Festival season has begun in Richardson, with the return of the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival and the 50th anniversary of the biannual Cottonwood Arts Festival. Save the date for some of Richardson's most highly anticipated events kicking off over the next few weeks.


April 21








Facilities close for easter


City facilities, including recreation centers and the library, close in observance of Easter Sunday. Several churches throughout Richardson host worship services; please check websites for times and details.







April 27-28








Shop a spring market


The Junior League of Richardson will host its inaugural Spring Market & Craft Boutique at the Richardson Civic Center. The event will feature clothing, handmade items, jewelry, gourmet food and home decor from over 65 vendors. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). Admission is $5-$8. 411 W. Arapaho Road. www.jlrtx.com







April 28








Buy used books


This sale, located at the Richardson Public Library, will include thousands of books, DVDs and CDs. Most items are priced between 50 cents and $2. 2-5 p.m. Free to attend. Basement Program Room, 900 Civic Center Drive. 972-744-4350. www.cor.net/departments/public-library







May 4








Cast your vote


Richardson residents can cast ballots for City Council, Plano ISD and Collin College races on May 4. Dallas County residents must vote by precinct, while those in Collin County can vote at any county polling location on election day. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For a list of polling locations and voter ID requirements, visit communityimpact.com/ric.







May 4








Brewery turns four


Four Bullets Brewery celebrates its four-year anniversary with craft beer, food for purchase from The Fifth Fireside Patio & Bar, birthday cake and live music by bands Nue Direction and Sam or I. noon-8 p.m. Free to attend. 640 N. Interurban Street. 469-351-0511. www.fourbulletsbrewery.com







May 4








Enjoy the symphony


The Richardson Symphony Orchestra concludes its 57th season with a performance featuring Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang. 8 p.m. $15-$70. The Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations,2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650.www.eisemanncenter.com







May 4-5








Attend an arts festival


The biannual Cottonwood Art Festival returns for its 50th anniversary. Highlights of the event include a juried show and a showcasing of art from 14 different categories. The festival also features local bands and food available in the courtyard. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free admission. Cottonwood Park, 1321 Belt Line Road. 972-744-4580.www.cottonwoodartfestival.com







May 5








Celebrate Cinco de Mayo


The Richardson Public Library will host a Cinco de Mayo event featuring a performance by Alma y Corazon Tejano Ballet Folklorico as well as a chance to create traditional Cinco de Mayo crafts. 3-4 p.m. Free. 900 Civic Center Drive. 972-744-4350. www.cor.net/departments/public-library







May 17-19








Rock out at Wildflower!


The multiday Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival returns to Richardson for its 27th year. This year’s event includes an eclectic lineup of musicians and bands, including Fitz and the Tantrums, Judah & the Lion, Blue Oyster Cult, The Jacksons, Good Charlotte, Neon Trees and more. 6 p.m.-midnight (Fri.), 11 a.m.-midnight (Sat.), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.). $12 per day (residents), $15-$40 per day (nonresidents). 2351 Performance Drive.972-744-4580. www.wildflowerfestival.com