This is another one of those weekends in the Dallas area when you should have absolutely no trouble finding something interesting to do – and with the weather improving and the prospect of sunny skies and mild temperatures, the promise of outdoor choices is even more tempting.
Once again, May 4 and 5 are Cottonwood Art Festival, with artists from throughout the country gathering to show works in a variety of media; plenty of food, live music and activities for young and old abound. It’s all free to the public in the beautiful park on Belt Line Road just east of Coit in Richardson. Visitors will find nearby parking, and ample opportunity to meander along the paths and booths stretching along Cottonwood Creek. This is the 44th year of the twice-yearly show which always attracts thousands, no matter what the weather.
This spring’s featured artist is Michelle Mardis, a Texas native who was raised in Fort Worth. Now making her home in Tarpon Springs, Fla., the artist paints animals, mostly dogs in a larger than life, colorful style she says was influenced by Andy Warhol and Ray Lichtenstein. The juried show includes works by 240 artists, selected from more than 1,400 entries. Through the years, many prominent artists have been given a start, or a boost up, through participation is this festival.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Children’s activities are also available, some requiring a fee; dogs on leashes are welcome are welcome as well.
A second possibility for family weekend activity is the first Saturday program sponsored by Target at the Nasher Sculpture Center . Activities, including an art scavenger hunt, family tours, yoga in the garden and a story time with the Dallas Public Library, begin at 10 a.m. and continue nonstop until about 2 p.m. Admission is free. A New York International Children’s Film Festival Kid Flix Mix is scheduled at 1 p.m.
If you’re near Fort Worth, the place to be this weekend is Mayfest at Trinity Park. A run with 10K, 5K and 1K options is planned in the morning, and a Tom Thumb Children’s Area with more than 20 activities, including Live Shark Encounters and the Great American Duck Race with live ducks are all part of the fun. The celebration began Friday evening, continues Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and concludes on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $8; children 3-12 are $5, and kiddies under two are free.
Another free weekend event is the spring show and sale sponsored by the Craft Guild of Dallas. A multitude of works in all media, produced by students and professional artists, are offered for sale, and demonstrations in several media are also planned. With an opening reception and silent auction held Friday evening, the show runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectively. Admission is free.
As always, there are events scheduled both weekend days at Klyde Warren Park. The Park Boot Camp is Saturday from 9-10 a.m. and dog training is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. From 2:30 to 3 p.m. a DCRA Dallas Skyline 360 Tour is scheduled in the Dallas Morning News Reading and Games Room.
For a complete schedule of events at the park during the week, visit here. There is always something happening at this new, innovative Dallas park.
Ending the dayon Saturday, from 3 to 7 p.m., will be the Gap Music Festival, featuring performances by the SMU Bele Tones, Dallas Trombone Quartet, Altius Quartet, Katrina Leshan and Kevin Rank.
And then on Thursday, music will again be in the air at the park from 7:30 to 10 p.m. with the Live on the Lawn Jazz Series, featuring Quamon Mario Cruz and Joseph Vincelli Friends.