Spanning 28 square miles and nestled 15 miles north of downtown Dallas, Richardson has found its place as a unique and sophisticated suburb featuring award-winning family festivals, nationally ranked championship golf courses, 30 beautiful parks, 40 miles of trails, the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and the new Breckinridge Baseball and Huffhines sports complexes.
Known nationally as the Telecom Corridor® Area and home to more than 500 high-tech and telecommunications companies, Richardson has the benefit of being able to offer one-on-one, small-town customer service and warm Texas hospitality, while still offering the advantages, appeal and entertainment of the D/FW Metroplex.
Richardson affords easy access to major highways and thoroughfares, and is just a few minutes drive from two airports, Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) and Love Field. Four Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Light Rail stations runs through the heart of the city and provides access to surrounding points of interest such as the American Airlines Center, Dallas Arts District, and North Park Center.
The versatility of Richardson’s 14 hotels, offering 2,300 rooms and 203,000 square feet of meeting space, makes it an ideal location for large events.
With 275 area restaurants, dining options range from traditional American cuisines to exotic international delicacies, and the cleanliness, friendliness, and safety of the neighborhood community make Richardson a destination to live, work, play, and stay.
Visit www.richardsontexas.org for more information, or call the Convention and Visitors Bureau toll free at (888) 690-7287.
One of Richardson’s biggest claims to fame is its wonderful festival scene. Special yearly city events include: Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, Cottonwood Art Festival, Huffhines Art Trails, Family Fourth Celebration and the Christmas Parade. No matter what time of year you plan to visit, there’s a chance you could find yourself among thousands of festival goers taking in art, food, music and good times. Also, a variety of events and performances are offered each year by Richardson arts groups, Richardson Civic Center, University of Texas at Dallas and Richland College.
Cottonwood Art Festival, North Texas’ premier fine arts event, takes place the first weekend in May and October. This two-day festival is ranked in the top 20 in the nation for a fine art event. National and international artists transform Cottonwood Park into a unique, outdoor fine art gallery featuring one-of-a-kind works in painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography.
Wildflower! Art & Music Festival is an award-winning, multi-day eclectic arts and music festival that is staged every year on the third weekend in May. The festival features three outdoor performance stages, Richardson’s award-winning Singer/Songwriter Contest, the Budding Talent Competition, and the Battle of the Bands showcase. Other fun attractions include Kidz Korner, strolling entertainers, interactive displays and exhibits, the Wildflower! Marketplace, the City of Richardson Petting Zoo, the Art Guitar Auction, and the Taste of Texas Food Garden.
Huffhines Art Trails is a multi-day festival of art, music, and fun. During the fourth weekend in October, the paved trails of Huffhines Park come alive with 200 exhibiting artists and craftsmen. Patrons find a variety of contemporary crafts, fine arts, and traditional crafts in mediums that range from glass, jewelry, painting, pottery to wood work. Huffhines Art Trails features live entertainment, an adventurous scavenger hunt for the kids, pumpkin decorating contest, a café and food vendors with delicious treats.
Family Fourth Celebration, staged in Breckinridge Park, is an old-fashioned family fourth celebration. With a live patriotic concert featuring the Richardson Community Band and a huge fireworks and lights display, it’s the perfect place to enjoy an evening with family and friends while celebrating our nation’s independence. Families are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and or lawn chairs for an evening of enjoyment under the stars.
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