Now in its 50th year, Cottonwood features over 240 artists chosen to exhibit their museum-quality work from approximately 1,400 submissions. Grab a bite to eat from a variety of Vendors including everything from BBQ and southern cooking to handcrafted soda and espresso. Cottonwood is an event for everyone including with several great opportunities for kids to explore art. Learn to weave, paint like Picasso, play with clay and much more in ArtStop. From its humble beginnings in 1969, the Cottonwood Art Festival has developed into one of the most prestigious fine art festivals in the United States. Since that first weekend nearly five decades ago, Cottonwood has established itself as signature art event, become a tradition in the community and the home to the finest artists in the country for the first weekend of May and October.