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CityArts Festival to Feature ARTFEST, Culinary Area, Outdoor Films, Kids' Fun and More

Celebrating spectacular visual, performing, cultural and culinary arts over Memorial Day weekend, CityArts Festival presented by Big City Crushed Concrete will return to historic Fair Park May 25 - May 27. Free and open to the public, the three-day event will feature a multitude of festivities for families and art aficionados alike to enjoy against the backdrop of beautiful Fair Park, a national landmark featuring the world’s largest collection of 1930s art deco exposition buildings.

ARTFEST, the long-held outdoor juried art show coordinated by The 500, Inc., will showcase fine art and original pieces by renowned Texas and national artists, all while raising funds for cultural arts organizations in the Dallas area. Other weekend highlights will include a culinary showcase; two outdoor film screenings; a children’s area; reduced admission to Fair Park’s museums at select times; entertainment on multiple stages; art classes; antique cars and ArtCars by "cartists" from across the nation; unique gifts, clothing, collectibles and more at the CityArts Marketplace; Bellagio-style “dancing water” shows choreographed to music at the Esplanade Fountain; and more.

Back by popular demand, the Dallas Film Society will host two FREE outdoor film nights at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the lawn next to the WRR 101.1 building. Fair Park’s museums will offer reduced admission at select times including the African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, Museum of Nature & Science, Texas Museum of Automotive History, and Texas Discovery Gardens. Go to cityartsfestival.com for museum schedules and pricing to be announced.

Spotlighting some of the area’s most famed chefs, the culinary showcase will be the hot spot for foodies and wine enthusiasts complete with cooking demos, samplings, wine pairings, mixing sessions, and wine, craft beer and spirit tastings for of-age guests. Note: Guests must be 21 with valid ID to enter culinary showcase.

The children’s area sponsored by Prudential will feature local prominent arts organizations and nonprofits offering arts and crafts, hands-on activities and family-fun entertainment. Musical entertainment, dance and other performing arts shows will be held throughout the festival on multiple stages, including the main stage sponsored by MetroPCS. At the Magnolia Art Lounge, the Creative Arts Center of Dallas, Artcycletx and other groups will offer art classes appropriate for adults and older children (ages 12+) with hands-on fun including recycled craft projects and other take-home creations. Please note: Space is limited.

Produced by Friends of Fair Park in collaboration with a variety of cultural, civic and arts organizations, CityArts Festival was originally founded by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2004.

Admission is free. The City of Dallas charges $10 to park within the gates of Fair Park, or ride DART’s Green Line Rail to the Fair Park or MLK stations. CityArts Festival will run from 6 -10 p.m. Friday (May 25); 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday (May 26); and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday (May 27). Outdoor activities will take place along the Leonhardt Lagoon, Cotton Bowl Plaza, Promenade, and First and Grand avenues.

For more information, please call 214-421-9600 or go to cityartsfestival.com. For real-time updates, like CityArts Festival on Facebook and follow @CityArtsDallas on Twitter.

Friday, February 17, 2012