This Memorial Day weekend, CityArts Festival will begin it’s second year at Fair Park in Dallas. As I talked about last year, this event has experienced some growing pains after moving from it’s downtown Dallas location in the Arts district to the new venue at Fair Park. This year’s festivities are sure to please and this event is starting to fit very well in Fair Park.
Chock-full of awesome art, fabulous food, celebrity chefs, wacky Art Cars, kids crafts, teen/adult art classes and much more, the CityArts Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at Fair Park bringing free fun for staycationers to soak up this Memorial Day weekend May 25 – 27.
Presented by Big City Crushed Concrete, CityArts Festival will feature ARTFEST, the outdoor juried art show coordinated by The 500 Inc. showcasing fine art and original pieces by more than 100 renowned artists. Other highlights include 60s-themed dance parties followed by outdoor film screenings Friday and Saturday night, art classes for adults, kids crafts Saturday and Sunday, amazing Art Cars, discount admission to museums at varying times, food trucks and vendors, shopping, top-of-the-hour “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, and more.
One of the more popular events at this year’s CityArts Festival is the culinary showcase. Featuring chefs such as Richard Chamberlain and wines from Dave Matthews, the culinary showcase is a must see to satisfy your senses with cooking demonstrations, wine and spirit sampling and more.
Reduced admission to Fair Park’s six museums at select times
What a better way to sample all of Fair Park’s six museums than with reduced admission (at select times) to the African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, Museum of Nature & Science, Texas Discovery Gardens, and Texas Museum of Automotive History. For the museum schedule, check cityartsfestival.com for the latest updates.
Bands and Entertainment
A mix of musical, dance and performing arts acts will be featured throughout the weekend on three stages including the Main Stage sponsored by MetroPCS. Friday’s line-up will include Dallas band 5 Second Rule and Nashville singer/songwriter Derik Hultquist, among others. Saturday’s schedule will feature sounds of inspiring young rockers from local music schools including Zounds Sounds and School of Rock, plus up-and-coming “master artists” from Septien Entertainment Group such as Ryan Akin, Remington, Kaitlin Lindley and Caroline Brenner will perform throughout the day.
The Texas Cool Dancers will perform their country and western line dance choreographed by Glee’s own Zach Woodlee. Other Saturday entertainers will include various folklorico dance groups, plus Galen Jeter’s Dallas County Rock Band will take the stage that evening. Sunday’s lineup includes local favorites such as the Daniel de Córdoba Bailes Españoles, GenX Playhouse Puppet Show, Orquesta Cervantes, Reverend Leon & The Repenters, and Stefani Little Band. Check cityartsfestival.com for the latest entertainment schedules.
For More Information
Free and open to the public, CityArts Festival will run 6 – 10 p.m. Friday (May 25); 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday (May 26); and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday (May 27). Outdoor activities will take place along the Leonhardt Lagoon, Cotton Bowl Plaza, Promenade, and First and Grand avenues at Fair Park (1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd, Dallas 75210). Parking will be available at gates 2, 5 and 6.The City of Dallas charges $10 to park within the gates of Fair Park, or visitors can ride DART’s Green Line Rail to the Fair Park or MLK, Jr. stations.
For details, call 214-421-9600 or go to cityartsfestival.com. For real-time updates, like CityArts Festival on Facebook and follow@CityArtsDallas on Twitter.