Rock out at Wildflower! Festival and rock the vote: Here are 9 events happening in Richardson in April and May

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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

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Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.
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