It’s that time of year again: time for the Festival of the Arts! This great event has been going on since 1967, and in a way, it’s not really spring here in OKC until the Arts Festival is in full swing. This year, the festival will be April 24 through 29, and as always, it will be held at the Festival Plaza and Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. Admissions is free! The festival opens at 11 a.m. each day and closes at 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. On Sunday, the festival will end at 6 p.m.
This year, 144 of the nation’s top artists will be on hand to share their art. The range of art includes oils, pencil drawings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, woodworking, leathercrafting, and more. Every piece of art is original and up for sale, so you can add several new items to your home. The Artist Market area features low-cost prints of some of these original items if you don’t want to purchase an original.
But there’s more to the festival than just art. There’s food, for one thing! The International Food Row features booths offering food from around the world. Each booth is partnered with a local arts organization and gives a portion of their profits to help support that group.
Finally, almost 300 different entertainers will be performing throughout the festival. There are four different stages, each with its own scheduled groups of amazing singers, dancers, and more.
You don’t want to miss the Festival of the Arts. I go every year, and every year I find something new and different!
Here are some other blogs about the Arts Festival:
The Cimarron Pointe Blog has directions and other contact information.
Here’s another good look at previous festivals from Brandy’s blog.
Cote Fine Sculpture will be one of the artists at this year’s festival.