The City of Southlake has made the decision to postpone the planned Celebrate Southlake event scheduled for late March. The celebration will be rescheduled for later this year, if possible.
The announcement of positive tests for COVID-19 in Tarrant, Collin, and Denton County indicate the spread of the virus has extended to the local area, a factor considered in this decision.
“The leadership team has evaluated the current situation and reviewed advice from federal, state and county experts,” said Alison Ortowski, Assistant City Manager. “It’s prudent to limit large public gatherings at this time since we know the virus is present in our area, and potentially spreading.”
The potential for extended close personal contact, crowd density, and attendees coming from unknown locations may increase risk of infection. Postponing the event is a simple prevention measure, taken to promote ongoing health and safety in the community.
“We were looking forward to hosting the event in its third year and are disappointed to postpone it. However, we strongly believe it will be more successful if offered at a time when we can come together and enjoy community fellowship, worry free,” said Ortowski.
The City of Southlake encourages everyone to continue to practice good habits to reduce the risk of infection.
Finally, if you have questions, the City has created a new information page on its website that provides a centralized place to find the latest news and resources for the Southlake community. Bookmark www.ProtectSouthlake.com for easy, quick access to the information you need.
UPDATE MARCH 12, 2020: Celebrate Southlake has been postponed. Read more here.
Join Mayor Laura Hill and her Alliance for Unity & Culture as they Celebrate Southlake, March 20 -22 in Bicentennial Park.
Celebrate Southlake is a community event designed to bring the people of Southlake together in celebration of our cultural diversity and inclusion that makes our beautiful city so special.
As Mayor Hill has said before, “I believe in Southlake, and I believe in anyone who is willing to stand up with me to make Southlake the best it can be.”
Celebrate Southlake events provide an opportunity and location to gather and have conversations that contribute to creating meaningful change and inclusion in our community all while enjoying food, music, performances and entertainment.
New this year will be three days of different events to help celebrate our great community. If you can’t make it to one event, there will be two other opportunities to celebrate with us!
On Friday, March 20, take some time to talk with Mayor Hill and members of her Alliance for Unity & Culture while enjoying a meal in Bicentennial Park, appropriately right on Unity Way. The Community Dinner kicks off at 5 p.m. Sit side-by-side with your neighbors, taste a variety of world cuisines and feast on engaging conversation. It’s a special opportunity to really break bread with your Southlake neighbors and get to know them. Sharing a meal is always a great opportunity to sit back, relax and take time for conversation. The Community Dinner gives you the opportunity to do just that while enjoying a variety of local cultural cuisines available for purchase.
Saturday, March 21, the fun moves to Aria Amphitheater and The Marq promenade to bring back the cultural festival that started Celebrate Southlake three years ago. We invite you to “Travel the World” with us and visit cultural booths. While you’re learning more be sure to get your Celebrate Southlake passport stamped. The passport will make the perfect keepsake to commemorate all the different cultures that make up Southlake. When you’re not learning more at the booths, take in some of the cultural performances and entertainment. Some of the entertainment will include Indian music and dance, the music of China and much more. Kids and adults will enjoy lawn games and various interactive cultural activities.
Celebrate Southlake wraps up on Sunday, March 22 at Champions Club with a family-friendly trivia competition. Teams of six will compete to answer questions and prove their knowledge of local and world history and culture all while enjoying small snacks and refreshments. Prizes will be awarded each round, with the last team standing taking home the grand prize.
We hope you will save the date and join us. This promises to be a special weekend so tell your friends and neighbors and we hope to see you there. For more information, please visit our website or give us a call at (817) 748-8019.
Southlake is full of diversity and rich history. From pioneering roots to a sophisticated hometown community, it has grown to be a jewel of North Texas. In Southlake Remembers, an oral history video, Southlake residents, historical families and business-owners share the story of Southlake as seen through the eyes of its people.
Southlake Remembers is a collaborative project led by the City of Southlake in cooperation with the Southlake Historical Society, Carroll Independent School District, Bob Jones Nature Center Organization, Southlake Community Band, Southlake Sister Cities, Southlake Arts Council, and Cooper and Stebbins. Participants range from notable Southlake leaders, longtime residents, local business owners, historical families, and school children. The project was developed by artist Christopher Blay in association with videographer and film editor, Jason Tamplin. Southlake Remembers is now available for viewing online through City of Southlake Video On-Demand. The video will also be included in artist Christopher Blay’s Stories Project, which focuses on communities in north Tarrant County.
For more information, please contact the Community Services Department at (817) 748-8019.