wildflowers grow along the shady trail that meanders through the preserve, where mature oak, elm and ash trees help block out the sounds of traffic. The park’s hike-and-bike trail connects to the DART light-rail system and the Spring Creek Nature Area that are part of the city’s 40-mile trail system.

Spring Creek Nature Area offers approximately 2 miles of hike-and-bike trails in 51 acres of hardwood forest with natural overlooks and a pedestrian bridge over the winding Spring Creek. Picnic tables, scenic rest stops and even a horseshoe pit are scattered along the trail with lots of interesting little places you can explore.

The 417 acres that compose Breckinridge Park include 4.5 miles of multi-use trails, pavilions that are reservable, restroom facilities and drinking fountains, playgrounds, picnic tables, rest stops, a beautiful woodland nature area, a 10-acre lake, a number of athletic fields and parking. This park reminds nature lovers what North Texas once looked like: fields of wildflowers, a deep limestone creek winding through the woods, and an open prairie covered with grasses. It is also home to songbirds and butterflies in the spring and to numerous permanent and migratory birds in the fall.  While observing the natural beauty and variety of species at Breckinridge, you might also notice riparian, prairie and upland forest habitats in the area.

Sites & Sounds

From a visit to Owens Spring Farm and Museum, a trip to Miss Belle’s Place or the North Texas Auto Museum to a night of bowling, billiards or a show, Richardson has something for everyone.

 

Richardson’s central location also makes it easily accessible to major area attractions, shopping establishments, and sporting events.

 

You can set your sights on the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, take your family to the zoo or aquarium, or visit one of the many museums or entertainment districts easily accessible by car or DART light rail.

Explore the Arts!

The City of Richardson is committed to supporting cultural arts, leisure entertainment, and programs that foster artistic diversity with its own Symphony Orchestra, Richardson Community Band, Theatre Centre, Repertory Company Theatre, Chamber Music Society, Visual Art Society and a number of Ballet troupes and other Dance Groups.

Not to be missed the Galatyn Park Urban Center in Richardson’s Telecom Corridor area, the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations is a magnet, attracting people throughout North Texas to attend concerts, theatrical performances, and business meetings in an 117,000 square foot, multi-purpose public facility.

Owned and operated by the City of Richardson, the Eisemann Center has 3 main venues, and is located next to the Renaissance Hotel off Central Expressway and the DART light rail Galatyn Park Station, just south of President George Bush Turnpike.

Richardson has become a foundation for the arts for both local entertainment and national touring companies.

Explore Richardson Arts today!

Shop Smart! Shop Richardson

Richardson offers plenty of possibilities for terrific shopping excursions, shopping centers, specialty boutiques, antique and collectible shops, bookstores, outdoor shopping and entertainment destinations, and much more.

 

The Shire, Dal Rich Village and II Creeks are just a few of Richardson’s more than 50 shopping centers, where colorful and multi-cultural shopping experiences tempt savvy consumers. 

 

Richardson’s central location makes it easily accessible to major shopping malls like Collin Creek, North Park, The Galleria or maybe you prefer one of the nearby outlet malls or Firewheel Town Center.  Whatever your choice, Richardson is the smart convenient location.

Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

The Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is an award-winning, full-scale arts & music festival showcasing local, regional and national acts performing on multiple outdoor/indoor stages.

Held annually at Galatyn Park on the third weekend in May, Wildflower! also features a Battle of the Bands competition, the Acoustic Café and Lounge, the Art Guitar Auction, the Taste of Texas Food Garden, the family-friendly Kidz Korner, the City of Richardson petting zoo, and The Wild Marketplace… a shopper’s paradise!

Festival programming also includes one of the state’s top Singer/Songwriter contests and stage, strolling buskers and acrobats, and the Wild Ride, a bike ride to benefit cancer research.

Previous acts include: The Doobie Brothers, Pat Benatar, Toadies, Everclear, Hank Williams Jr., The Go Go’s, Huey Lewis & The News, Hoobastank, Isaac Hayes, Jerry Jeff Walker, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, America, The Wailers, Blue Oyster Cult, Bowling For Soup, Kenny Loggins, Morris Day & The Time, Bret Michaels of Poison, Rick Springfield, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, Tonic, Tanya Tucker, Peter Frampton, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Jonny Lang, Roberta Flack, Smash Mouth, The Dixie Chicks, and Kool & The Gang.

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