The City of Richardson today announced that the spring celebration of its semiannual Cottonwood Art Festival, scheduled for May 2-3, 2020, and the 28th annual Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, scheduled for May 15-17, 2020, have been canceled. The cancellations are designed to protect the public’s health and safety, consistent with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and other public health experts, and also to ensure that City resources can remain fully focused on delivery of critical services throughout the duration of the COVID-19 situation.

Wildflower! Festival
Full refunds will be available to all Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival ticketholders. For those who ordered tickets online, refunds will be processed automatically through Etix, so further action by ticketholders is not required.

To receive a refund-by-check for Richardson resident discount tickets, residents must send their tickets, along with their name and mailing address, to:

City of Richardson
Accounting Department
P.O. Box 830309
Richardson, TX 75083-0309

Cottonwood Festival
The Cottonwood Art Festival is a free, non-ticketed event, so no refunds are required. The fall celebration of the Cottonwood Art Festival, now in its 51st year, is still scheduled to take place as planned over the weekend of October 3-4, 2020.

Sponsors and exhibitors at both festivals were notified today of the City’s cancellation decision.

Any individuals or groups who planned travel or hotel accommodations for either event should contact their travel provider immediately for cancellations and further guidance on refund options.

Quote From Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker
“After significant deliberations, we felt that we had no other choice but to cancel these events as the only right decision under the circumstances. It is unfortunate, as these festivals have been a major part of our community coming together for decades, but it was necessary to ensure that we are not putting thousands of visitors at risk and that we are remaining fully compliant with the guidance provided by federal, state and county officials,” said Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker. “Nevertheless, we are happy to say that the fall celebration of the Cottonwood Art Festival is still planned, and that we eagerly and optimistically look forward to seeing everyone gathered together in Cottonwood Park this October.”

More on Cancellation Decision
Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, cities, counties and states across the U.S. have limited or banned large public gatherings, and both Dallas and Collin counties have issued orders prohibiting public gatherings for the immediate future – orders that county officials have already declared are likely to be extended soon, based on the continually evolving pandemic situation. In light of this, many North Texas event organizers have already canceled or postponed events this spring, and others are currently in the process of evaluating or announcing their options.

Additionally, yesterday the Richardson City Council announced a continuation of the Declaration of Disaster for a Local Health Emergency that was first signed by Mayor Voelker on March 18, 2020. The newly amended declaration expanded prohibitions and includes orders for residential sheltering in place as well as the closing of all Richardson business operations not considered to be “essential.” The declaration is effective until April 30, 2020, unless superseded, canceled, modified, amended or terminated earlier by the Mayor and/or the City Council due to changed conditions.

For further information about these event cancellations, or to monitor for new information about future City of Richardson festivals and events, please visit www.cor.net/departments/parks-recreation, www.wildflowerfestival.com, www.cottonwoodartfestival.com or the social media feeds of the City and both festivals.

(All updates related to the coronavirus and its impact on City services and events can be found on the City of Richardson’s COVID-19 news page at www.cor.net/coronavirus.)