This weekend, May 4 & 5, the City of Richardson is hosting one of its biggest events of the year, the Cottonwood Art Festival.

The festival is celebrating 50 years and will feature more than 240 artists who were chosen to exhibit their museum-quality work from approximately 1,400 submissions.

Rain during the week has hampered and dampened some of the setup but this weekend’s forecast looks perfect for the event.

“We are watching the weather constantly. Right now we are looking good, but at any moment if we’re not we have a great social media presence and it will run on social media if the weather is great or bad. If it’s dangerous we will either postpone it and wait until it goes away,” said Serri Ayers, superintendent of Community Events.

This year’s featured artist is Kathleen Willer, who makes semi-abstracted landscape paintings with acrylic paint, oil and pencil on canvas. Willer has shown in hundreds of fine arts fairs around the country and her work is collected by numerous private collectors and business and corporation on five continents.

Cottonwood Arts Festival is free with various vendors selling food and drinks including BBQ and southern cooking to handcrafted soda and espresso. There will also be two musical stages.

Visit Cottonwood Art Festival at for more information.