As part of the Dallas Culture and Events Examiner’s “Countdown to 15 Days till Memorial Day” segment, I will be featuring an event or cultural activity every day until Memorial Day weekend for all of you Dallasites and transplanted to Dallasites looking for a little fun in the sun before it gets to be over 100 degrees. What a great way to start off the summer season of 2011?
CityArts Festival will be held this year on Memorial Day weekend, May 27th through May 29th. The yearly event is experiencing some growing pains as it made its transition last year to Fair Park from downtown Dallas. David Luther, chair of Friends of Fair Park states, “With all the great space at Fair Park, its clear this is an ideal setting where the festival can naturally grow and thrive.”
Last year, City Arts was a little outdoor fair trying to compete with the big boys nad large industrial buildings – too much space didn’t give the event a small, outdoor art feel. So they are moving all the art outside in natural light – where it should be – and changing the date to Memorial Day weekend. If you are planning on keeping the family at home this Memorial Day Weekend, this is one of the events you need, no you MUST attend.
The move to Fair Park puts artists among the beautiful 1930’s art deco sculptures that adorn Fair Park and for this select weekend, you will be allowed to visit the many museums that surround Fair Park for absolutely FREE! on select days and times. Free and open to the public, the event will feature an Friday night Film under the stars, rooftop fireworks on Saturday night, a culinary area with cooking classes from popular local chefs, kids area, dancing water shows, and ARTFEST coordinated by The 500, Inc. returns to its traditional outdoor setting featuring nearly 150 juried artists. Parking within Fair Park will be $10.
CityArts Festival is presented by Big City Crushed Concrete, which is a Dallas based company with offices near Fair Park. Everyone comes for the art, whether its paintings, sculptures, landscapes, modern art or classical pieces, you will find an eclectic mix at ARTFEST. The juried art show coordinated by The 500, Inc., showcases fine art and original pieces by nearly 150 renowned Texas and national artists, all while raising money for cultural arts organizations in the Dallas area.
Outdoor Film and Entertainment
On Friday night, the Dallas Film Society will be showing a FREE outdoor film screening of the 1961 classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, that will take place at 9 PM Friday on the lawn next to the WRR 101.1 building. The Film is sponsored by Capital One Bank. The Main Stage sponsored by MetroPCS will be hoppin’ with hot headliners outside the Cotton Bowl. On Friday, the Inner City All-Stars will get jazzy for the opening act at 6 p.m. Then the get-up-and-dance group Synergy will take the stage at 8 p.m. On Saturday the internationally acclaimed 150+ male chorale group The Vocal Majority Chorus will perform at 7 p.m., followed by a rockin’ show by the nine-member Trubone Band at 8:30 p.m. Afterward, rooftop fireworks sponsored by Gold Metal Recyclers will light the skies above the Cotton Bowl Plaza at 10 p.m. On Sunday at 3 p.m., Havana NRG! will have the crowds boogying to their high-energy Latin dance beats.
CityArts Festival will also feature a variety of multicultural musical, dance and performing acts throughout the weekend, with a variety of performances including: Folkloric dancing, African drums, ballet, contemporary dance, Latin dancing, urban hip hop, choirs and musical ensembles.
Culinary Showcases and Food booths
One of the most popular events at last year’s festival was the cooking demonstrations and this year it’s even bigger and better with some famous names that will make your mouth water. The culinary showcase will be led by Lisa Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Restaurants inside the Texas Museum of Automotive History.
Foodies and wine enthusiasts can convene at the Culinary Showcase led by Lisa Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Restaurants inside the Texas Museum of Automotive History. The biggest names in Dallas chefery (is that a word) will be at the CityArts Festival. Throughout the weekend, festival goers ages 21 and up (with valid ID) can enjoy cooking demos and samplings by some of Texas’ most celebrated chefs including Regional Executive Chef David F. Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House; Chef Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chophouse and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill; Executive Chef Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill; Executive Chef David McMillan of Screen Door; Chef/Owner Janice Provost of Parigi; Corporate Chef Aaron Staudenmaier of Abacus; and more.
Author and award-winning cheese maker Paula Lambert, founder of The Mozzarella Company, will be on site for demos including bruschetta with goat cheese and ratatouille, plus watermelon, tomato and mozzarella salad. If you have never taken one of her cheese and wine pairings, it’s a must and her cookbooks have great recipes. Guests can try out an assortment of popular craft beers, wine and liquor, learn the latest wine-pairing tips, and awaken their taste buds with tequila and vodka tastings (supplies limited). Remember TXDOT urges you to know when to P.A.S.S – Person Appointed to Stay Sober program or take DART’s green line which goes right to Fair Park.
Outside the Culinary Showcase, food is still aplenty with mouth-watering meals, snacks and refreshments from various restaurants and vendors including Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Ain’t No Mo Butter Cakes and dozens more.
Shopping, children’s activities and art
CityArts Marketplace will have an array of vendors that will feature unique gifts, clothing, collectibles and other eclectic items. Last year, there were vendors selling everything from homemade balsamic vinegars (my favorite), to cleaning supplies, energy efficient devices, crafts and much more.
The Prudential Children’s Area will be chock-full of arts and crafts, interactive activities and family-fun entertainment. The Dallas Zoo will present their interactive Animal Adventure live animal show at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This was a big hit with the kids last year. More than 20 prominent arts organizations and nonprofits will be on site including Big Thought; Crow Collection of Asian Art; Dallas Contemporary; Dallas Film Society; Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance; Dallas Museum of Art; Dallas Public Library; Dallas Summer Musicals; International Museum of Cultures; Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth; Museum of the American Railroad; Musical Angels; Nasher Sculpture Center; Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture; Sip-n-doodle; Texas Discovery Gardens; Texas Museum of Automotive History; The McKinney Avenue Contemporary; The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future; and more. (Note: The children’s area will be open Saturday and Sunday until 6 p.m.)
The Big Thought Touring Art Exhibit presented by Prudential will feature art created by students in the Thriving Minds After School program at John W. Carpenter Elementary School. Artwork will include fabric weavings, ceramic sculptures and stained glass murals focused on the meaning of community.
“Dancing water” shows choreographed to music at the Esplanade Fountain will make a splash and turn some smiles throughout the weekend.
Founded by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2004, CityArts Festival is presented by the Friends of Fair Park in collaboration with a variety of Dallas cultural, civic and arts organizations.
ARTFEST, the juried art show coordinated by The 500, Inc. will be outdoors at CityArts Festival to showcase fine art and original pieces by nearly 200 renowned Texas and national artists, while raising money for cultural arts organizations in the Dallas area.
Here’s the complete list of links for “Fifteen days till Memorial Day in Dallas!”
1- CityArts Festival
2 – Chinasaurs
3 – Memorial Day Observance at DFW National Cemetery
4 – Dallas Symphony Orchestra community concert at Flagpole Hill at White Rock Lake
5 – White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration: Carry the Load
6 – HP Byron Nelson championship – Free admission for Active Duty Military
7 – Liberty Fest 2011 at Farmers Branch Historical Park with 38 Special and Rick Springfield
8 – 10 – Memorial Day and Baseball in DFW – Promotions during the weekend!
11 – The Giants are turning one!
12 – Lone Star Park Million Day
13 – Regatta and open water rowing sprint championships at White Rock Lake