Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush and verbena bursting into bloom along the highways and byways in Richardson herald the arrival of the annual Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, the largest music event in North Texas. The eclectic, awardwinning festival occupies 30 acres and features a plethora of local and national pop, rock, country, alt-rock, alt-country, and folk acts performing on several stages over three days.

Along with these acts, festival-goers will enjoy a Battle of the Bands competition; a singer/songwriter contest; a family play area and petting zoo; strolling entertainers, buskers, and acrobats; interactive displays and exhibits; an art-guitar auction; the Wild! Marketplace; and the Taste of Texas Food Garden.

The Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival will be held Friday–Sunday, May 15–17 at Galatyn Park Urban Center in Richardson. Tickets are available at area Tom Thumb stores, at the gate, and on the Wildflower! website. A three-day pass is $30 through May 15; single-day adult tickets are $20. Kids 5–12 are $3; kids 4 and under are free. Complete, up-to-date information including a festival map, performance schedules, festival dos and don’ts, lodging options, driving directions, parking information, and festival hours are available at 972.744.4581 /

Wildflower! Musical Lineup

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Wynonna & The Big Noise
The Smithereens
.38 Special
Leon Russell
Susan Werner
Max Stalling
Blue October
Minus The Bear
The Joe Ely Band
Gary P. Nunn
Trout Fishing In America
The Zane Williams Band
Le Freak

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