Oklahoma City’s rite of spring, The Festival of the Arts, is a community celebration of the visual arts, performing arts, and culinary arts. The 2016 Festival of the Arts will take place April 19-24 in Downtown Oklahoma City at Bicentennial Park. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Not sure why you should go? Here’s six reasons why.
Admission to the Festival of the Arts is free and always has been free. However, being located in Downtown Oklahoma City, you will have to pay for parking. Also, pets are not allowed.
Festival of the Arts is home to 144 artists to be precise and this was dwindled down from over 500 artists nation wide that had applied. Media includes oils, water, drawing and printmaking, photography, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, wood, leather, and two and three-dimensional works. Throughout the festival, the artists will be there personally to answers your questions and discuss their work.
All artwork is original and is for sale. Be sure to visit the Artist Market for reproductions, posters, and note cards of original works by Festival artists.
Arts for children and families include hands-on activities in the Children’s Art Field for just $2. The Young-at-Art Mart is the children-only shopping venue with all artwork affordably priced for $5 or less. Families can also visit Face Painting, Pottery Place, and Creation Station for more fun!
From appetizers to desserts, the Festival is a celebration of the culinary arts! Various vendors bring their specialties to the International Food Row and throughout the grounds. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts organization, so each bite you take supports the arts in central Oklahoma!
Nearly 300 entertainers of all ages donate their performances on various stages at the Festival.
While the festival organizers have promised to make it feel like past festivals, the new location will give it a new feel for those that have been in the past. Personally, I think the use of the Bicentennial Park in front of the Civic Center is going to be beneficial to the flow of the festival.
Those are just six of the many reasons to visit the 2016 Festival of the Arts. For more information, including food venders, schedules, and maps, visit the Festival of the Arts site at the Arts Council of OKC site.
The 2016 Festival of the Arts will take place April 19-24, giving you plenty of chances to go.