The month of May represents a milestone for the city of Richardson as it relaunches two of its biggest community events.

After being on hiatus for the past two years due of the pandemic, Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival and the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival are back.

Cottonwood, a semiannual art festival that showcases work from over 200 artists, will take place May 7-8 at Cottonwood Park. The three-day Wildflower Festival, featuring live music and more, will be May 20-22 in Gatalyn Urban Park.

“The fact that we’re able to plan and implement events of this magnitude is indicative of the reputation we have as a city,” Richardson City Manager Don Magner said.

In addition to being a community resource, officials said the festivals also generate revenue for the city.

The nationally recognized Wildflower Festival is among the top entertainment draws in the metroplex each year with more than 70,000 visitors annually, according to a 2019 report published by the Dallas Regional Chamber. City budget documents show Wildflower generated nearly $750,000 in revenue for the city annually in fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Other arts festivals, including Cottonwood, generated a tot
al of more than $420,000 during those same years, officials said.

The return of these events is expected to provide the city an economic boost, Magner said. According to Richardson’s fiscal year 2021-22 budget, Wildflower will generate nearly $536,000 in revenu
e. The city’s other arts festivals are projected to