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03 August . 2016

Weekender: Art & Culture Take Center Stage in Frisco

In Frisco, home is where the art is, from the Texas Sculpture Garden to the bronze depictions of the Shawnee Trail cattle drives that wind through the Centre at Preston Ridge. In fact, Frisco’s Public Art program, established in 2002, mandates that a percentage of capital project funds must be used to fund public art. Add special events like concerts in Frisco Square and the Lone Star Storytelling Festival and you'll find culture all around you.

Arts Venues

The Texas Sculpture Garden: Located in the Hall Office Park in Frisco, the Texas Sculpture Garden is the largest private collection of contemporary sculptures by Texan artists on public display. Collector Craig Hall specifically designed four acres of the office park bearing his name to show off works by significant Texan sculptors, including 40 large-scale sculptures and 100 additional pieces. The sculpture garden is open and free to the public from sunrise until sundown daily; artwork in the building lobby adjacent to the garden is accessible Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM and on Saturdays from 9 AM until noon.

Frisco Discovery Center: A home for arts, science and culture, the Frisco Discovery Center includes the Frisco Art Gallery, which hosts rotating art shows from local to international artists, and the Black Box Theater, a performance space for concerts, dance productions, recitals and more. The Discovery Center also hosts events from improv nights to painting and dance classes.

Shawnee Trail cattle drive sculptures: The Shawnee Trail, a primary route used in the 1800s to drive Texas cattle to railroads in the north, comes alive with the longest continuous-themed bronze sculpture collection in the country. Marvel at the bronze depictions of longhorns, cowboys, a chuck wagon and more, all rambling through the Centre at Preston Ridge shopping center.

Central Park: This eight-acre park is home to an art installation by Anita Pauwels called Cattle Drive, featuring bronze sculptures of cattle, murals and sayings about life on the Shawnee Trail. The park, which is itself in the shape of a longhorn, also features an ampitheater used for local performances.  

Cultural Events

Lone Star Storytelling Festival: Held on a Friday night and all day Saturday in the fall, this festival features nationally known pro storytellers and the Lone Star Storytellers, a local group ages 8 to 18 recognized for their public-speaking skills. With storytimes, storytelling classes and autograph signings, the festival offers fun for the whole family, including many story events suitable for even young children.

Events in Frisco Square: Frisco Square hosts several special events every year, including Arts in the Square, a venue for local and regional artists to sell their work in the spring; Music in the Square, a free summer outdoor concert series; and Christmas in the Square, a free choreographed lights and music show that draws almost 700,000 people every year.

Frisco StrEATS Gourmet Food Truck & Music Festival: An annual festival held in downtown Frisco every spring, this all-day, family-friendly festival boasts a couple dozen food trucks, live music from several bands, and about 25 vendor booths. Admission is free.