Best Upcoming Art Festivals Around Dallas

April 2, 2012 6:00 AM


Some of the best artists from across the country will be bringing their work to the Metroplex this year, and in some cases you can even see them for free. The Dallas-Fort Worth area will feature numerous festivals in the next few months with national artists, sculptors, photographers, writers and experts and professionals from many other fields. Some of these festivals will feature unique experiences and exhibits never before seen in the Metroplex.
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Deep Ellum Arts Festival
Deep Ellum Entertainment District
Main Street (between Good Latimer and Hall Street)
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 327-3749

Price: Free
Dates: April 6 to April 8, 2012
Hours: Friday, April 6, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, April 8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
More information available on the Facebook page

Deep Ellum has been Dallas’ most famous art community for decades, and the Deep Ellum Arts Festival is the biggest and brightest the community has to offer. The three-day free festival will feature 200 artists and their original works, with more than a hundred bands, singers and performance artists working on five different stages. Stick around for Sunday’s community non-denominational spiritual service at 11 a.m., followed by the famous Pet Parade at noon.

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Dallas Art Fair

Fashion Industry Gallery
1807 Ross Ave., Suite 250
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 220-1278

Price: $25 for a day, $50 for a three-day pass.
Dates: April 13 to April 15, 2012
Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15, with a preview gala Thursday night. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Dallas Art Fair has seen more than 20,000 guests since it began in 2009. This year’s fair will feature more than 70 prominent artists and art dealers, both modern and contemporary. Exhibits will include paintings, sculpture, prints and photos. The Art Fair begins with a Preview Gala Thursday, April 12, which will benefit the Dallas Contemporary and Nasher Sculpture Center.

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2nd Annual BooksmART Festival
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 922-1200

Price: TBA, available on website
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2012
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The BooksmART Festival is a family-friendly gathering of writers, artists, musicians, and storytellers for the whole family. Last year’s festival included workshops and discussions with such award-winning writers and artists as Rick Riordan (“Percy Jackson & The Olympians” series), Norton Juster (“The Phantom Tollbooth”), David Wiesner (“Art & Max,” “Tuesday”), and Jerry Pinkney (“Aesop’s Fables,” “The Lion & The Mouse”). Whether you’re young or just young-at-heart, the 2nd Annual BooksmART Festival aims to entertain you.

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CityArts Festival

Fair Park
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75210
(214) 670-8400
Price: Free, although the City of Dallas charges $10 to park in Fair Park.

Dates: May 25 to May 27, 2012
Hours: Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Originally founded in 2004 by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, CityArts Festival takes place in Fair Park over Memorial Day Weekend, and is free to the public. ARTFEST returns this year to bring in more than two hundred visual artists from across the country for the juried art show. The festival will also feature ArtCars and a collection of antique cars, after-dark outdoor film screenings, and free or reduced admission to Fair Park’s world famous museums. There will also be multiple stages with music, dancing, and other performing arts.

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Cottonwood Art Festival

Cottonwood Park
1321 W. Belt Line Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 744-4581

Price: Free
Dates: May 5 to May 6, 2012
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

The Cottonwood Art Festival has been a tradition for more than 40 years and will feature more than 240 local, regional, and national artists this year. The art festival is juried, with about 1,400 artists initially submitting works for consideration in 14 different categories, including 2D and 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Leather, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and others.

There’s also an ArtStop area for the kids where they can try their hand at various forms of art from sculpture to collages. The festival will feature music all day in “The Courtyard,” with 10 different bands like Shoot Low Sheriff and Dragline performing.

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Reid Kerr has been a professional writer for television and radio for more than twenty years. Currently living in Tyler, TX, Reid has written for Examiner for four years, as well as numerous other websites, newspapers, and magazines. His work can be found at