Celebrate the Excitement of Plano Artfest on Sept. 17

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Tap into your creative side at the Downtown Plano Arts District Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.! The inaugural Plano Artfest is a FREE community event for families and art lovers of all types.

Taking DART’s Red Line to Downtown Plano Station is the best way to get to the festival. If you live close, we recommend the free parking at either the Parker Road or CityLine/Bush stations. An Adult Day Pass is only $5; children under 15 and seniors over 65 ride for less – see DART.org/fares for details. Plus, you can download the free GoPass app and use it to buy your transit passes on your phone and look up train schedules.

In the week leading up to the Artfest, enjoy community art programming including gallery exhibitions, theatrical performances, panel discussions, film screenings and concerts.

On your way home from work tomorrow, stop off at Downtown Plano Station and listen to 2012 X Factor contestant Panda Ross perform, from 6-7 p.m. The Sept. 14 performance is part of the DART Music Station series that celebrates 20 years of DART Rail.

On Artfest Saturday, McCall Plaza sets up in its festival configuration for the first time, utilizing the adjoining parking lot for concessions and other event attractions. The day features an artist village of craftsmen, performances from local arts groups, the return of last year’s Chalk-It-Up, crafts for kids and an exhibit of graffiti art. Stop by the Apprentice Studio for a hands-on learning experience for all ages taught by local professional artists.

Food trucks will be on site and beer and wine available for purchase in McCall Plaza next to Artist Village. Festival attendees can also experience any of the award-winning restaurants in the Historic Downtown Arts District.

A full listing of the events and activities happening can be found on the Artfest website. Artfest is hosted by the Historic Downtown Plano Association.

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About Karen Ptacek

Karen is a Communications Representative at Dallas Area Rapid Transit. She is the project manager and primary writer/editor of DART's Inmotion newsletter and the annual Progress Report publication. She also contributes to DART Daily, Rider Insider and other newsletter articles.
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