Festival of the Arts takes place in downtown Oklahoma City. The actual event area stretches from Walker Ave east to Robinson, and from Reno north to Sheridan. Activities occur in the Festival Plaza, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, and on Hudson Avenue.
Festival hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Pets are not allowed.
Traveling to the Festival
Getting to the Festival is easy. To see a Google map, click HERE. To see a list of downtown parking options, click HERE. From I-40, take the Downtown/Shields exit. The Festival is located in the Festival Plaza, on Hudson between Sheridan and Reno, and in the Myriad Gardens. When traveling to the festival please note that Hudson will be closed between Sheridan and Reno.
The Mid-Town Renaissance lots just South of Reno between Walker and Harvey are an easy walk to Festival.
Paid parking is available in lots and garages located throughout downtown Oklahoma City. There is also limited street parking located around the perimeter of the event. Please visit www.parkingokc.com to see a list of available lots.
Take a look at the OKC Bus schedule here.
For the safety of all Festival guests, pets are not allowed.
Plan Your Visit
There is a lot to see and do at the Festival of the Arts. Free programs are available around the event that list schedules and all the activities. All the information is also available right here on the website. Please use the menu on the right to find schedules, menus, maps and more.
Festival Plaza: East of Walker Avenue, on Stage Center Drive
Myriad Botanical Gardens: Northwest corner of the Myriad Botantical Gardens
Headquarters and Lost People
Festival Headquarters is located east of the International Food Row, off Hudson. You may go here for event information. Should you lose any members of your party or need directions, you may also go to Lost People tent, located on the plaza, north of the International Food Row.
Police, first aid, and emergency personnel are on the grounds at all times. Emergency services are located in the Myriad Botanical Gardens on the 2nd floor Conference Room. The First Aid station is located South of the Crystal Bridge in the Myriad Gardens, on Reno Avenue.
MidFirst Bank ATM
MidFirst Bank, the official bank of the Festival, has ATM locations on the north side of the tower in the International Food Row, and in the T-Shirt tent on the plaza.
The Festival is open rain or shine. When it's raining is one of the best times to be at the Festival, as it's easier to get up close to the art.
Hudson Avenue will close 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. It will remain closed through 4 p.m. Friday, May 2.
Artists, performers and menus are subject to change.
Festival at a Glance
Artful Experience inspires visitors to get excited about the creative process behind the art. Several artistic media will be demonstrated from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 pm. Sunday. Come see artists at work wood carving, painting, performing and other entertaining media. You are welcome to ask questions about how they make the work and see the materials close up. Demonstrators are: Oklahoma City Woodcarvers Club, OKC Improv, Pinot’s Palette, Wine & Palette, Reduxion Theatre and other selected artists from Oklahoma.
Mural project: Dr. Bob Palmer and University of Central Oklahoma students.
The Artist Market offers reproductions, posters and note cards of original works by Festival artists affordably priced at $100 or less.
More than 550 artists applied and submitted work for the Festival jury process. The 144 chosen artists are some of the nation’s finest. Media includes oils, water, sculpture and two and three-dimensional works. For a complete list please click HERE.
Art Moves Pop-Ups, Presented by Devon
Our daily Art Moves program will be on the move during Festival of the Arts. Look for artist pop-ups throughout Festival grounds. You’ll be able to check out an acoustic set by your favorite local musician or a live art demonstration from a local artist!
Culinary Arts, Presented by Brewer Entertainment
This year we’re welcoming back the Culinary Arts demonstration tent. Located on Stage Center Drive, you can find demonstrations and tastings by your favorite local restaurants, chefs, and Festival food vendors.
Children’s Art Field
Children may complete two art projects – an origami kite and plant-a-seed for a $2 fee at Children’s Art Field. This tent is located in the Youth Plaza on the west side of the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Children and adults may participate for free in a larger-than-life works of art in Creation Station, located at the southeast corner of the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Add to this giant collaborative sculpture that grows and changes throughout the week.
Festival would not be complete without this popular attraction. Face Painting is located at the southeast corner of the Myriad Gardens. The cost is $1 for a simple design.
Family Food on a Budget
Mustard’s Last Stand offers hot dogs, chili pies, nachos, iced tea and Ozarka bottled water and coffee for $3 or less.
Festival Idol Talent Showcase
The annual youth talent show will showcase the talents of children, grades K-12, on the Great Lawn Stage at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Local talents will judge; top performers will move to the finals Saturday at 6 p.m. to be named the ultimate Festival Idol. Performers have already been preselected by the Performing Arts Committee.
Since 2009, the Go Green Committee has made monumental changes to Festival of the Arts, earning national recognition and achieving its goal of being one of the largest events in the nation to be eco-conscious! This Festival of the Arts, entirely compostable or recyclable materials will be used at every food location. Help us be green and please look for educational signage, recycling, and composting receptacles across Festival grounds.
International Food Row, Presented by Midfirst Bank
From snacks to entrees to desserts, the Festival is a celebration of the culinary arts! Twenty-one vendors in International Food Row and eight carts throughout the grounds bring their delectable specialties to the International Food Row. To see the menu, click HERE.
“This year’s Sculpture Park represents some of the most active and prolific creatives in our state; showcasing installation, free-standing and small sculpture from styles pertaining to contemporary art realm. There exists an age-old stereotype regarding art in Oklahoma, but Oklahoma is not a one-trick-pony. The creative talent in this red dirt state rivals any other in our great nation. The selected sculptural works canvas styles from primitive to minimalist and demonstrate the profound ability, skill and creativity of Oklahoma’s artists.”
Tony Morton, Gallery Director for Paseo Originals Art Gallery and 2014 Sculpture Park Curator.
Sculpture Park is located on the east lawn of Stage Center. Sculpture artists inlcude: Rick Bewley, Tracey Bewley, Jim Dodson Jr., Dan Garret, Kendall Howerton, Dean Imel, Harolyn Long, Brett McDanel, Don Narcomey, David Phelps, Morgan Robinson, Collin Rosebrok, Barbara Scott & Joe Slack, Suzanne Wallace Mears, John Wolfe & Eric Wright.
Site-specific artwork created by Tanner Frady and Jason Pawley.
6-Day Wine Cellars
This special wine area, located in the Myriad Gardens, offers festival-goers a place to rest inside while enjoying a variety of high quality red and white wines. Six varieties of wine from around the world and Coop Ale Works Beer will be offered. Patrons must be 21 to enter; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Entertainers of all ages donate their performances on three stages at the Festival. To see a complete schedule, click HERE.
Art Moves will also be moving across the festival! Keep a look out for various performances throughout all 6 days!
Collin Rosebrook and the artisans of Paseo Pottery assist children and adults in selecting, creating, and firing a pot or vase using the ancient Oriental technique of RAKU. Prices range from $5 to $50.
South Hudson Uncorked
It will include an interactive mural for adults, Paint Between the Wines - a paint by number - and will also sell premium wine and beer.
This year's street performer is Wacky Chad. With over a decade of experience, be prepared to be amazed by this stunt comedian. He juggles flaming batons, does handstands while riding a skateboar, leaps objects on a pogo stick, and electrifies the crowd with his unicycle skills. There won't be a dull moment in his performance! We'll see you there!
Southeast Side of Stage Center
Tuesday - Thursday: 1 -1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m., 6:30-7 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 1-1:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m., 7:45-8:15 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30-1 p.m., 2:30-3 p.m., 4-4:30 p.m.
For more information on Wacky Chad please click here.
Interested in becoming involved as a Festival of the Arts volunteer for next year? Please stop by Volunteer Connection located by Headquarters for more information.
At the Young-at-Art Mart Festival artists sell original works of art priced from $.50 to $5. This unique area is open to children 12 and under, and is located in the Youth Plaza in the southwest corner of the Myriad Botanical Gardens.