Whatever your plans are this weekend, you’ll be missing a great time if you don’t arrange things to include a visit to one of the premiere local art festivals, Art on the Greene. For this fifth year return, the three-day festival has moved to a later spring date and opens Friday in the beautiful Richard Greene Linear Park in Arlington. It was voted the Best Outdoor Festival in the 2015 Best of Arlington contest sponsored by the Arlington Citizen-Journal.
The park alone is worth the trip with its unique setting between the homes of the Rangers and Cowboys. A sparkling lake lies alongside the tree-lined paths, and the Caelum Moor sculptures add a most unique aspect to this remarkable park. Among all the wonderful local art festivals, this venue is, hands down, the best.
“Art on the Greene moves to its new dates on May 20-22, and we are excited about the opportunity to have much warmer weather during the event,” said festival organizer Steve Moya. “The park will look perfect this time of year, and patrons will get to experience the festival the way it was meant to look and feel.”
Festivalgoers can browse the work of top-notch artists from across Texas and from more than 15 states across the country. Talented artists in ceramic, drawing, fiber, glass and jewelry will have beautiful pieces available. For the art collector looking for artwork in leather, metal and mixed media: plenty in these categories. And a vast array of paintings, photography, prints, sculptures and wood creations will also be in the artistic mix.
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“We have selected 100 of the country’s finest artists to be a part of this year’s event,” Moya said. “Quality over quantity has always been the foundation of this festival. We always strive to bring quality affordable art to Arlington, and I feel we have succeeded once again.”
What’s a festival without music? No problem, because a lineup of amazing bands will keep everyone entertained throughout the event. On Friday, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin tribute bands will perform. The music starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with great bands all day, wrapping up at 8 p.m. with Austin blues/rock singer Carolyn Wonderland taking the stage. Popular with local audiences, soul and funk band Mingo Fishtrap from Austin will be among performers Sunday afternoon.
While guests enjoy the outdoors, sun, art and entertainment, there will also be all manner of delicious food and drink that’s bad for you (and even some that isn’t).
An added attraction this year is the beautiful Entertainment District Sculpture Trail featuring nine amazing sculptures recently installed. Be a part of the ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday to celebrate the second phase of the trail.
Admission and convenient parking are free. To see a lineup of the artists and their work along with a schedule of events, visit www.ArtontheGreene.com.
Pedal to the Medal cycling race, 5K and swap meet Saturday
Speed is the name of the game at Texas Motor Speedway, and Saturday’s cycling race benefiting Special Olympics is no exception. How often do cycling enthusiasts get a chance to ride on the same track as the NASCAR drivers? Since the answer is “almost never,” best advice to experience this unique thrill is to enter the Pedal to the Medal race set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Several race classifications (based on speed) are available for riders, including gold, silver or bronze class. A Special Olympics Texas Ride-Along lap on the infield track is also an option, featuring a 1.5-mile lap with a Special Olympics athlete, said a spokesperson for the event.
All registered participants will receive a commemorative event T-shirt and a goody-filled race bag. Individuals and teams are encouraged to find sponsors, and those that raise $75 or more will also receive a cycling jersey.
New this year is the addition of a 5K run and swap meet in the infield garages at the speedway. “The swap meet is a great chance for people to swap their old bikes, parts and accessories,” said Alex Thieroff from Special Olympics.
Events at a glance
- Champions for Girls is at 5:30 p.m. May 23 at Joe T. Garcia’s La Puertita. The event will highlight the Girls Inc. Latina initiative and will feature guest speaker Damary Bonilla-Rodriquez talking about the value of creating a diverse and inclusive cultural environment in youth-serving programs. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar. RSVP to Amy Rasor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Watauga Fest is Thursday through Sunday in Capp Smith Park. Live music by Poo Live Crew, Derek Anthony, Me and My Monkey and Le Freak and also local talent. Visit the old Watauga Depot and take the kids on midway rides at the carnival. Food trucks will have a full offering of refreshments. Details at www.ci.watauga.tx.us/922/Watauga-Fest.
- Keller Family Campout is from 6 p.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday behind Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway. Fun-filled evening under the stars for the whole family. In-N-Out Burger will have a food truck for Saturday dinner, and Cabela’s will provide free Sunday breakfast. Bring your own tent. Check in at 6 p.m. $5 per person. Call 817-743-4050 or visit www.cityofkeller.com.