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Denton, TX – The city of Denton is gearing up for its 30th Annual Redbud Festival, set to take place this Saturday, April 20, at the Denton Civic Center from 1-9 p.m. Organized by Keep Denton Beautiful, a part of the Denton Parks and Recreation Department, the festival is both a community gathering and the city’s official Arbor Day celebration.

Admission to the festival is free and will occur rain or shine. The event boasts a range of activities suitable for all ages, including over 50 vendors offering plant sales, home improvement products, and local crafts. City departments and environmental organizations will also be present to engage with the community.

The festival will feature live music from local artists such as Benton Lawson, The She, and Billie Jo Jones. Additionally, Wildlife on the Move will be introducing their animal friends to attendees at 1 p.m.

Children can look forward to taking home a free environment-themed book, with a limit of one per household, while supplies last. The event also highlights sustainable fashion with the Reuse Runway Show at 6:30 p.m., showcasing upcycled designs in collaboration with Just Lillia and Thistle Creative Reuse.

Educational opportunities will be plentiful with free trees and tree care classes led by the city’s urban foresters. Participants in these classes will have the opportunity to receive a free tree, choosing between TX Redbuds and Chinquapin Oak.

The festival will also offer guided Redbud walks, free workshops on gardening and plant care, face painting, bounce houses, and a variety of food options from local vendors like Bondi Bowls and Cousin’s Maine Lobster. A beer and wine garden will be available, sponsored by Steve’s Wine Bar.

This year’s Redbud Festival continues a long tradition originating from a Texas Woman’s University event celebrating beautification efforts, revitalized in 1994 to honor Denton’s designation as the “Redbud Capital of Texas.”

Support for the festival includes local businesses and organizations like Denton Municipal Electric and Meador’s Garden Center. Those interested in volunteering or becoming a vendor for next year’s festival can contact Keep Denton Beautiful.

For more information about the festival and other programs offered by Keep Denton Beautiful, visit www.kdb.org.

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