Free festival will feature a Friday night film under the stars, rooftop fireworks Saturday, ongoing entertainment, ARTFEST, kids activities, free museum visits at select times, a culinary area, “dancing water” shows and more.
Moving to Memorial Day weekend May 27 – 29, CityArts Festival presented by Big City Crushed Concrete will offer a spectacular mix of activities and entertainment for families and art aficionados alike to enjoy against the backdrop of historic Fair Park, a national landmark featuring the world’s largest collection of art deco exhibit buildings, art and sculpture. Free and open to the public, CityArts Festival will include an outdoor film Friday night, rooftop fireworks Saturday night, plus ARTFEST will return to its traditional outdoor setting over Memorial Day weekend featuring art by nearly 150 renowned juried artists.
Other holiday-weekend highlights include ongoing entertainment; free visits to Fair Park’s eight museums at select times, including the new Texas Museum of Automotive History; an indoor culinary showcase; a super-sized children’s area featuring interactive activities, crafts and entertainment with more than 20 of Dallas’ most prominent arts organizations; CityArts Marketplace; multi-disciplinary demos; “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain; and more.
We’re thrilled to be part of such a huge and diverse event as CityArts Festival,” said Trey Brown, vice president of Big City Crushed Concrete. “As a Dallas-based company with offices near Fair Park, we have a long-standing fondness for the historic landmark. “I predict Fair Park is going to be THE place to go this Memorial Day weekend!”
ARTFEST, the juried art show coordinated by The 500, Inc., will be outdoors at CityArts Festival, showcasing fine art and original pieces by nearly 150 renowned Texas and national artists, all while raising money for cultural arts organizations in the Dallas area.
“From an outdoor film on the lawn to rooftop fireworks, there are a lot of new and exciting activities this year that really make CityArts Festival a unique event,” said David Luther, chair of Friends of Fair Park. “With all the great space at Fair Park, it’s clear this is an ideal setting where the festival can naturally grow and thrive. In just its second year at Fair Park, CityArts Festival is already seeing an impressive jump in community involvement from arts and cultural groups. We appreciate all the wonderful support and look forward to a truly memorable weekend!”
Free museum visits at select times Saturday and Sunday (see below).
Thanks to Atmos Energy, Fair Park’s eight museums will offer free admission on Saturday and Sunday (at select times) including the African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, the new Texas Museum of Automotive History, Texas Discovery Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science and Museum of the American Railroad. In addition, the Dallas Summer Musicals will present 9 to 5: The Musical at 8 p.m. Friday, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Music Hall (tickets required). See below for museum schedule, and check cityartsfestival.com for the latest updates.
Outdoor film featuring “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” ongoing entertainment on three stages, plus rooftop fireworks to rock Fair Park.
The Main Stage sponsored by MetroPCS will be hoppin’ with hot headliners outside the Cotton Bowl. On Friday, the Inner City All-Stars will get jazzy for the opening act at 6 p.m. Then the get-up-and-dance group Synergy will take the stage at 8 p.m. Sponsored by Capital One Bank and hosted by the Dallas Film Society, a FREE outdoor film screening of the 1961 classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will take place at 9 p.m. Friday on the lawn next to the WRR 101.1 building. On Saturday the internationally acclaimed 150+ male chorale group The Vocal Majority Chorus will perform at 7 p.m., followed by a rockin’ show by the nine-member Trubone Band at 8:30 p.m. Afterward, rooftop fireworks sponsored by Gold Metal Recyclers will light the skies above the Cotton Bowl Plaza at 10 p.m. On Sunday at 3 p.m., Havana NRG! will have the crowds boogying to their high-energy Latin dance beats.
A variety of multicultural musical, dance and performing arts acts will be on tap throughout the weekend. Friday’s line-up will include the Allegro Guitar Society; Destiny Tabernacle of Worship Youth Department; Latin Sensassions; Ray Baker Project; TangoAmor; and The Mambos. Saturday’s schedule will include shows by Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble; Bowie Salsa; Contemporary Ballet Dallas; Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth; Daniel de Córdoba Bailes Españoles; Orquesta Cervantes; School of Contemporary Ballet Dallas; Shakespeare Dallas; SIMA Ballet Folklorico; South Dallas Concert Choir; Strings of Color; The SmeeTones; the University of North Texas African Ensemble; and more. Sunday’s schedule will include 5 Second Rule; Ballet de Force; Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl; Dyaaly Kunola West African Drum; Events in Motion; Inner City All-Stars; iNStep; Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth; Skyline High School Urban Dance Theater; The Jasmines; and more.
Cooking demos with some of Texas’ most celebrated chefs, plus craft beer, wine and liquor tastings at Culinary Showcase.
Foodies and wine enthusiasts can convene at the Culinary Showcase led by Lisa Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Restaurants inside the Texas Museum of Automotive History. Throughout the weekend, festival goers ages 21 and up (with valid ID) can enjoy cooking demos and samplings by some of Texas’ most celebrated chefs including Regional Executive Chef David F. Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House; Chef Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chophouse and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill; Executive Chef Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill; Executive Chef David McMillan of Screen Door; Chef/Owner Janice Provost of Parigi; Corporate Chef Aaron Staudenmaier of Abacus; and more. Author and award-winning cheesemaker Paula Lambert, founder of The Mozzarella Company, will be on site for demos including bruschetta with goat cheese and ratatouille, plus watermelon, tomato and mozzarella salad. Guests can try out an assortment of craft beer, wine and liquor, learn the latest wine-pairing tips, and awaken their taste buds with tequila and vodka tastings (supplies limited). Outside the Culinary Showcase, all ages can enjoy mouth-watering meals, snacks and refreshments from various restaurants and vendors including Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Ain’t No Mo Butter Cakes and dozens more.
Kids fun, crafts, shopping and “dancing water” to delight all ages.
CityArts Marketplace will feature unique gifts, clothing, collectibles and other eclectic items suitable for bargain shoppers and high-end buyers.
The Prudential Children’s Area will be chock-full of arts and crafts, interactive activities and family-fun entertainment. The Dallas Zoo will present their interactive Animal Adventure live animal show at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More than 20 prominent arts organizations and nonprofits will be on site including Big Thought; Crow Collection of Asian Art; Dallas Contemporary; Dallas Film Society; Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance; Dallas Museum of Art; Dallas Public Library; Dallas Summer Musicals; International Museum of Cultures; Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth; Museum of the American Railroad; Musical Angels; Nasher Sculpture Center; Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture; Sip-n-doodle; Texas Discovery Gardens; Texas Museum of Automotive History; The McKinney Avenue Contemporary; The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future; and more. (Note: The children’s area will be open Saturday and Sunday until 6 p.m.)
The Big Thought Touring Art Exhibit presented by Prudential will feature art created by students in the Thriving Minds After School program at John W. Carpenter Elementary School. Artwork will include fabric weavings, ceramic sculptures and stained glass murals focused on the meaning of community.
“Dancing water” shows choreographed to music at the Esplanade Fountain will make a splash and turn some smiles throughout the weekend.
Sponsors and General Information for CityArts Festival
The presenting sponsor for CityArts Festival is Big City Crushed Concrete. Major sponsors are Atmos Energy, Capital One Bank, Gold Metal Recyclers, MetroPCS and Prudential. Other sponsors are Baylor Healthcare System, Ben E. Keith Beverage Company, Budweiser, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Coca-Cola, Dallas Film Society, Kroger, North Texas Tollway Authority, Statewide Remodeling, Ultimat Vodka, Texas Museum of Automotive History, The Patrón Spirits Company and VIKING. Media partners are Fox 4 and My27, Univision 23, 98.7 KLUV, WRR Classical 101.1 FM, 97.9 The Beat, 94.5 K-Soul, 1270 AM La Voz del Pueblo, 107.9 La Kalle, Al Dia, Downtown Business News, The Greensheet and Yelp. DART is the Official Transportation Provider. Founded by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2004, CityArts Festival is now presented by Friends of Fair Park in collaboration with a variety of cultural, civic and arts organizations.
Free and open to the public, CityArts Festival will run Friday, May 27, from 6 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 28, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday, May 29, from noon – 6 p.m. Parking will be available at Gates 2 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 Station. Activities will take place outdoors along the Lagoon, Cotton Bowl Plaza and the Promenade at Fair Park (1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd, Dallas 75210).
For details, call 214-421-9600 or go to cityartsfestival.com.
About Big City Crushed Concrete
For over 23 years, Big City Crushed Concrete has provided the construction industry significant economic and environmental benefits by recycling clean, concrete rubble into TXDOT Grade rock materials. By using crushed concrete products, anyone from homeowners, to landscapers, to general contractors, can help reduce land filled concrete waste, conserve natural resources, and gain significant economic savings on materials and disposal costs. We currently operate four full-time facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Each site accepts disposal of CLEAN (no trash or dirt) concrete rubble free of charge. This service provides contractors involved in a LEED project an excellent opportunity to acquire points by recycling. Contractors also gain points by using our high quality finished products produced through the crushing and recycling process. In addition to concrete recycling, we provide onsite mobile crushing to customers that include local municipalities, DFW Airport and American Airlines.Because of Big City Crushed Concrete’s extensive experience and commitment to producing higher quality products, our customers have total confidence in using our materials and our on-site crushing service. Whether you need a disposal site, rock materials, or concrete crushing on-site, please consider us for your next project! For more information, visit werockdallas.com.
About The 500, Inc.
The 500, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been producing successful fundraisers for the arts in Dallas for over 40 years. The 500, Inc.’s mission now includes three cornerstones of activity: to raise money for the Arts, to serve the Arts with talent, time and services and to train, interest and educate its Members about the Arts. Since its founding, The 500, Inc.’s mission has grown to support Dallas’ visual, theatrical and musical Arts. The organization has donated over $12 million to over 45 different arts organizations and countless volunteer hours to support our mission of a healthy Arts Community. For more information, visit the500inc.org.
About Friends of Fair Park
The purpose of Friends of Fair Park is to promote the year-round use of Fair Park; to support the Fair Park Museums; to encourage year round use of the Park; to preserve the buildings, art, sculpture, and related artifacts of the 1936 Texas Centennial.
About Fair Park
Fair Park, a cultural and entertainment center, is a division of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Located two miles east of downtown Dallas, Fair Park is home to eight museums and six performance facilities/organizations, including the Dallas Summer Musicals/Music Hall, Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Wind Symphony/Band Shell, African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, The Women’s Museum, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, Texas Museum of Automotive History, Texas Discovery Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science, Museum of the American Railroad and Cotton Bowl Stadium. This National Historic Landmark has the largest collection of 1930s Art Deco exposition style architecture in the world and is located on 277 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Special features include the Leonhardt Lagoon, Texas Vietnam Memorial and the Smith Fountain. For more information, call the Fair Park Information Line at 214-421-9600 or visit fairpark.org.
Fair Park Museum Schedule
Sponsored by Atmos Energy, Fair Park’s eight museums will offer free admission at select times, plus special programming on Saturday and Sunday during CityArts Festival Memorial Day weekend (May 27 – 29).
NOTE: Hours and programming are subject to change. Check cityartsfestival.com for the latest updates.
The African American Museum will offer free admission from noon – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can view the museum’s various collections of African art, African-American fine art and African folk art, along with their current exhibitions including Bayou Sculptors.
The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will be open until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and will offer free admission to the first 250 visitors on both days. After that, a $2 discount will be offered. (Adult admission will be reduced to $6, and youth and senior admission will be reduced to $4.) Children ages 3 and under receive free admission. Special activities will include a piranha feeding at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and a shark feeding at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. For an additional $2, visitors can feed the stingrays at the popular touch tank of marine creatures and the stingray touch area.
The Hall of State will offer free admission from noon – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Designed by Donald Bartheleme, the Hall of State was built in 1936 as the centerpiece of the Texas Centennial Exposition. It is renowned for its Arts Deco styling and magnificent interior.
The Museum of Nature & Science will be open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Regular general exhibit admission is $10 for adults 18-61; $9 for seniors 62+ and students 12-17; $7 for children 2-11; children under 2 are free; MNS members of all ages are admitted for free. Free admission will be offered from 5 – 9 p.m. Saturday. (Charges apply for special exhibits, IMAX® and Planetarium shows.)
Featured activities and programming will include the new summer exhibit “Chinasaurs” at the Science Building; IMAX® films including “Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure,” “Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs” and “Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World” at the TI Founders IMAX® Theater in the Science Building; and Planetarium shows including “Universe,” “Wonders of the Universe,” “Texas Night Sky” and “Secrets of the Sun.”
IMAX® tickets are $7 for adults ages 18-61 (member adults $6); $6 for seniors 62+ and students 12-17 (member seniors and students $5); $6 for children 2-11 (member children $5); and free for children under 2. Planetarium tickets are $3.50 for non-member adults, students, seniors and children ages 2-11; $2.50 for member adults, students, seniors and children ages 2-11; and free for children under 2. Tickets for “Chinasaurs” are $5 for non-members and $1 for members during the 6 – 9 p.m. free admission time Saturday.
The Museum of the American Railroad will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will offer free admission from noon – 5 p.m. both days. Special activities include tours of their vintage railroad equipment.
Texas Discovery Gardens will be open from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday and Sunday and will offer free admission from noon – 5 p.m. both days. Special activities include butterfly release demonstrations inside the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors also can enjoy the art exhibition “Outside the Back Door” featuring artist Carroll Swenson-Roberts in a garden-themed show. The colorful pieces explore the patterns found in nature and include seeds and other natural.
The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future will offer free admission from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon – 6 p.m. Sunday for guests to view their permanent exhibits and featured exhibit Louise Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color. Other highlights will include a children’s story hour at 1 p.m. Saturday featuring the book “Angel Child, Dragon Child” by Michele Maria Surat and Vo Dinh Mai.
The new Texas Museum of Automotive History will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will offer free admission from noon – 5 p.m. both days. Special activities include an Indy 500 watch party inside the museum Sunday. (This year marks the 100th anniversary of the famed race!) Various car clubs will be on site, plus Art Cars will be on display in and around the museum. The museum provides an overview look of the automobile’s history from 1901 – 1984 and showcases the interaction between racing and commercial car development through that period.
*** In addition, the Dallas Summer Musicals will present 9 to 5: The Musical at 8 p.m. Friday, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Music Hall. 9 to 5: The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Direct from Broadway, this new musical comedy is based on the hit movie and features Dolly Parton’s original hit title song along with her new Tony Award® and Grammy-nominated score. The book is by Patricia Resnick, co-writer of the original screenplay. Go to dallassummermusicals.org for information on purchasing tickets.