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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, this prestigious art show has been a part of Richardson life for almost fifty years. Admission is free.

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

Need help finding your way around? Take a look at our site map!

Date and Time

Saturday, October 6, 2018: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 7, 2018: 10 am – 5 pm

Location, Directions, and Parking

Cottonwood Park
1321 W. Beltline Rd.
Richardson, TX
Click here to view a map and directions
Click here for a map of Handicapped Parking.

Parking is located across the street from Cottonwood Park at the Richardson High School football stadium. A free shuttle is provided each day of the festival from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Attendee Hotel

For great hotel accommodations while visiting the festival we recommend the Courtyard Dallas Richardson at Spring Valley, the official hotel of the 2018 Cottonwood Art Festival. This newly renovated hotel offers well appointed accommodations, is conveniently located walking distance to the DART Light Rail and offers a fun and inviting pool/lounge area. Click the link below to search for your dates and to book the best available weekend rate.

Courtyard Dallas Richardson at Spring Valley 

ADA Accommodations

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 Taylor Lough, ADA Coordinator, via phone at 972 744-4208, 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.
Click here for a map of Handicapped Parking.

ATM Location

ATMs are located outside the permanent pool house by the concession area on the main street of the festival. Festival merchandise and most artists accept major credit cards.


Because Cottonwood Art Festival is located in a public park, we allow well-behaved dogs, and a leash, accompanied by an adult. 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.

If you feel that your dog does not socialize well with other dogs or individuals within a public setting, we ask that you please keep them at home. Any dog showing aggressive or unsuitable behavior will be asked to leave, along with their owner.

Featured Artist

Cottonwood Art Festival selects a Featured Artist for each event. For information on our current Featured Artist, please visit our Featured Artist page.

ArtStop Children's Area

Our pint-size Picassos will enjoy a wide array of art and craft activities. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to create a crazy, fun hat, paint a masterpiece, design a monster, weave with yarn, or practice their hand at sculpting clay on a real potter’s wheel.

Emerging Artists Program

The Emerging Artists Program is an innovative and resourceful tool that mentors high school aged students in the art world. Students are encouraged to express themselves artistically and learn the process of exhibiting. This program only takes place in the spring and is proudly sponsored by Neighborhood Credit Union.

Lakeside Courtyard

The Lakeside Courtyard is located near the center of the park directly off the main festival street. Cottonwood Lakeside Courtyard is home to Cottonwood's Boutique, The Main Stage, Festival Headquarters, and Artist Information Booth. The festival courtyard also offers beer, wine and frozen margaritas for purchase at the craft beer garden.

Food and Beverages

CLICK HERE for Culinary Pleasures page

Cottonwood offers a tantalizing selection of unique and tasty culinary delights that will satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

Cottonwood Merchandise

Support the arts and purchase official Cottonwood merchandise in the Boutique, located in the Lakeside Courtyard. A variety of T-shirts, bags, jackets and much more are available for purchase. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

Press Releases

To learn more about Cottonwood Art Festival, take a look at our Press Releases.