Plano Artfest

Melissa Travis, of Plano, looks at nature photographs during the Cottonwood Arts Festival in Richardson.

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Once upon a time, Plano had the reputation as the place friends disappeared after that first baby was born. No more. The city has been on a mission in recent years to revolutionize its image with events, business and a lifestyle that appeals to cool people of all designs. That's part of what makes Artfest increasingly so cool. This year's event aims to offer cultural experiences for everyone. Whether you're looking for nightlife or a way to stimulate cool kids, the city has its pulse on a new type of suburbanite that wants it all.

Plano Artfest is back for a second year. This year's festival will include a week of community art programming that ends with a two-day festival in the Downtown Plano Arts District. Come out and let your creativity loose! Plano Artfest is a FREE community event built around artistic inclusiveness, creative curiosities, and cultural connection.

This year’s Artfest will be adding a Saturday night experience geared towards a more contemporary art crowd, while Sunday will be the traditional family fun day for young families and art lovers of all types.

Saturday’s Artfest experience will include contemporary art installations curated by Dallas artist Joshua King from the AURORA festival, food trucks, an Artisan Lounge presented by Artisan Vapor Company, and a concert held on the Hub Streat Stage in McCall Plaza featuring local bands and regional headliner Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, a band known for their garage/ punk/ soul sound.

Sunday’s event will include the free sidewalk chalk contest, Chalk It Up, and will feature performances from Plano’s best art and cultural groups on the community stage. There will be local food vendors, a makers market, and a Kids Zone with bounce houses and art make-it-and-take-it stations.

Collin College’s art department will be at the festival on both days, doing live demonstrations of pottery making and metal pouring art and hosting several interactive public art stations.
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