The paintings – and the plays – are the thing this spring in Plano’s Downtown Arts District as the city’s popular Artfest returns, April 22 and 23.
This year, the Saturday night Artfest experience will be geared towards a more contemporary art crowd. It will include 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. Begins at 5 p.m. in Haggard Park.
Sunday’s Artfest event will be the traditional, family-fun day for young families and art lovers of all types. It 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. Begins at 10 a.m. in Haggard Park.
Collin College’s art department will be at the festival on both Saturday and Sunday, doing live demonstrations of pottery making and metal pouring art and hosting several interactive public art stations.
Admission to these events is free and parking is available at any of the public lots in Downtown Plano Arts District. For more information, please click here.
Plano Asia Fest, Saturday, May 6th
Experience the cultural allure of Asia without even having to step on a plane. For its 14th consecutive year, the Asian American Heritage celebration unfolds in downtown Plano’s Haggard Park on Saturday, May 6th from 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Countries ranging from Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and the Philippines to Malaysia, Bangladesh and India will all be represented. This cultural-rich experience will feature local vendors, language lessons, Asian medicine, ethnic foods, martial arts, music and fashion shows.
Admission is free and parking is available at the Plano Municipal Court’s parking lot located on the southeastern corner of E 15th Street and H Avenue. For more information please click here.