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From the paintbrush to the written word, art is many different things. The City of Carrollton offers a variety of art programs, events, and initiatives for residents and visitors of all ages.  



Chalk Art Festival



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Chalk Art Festival

Saturday, May 15

10 am-3 pm

Mary Heads Carter Park

Enjoy a beautiful day at Mary Heads Carter Park as amateur and professional artists all turn gray concrete sidewalks into colorful art.

The event will feature music, food, games, and of course, chalk art.

News Release

 Call for Artists:

Are you a professional or aspiring artist? Sign up to show off your chalk art skills and get a chance to win awards and great prizes. Open to everyone. Chalk is provided.

Artist Registration Deadline

  • Friday, May 7

Artist Registration Fee

  • Professional: $10
  • Amateur: $5

Artist Prizes

  • First-place professional: $150
  • Second-place professional: $75
  • First-place amateur: $50
  • Second-place amateur: $25
  • People's Choice Award

Register as an artist at

Space is limited!

Fall Festival

Fall Festival
Carrollton Public Library

Festival at the Switchyard

Festival at the Switchyard
Marketing Services

12 Days of Winter Break

 12 Days of Winter Break
Carrollton Public Library

Yule Ball

 Yule Ball
Carrollton Public Library


Arts & Crafts


Arts & Crafts
Library Parks & Recreation
  • Artistic Crafting Classes
    (gift-making workshops, children and teen art programs)
  • Upcycling Craftivities
  • Workshops
    (scrapbooking, jewelry making, journaling)
    (Maker Labs, LEGO challenges & family builds)
  • Grab & Go Crafting Kits – for Adults
  • Abrakadoodle Art Camps
  • Adult and Youth Crafting Classes




 Parks & Recreation
  • Ballet
  • Beginning Ballet
  • Combo Dance
  • Hip-Hop
  • Kathak Dance (Indian Classical Dance)


Literary Arts

  • Programs and Events for Youth (babies – Teen)
  • Board Gaming (Game On!) programs
  • Escape Room programs
  • Poetry Month (April)
  • STEAM Fair
  •  Grab and Go kits filled with books, rhymes, finger plays, crafts and more – It’s storytime in a bag


Parks & Recreation
  • Keyboard/Piano
  • Singing

Senior Arts

Senior Arts (55+)
 Parks & Recreation
  •  Drama Group
  • Ceramics
  • Oil Painting
  • Adult Coloring
  • Craft Kit Pickups
  • Knit & Crochet
  • Chalk Art
  • Sing Along Group
  • Guitar Sessions
  • Jazz and Blues Sessions
  • Line Dancing
  • Craft Fair


 Parks & Recreation
  • Drama


Art Around Carrollton

Art Around Carrollton
Parks & Recreation

Color Carrollton


Color Carrollton

May 1 - 29

McInnish Softball Fields

Show off your painting skills by painting colorful artwork on the trash cans at McInnish Softball Fields.

This year's theme is "Softball Sunsets."

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Open to novice or experienced painters of all ages, groups, or organizations. Trash cans are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. 

  • Register by Wednesday, April 28
    • Deposit: $25 (required, but will be refunded once the painted trash can is returned)
  • Email Design Idea: After registering, an agreement form will be emailed to the participant. Complete, sign, and submit the form along with a brief description of the design to All designs must be pre-approved before work begins.
  • Pick-up: Saturday, May 1, 9 am-1 pm
  • Location: McInnish Sports Complex, Fields 1-4
  • Drop-off: Saturday, May 29, 9 am-1 pm 

The City of Carrollton reserves the right to reject any designs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does the City provide?

The City of Carrollton will provide a trash can already primed with a white base coat and will apply an outdoor topcoat on each can. Participants will be responsible for their own paint colors, brushes, and tape needed to create their trash can design.

Is there a cost?

There will be a $25 deposit that is refunded when the completed trash can is returned and approved by the City of Carrollton. All designs must be pre-approved before work begins.

What is the process for signing up?

  • Register and pay the $25 deposit.
  • Submit your design idea with a brief description and wait for pre-approval (an agreement form must be signed.)
  • Pick up your trash can at McInnish Sports Complex (Fields 1-4 between 9 am-1 pm on Saturday May 1.
  • Work on your design.
  • Drop off your finished design at McInnish Sports Complex (Fields 1-4) between 9 am - 1pm on Saturday, May 29.

Where do I register and pay the trash can deposit?

To register for Color Carrolton and pay the deposit, click here.

How do I get my design pre-approved?

After registering, an agreement form will be emailed to you. Complete and sent it to A brief description of your planned artwork will be required before picking up your trash can.

How many trash cans are available?

There are 16 trash cans available. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis.

What is this year's them for the trash cans?

This year's theme is "Softball Sunsets."

What type of paint should be used?

Acrylic paints will work best on this kind of surface.

Can all ages participate?

All ages, groups, and organizations are welcome to participate.

Where will my trash can be placed?

All trash cans will be placed on McInnish Softball Fields 1-4 and rotated between the four fields.

National Library Week Bookmark Contest

National Library Week Bookmark Contest
Carrollton Public Library

Wildflower Watch

Wildflower Watch (1) (002)

Spring has sprung and the wildflowers are in bloom! Carrollton has so many great places to see wildflowers (aka nature's art).

Check back for the latest blooming location updates. Then, enjoy the outdoors, explore, and snap a few photos of your adventure!

Wildflower facts, an area map, and some photography tips to help take that perfect shot are provided below.

Wildflower Facts (PDF)

Photography Tips (PDF)

Carrollton Wildflower Map (PDF)*

*As of April 1, the following locations listed on the map are in bloom: 4. Area 4 (Croft), 5. McInnish Sports Complex (multiple locations) and 7. Perry Museum/Gravely Park.


Common Name: Texas Bluebonnet

Scientific Name: Lupinus texensis

Indian Blanket Firewheel

Common Name: Indian Blanket Firewheel

Scientific Name: Gallardia pulchella

Texas Indian Paintbrush

Common Name: Texas Indian Paintbrush

Scientific Name: Castilleja indivisa