Festival of the Arts
11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday April 25
Since 1967, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City's Annual Festival of the Arts has been the city's "rite of spring." The 47th annual Festival of the Arts, April 23-28, promises to continue this rich tradition. Event co-chairs for the 2013 Festival of the Arts are Linda Whittington and Daniel Adams.
Every year Festival of the Arts attracts up to 750,000 people in six days. Free admission, amazing art, fantastic food, exciting entertainment and fun activities are all in store for visitors to enjoy at this year's Festival.
The Festival features nearly 200 artists from all over the U.S. This year's poster artist, Kendra Baird, is from Charlotte, North Carolina. Several of the featured artists are from Oklahoma, representing the rich culture and talent of our state. Artists from a total of 27 states will attend Festival. Special exhibits, like the South Hudson Gallery, around the grounds will showcase some of Oklahoma's favorite artists including Bert Seabourn and Desmond Mason. Click here for a complete list of 2013 Festival artists.
Culinary Arts Take a break from the visual and performing arts to enjoy all the fine food Festival of the Arts has to offer. International Food Row will feature old favorites like Indian Tacos, Strawberries Newport and Cajun King. New additions to this year's International Food Row include Inca Trail Peruvian Restaurant, Temptations Food, Wong Key Asian Pacific, and Waffle Au Som. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts-related nonprofit agency, so each bite goes to support the arts in central Oklahoma. Click here for a complete list of 2013 Festival food vendors.
Festival of the Arts has four stages of non-stop performing arts entertainment ranging in scope from the youngest elementary school performers to professional musicians. Festival will have one of the stages dedicated to our new program, Art Moves, presented by Devon. This stage will feature Art Moves artists and performers throughout Festival. More than 300 performers donate their time and talent to entertain Festival crowds. This year's street performer is Derek McAlister. Derek's performance is a combination of clown, mime, dance, and Chinese pole. He has performed across Europe, Canada, Australia, and Thailand. Click here for more information about performing arts at Festival.
Art for Children The Youth Plaza will include many great activities for children and families. Shop from Festival's youngest artists at the Youth Art Sale on Saturday, where youth ages eight to 18 present their own artwork for sale. Young at Art Mart is a special no-adults-allowed section where children can purchase art created by their favorite Festival artists for $5 or less. Children can create their own unique work of art in the Children's Art Field. Face painting for $1 will be available in the east side of the Myriad Gardens.
Support the Arts Festival of the Arts is more than an engaging arts extravaganza, all proceeds support the Arts Council of Oklahoma City's year-round, free and low-cost programming. Another unique way to support this effort is by attending the Angels and Friends party. OKC's oldest arts fundraiser takes place on Festival grounds, in the Myriad Gardens Restaurant Space on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30-8:30. It boasts entertainment, fare from OKC's best restaurants, an open bar and a chance to celebrate the arts and the coming of Spring with OKC's most devout arts supporters. Tickets are available at artscouncilokc.com
Festival of the Arts is produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City and presented by Chesapeake Energy and Devon Energy. The 2013 Festival of the Arts will take place April 23-28 in Downtown Oklahoma City at the Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The event runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Pets are not allowed. Volunteer co-chairs for Festival of the Arts are Linda Whittington and Daniel Adams.
The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is a non-profit 501 c(3) organization dedicated to bringing the arts and the community together through free or low-cost cultural events and a variety of arts outreach activities that impact underserved populations. Each year, Arts Council events, programs and services reach nearly one million residents and visitors to the Oklahoma City community. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City receives funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and is an Allied Arts member agency. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is sponsored by Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Devon Energy Corporation, MidFirst Bank, The Oklahoman, Ozarka Coffee and Water Service, and Sonic - America's Drive-in. For more information, call 405-270-4848 or visit www.ArtsCouncilOKC.com.
Where: Myriad Botanical Gardens
Address: 301 W. Reno