PRESS RELEASE Red Earth Festival moves to Labor Day weekend, September 5-6 

Oklahoma’s 34th Red Earth Festival announces new dates at Grand Casino Hotel Resort

click to enlarge Southern Fancy Dancers in the Red Earth Parade at the 2008 Red Earth Festival. - RED EARTH FESTIVAL / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / PROVIDED
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  • Southern Fancy Dancers in the Red Earth Parade at the 2008 Red Earth Festival.
The award-winning Red Earth Festival, recognized as one of America’s top art festivals, has been rescheduled to Labor Day Weekend, September 5-6, at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort located minutes east of Oklahoma City on I-40 near Shawnee. During the first weekend of September, Oklahoma City will be the center of western and Native art and culture as people gather to celebrate the Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique.

The 34th annual Red Earth juried art market features original art by Native artisans in the beautiful Grand Casino Event Center. Festival guests will experience the artistic creations of some of America’s most celebrated artists as they offer for sale exquisite examples of contemporary and traditional paintings, beadwork, basketry, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, graphics and culture attire. Native dance presentations, storytelling, musical performances, and consultations with art experts are featured throughout weekend celebrations.

For those interested in learning more about the Native American artwork in their private collections, popular “Ask the Expert” sessions are scheduled Saturday, September 5 from 1-3 pm offering guests the opportunity to get an expert opinion on treasured American Indian pieces. Experts in the fields of beadwork, basketry, pottery, cultural items, jewelry, painting, rugs and blankets will be available for private consultations included with the price of admission. Guests are encouraged to bring up to three items for review.

Red Earth has garnered numerous accolades through its 40-year history – setting the standard for many of today’s Native art shows. Red Earth was a finalist for the 2018 ONE Award for the Arts presented by the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits, and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association has twice named Red Earth Oklahoma’s Outstanding Event. A recent USA Today 10Best Reader’s Poll named the Red Earth Festival one of the Top Ten Art Festivals in America.

The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association has awarded its Redbud Award for Oklahoma’s Outstanding Event to previous Red Earth Festivals, and USA TODAY has named the Red Earth Festival one of 10 Great Places to Celebrate American Indian Culture. The American Bus Association has listed the Red Earth Festival a Top 100 Event in North America placing it alongside such greats as the Indianapolis 500, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Calgary Stampede as one of the very best events.

Red Earth, Inc. is an Allied Arts member agency, an Adventure Road Travel Partner and is funded in part by the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and Oklahoma’s News 4. Red Earth, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets.

Visit www.RedEarth.org or call (405) 427-5228 for additional information.
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