Festival of the Arts

The 2020 Festival has been cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 situation and in the interest of keeping the public safe and healthy, the 2020 Festival of the Arts has been cancelled. In its place, we’ll be doing daily livestreams and sharing our favorite Festival memories to our social media platforms. Join us by sharing your Festival of the Arts story with #OKCFA and # ACOKC!

All artists and food vendors have been invited back to participate in Festival 2021



2020 Featured Artist Poster – now available!

Order the honorary Festival of the Arts Poster today signed  by Kinetic Sculpture Artist Dean Imel. 

Thank you for supporting Arts Council Oklahoma City! A portion of the proceeds will benefit programming such as Festival of the Arts. 

Scroll down to learn more about the artist!

Watch Live Streams on our Facebook Page

Monday, April 20 – SUnday, April 26

Additional Special Demonstrations and Performances

The Festival of the Arts is a community celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts, bringing a variety of talented artists together in downtown OKC’s Bicentennial Park. Festival has been an OKC tradition since 1967, considered a rite of spring and a signature event for the Arts Council, with an average of 750,000 Festival attendees.

We’ll see you at Festival of the Arts 2021!

A Message From the Co-Chairs

On March 17th, we sadly announced the cancelation of Festival 2020. It was absolutely the right decision but we know you share our deep sorrow in seeing this beloved annual tradition cancelled. “Bringing the Arts and the Community Together” has always been Arts Council Oklahoma City’s mission. Now, that mission means more than ever. As we approach this next week , what would have been the week of Festival of the Arts 2020, join us and Arts Council Oklahoma City in celebrating past Festival memories, live performances, a look at behind the scenes, and more. We want you to participate! Submit your favorite Festival memory, picture, or both on social media using #OKCFA! We’d love to share your story. A big thank you to all involved: our sponsors, volunteers, artists, and the community. Our mission continues because of you.
We look forward to seeing you again for Festival of the Arts 2021!

Randy Cassimus and Kaycee Nolting
Festival of the Arts 2020 & 2021 Co-Chairs

Featured Artist: Dean Imel

Regal by Dean Imel captures the beauty of movement with the majestic colors of violet.  However, movement is the main theme in all of Imel’s metalworks. Why movement? Imel’s inspirational moment came unexpectedly while watching tv. The program showed an aerial view of an affluent neighborhood in Beverly Hills. The houses were gorgeous and extravagant, however  something stood out even more . The movement from a kinetic sculpture drew Imel’s attention and an observation was formed, “Any thing that moves and captures your eye is a temporary focal point. You can’t resist it.”

A picture’s worth a thousand words but an experience is priceless. See his sculptures in action and experience the circular and spiral movements of each one. Imel’s sculptures will be on display this year at Festival of the Arts 2020.

Listen to an interview with Dean Imel on the Live Your Purpose Podcast

Festival of the Arts 2020 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Associate Sponsors

Additional Support

Supporting Sponsors

  • Allied Steel
  • Brewer Entertainment, Inc.
  • Express Employment Professionals International
  • Hall Estill
  • ImageNet Consulting
  • Metropolitan Library System
  • Parrish DeVaughn
  • Phillips Murrah, P.C.
  • Pirate’s Alley
  • Robert A Parman Foundation
  • S & S Promotions
  • St. Anthony Hospital
  • Studio Architecture, P.C.
  • Medley Material Handling Company
  • Mood Party Rentals

Grand Patrons

  • 405 Magazine
  • Brian & Ronita Alford
  • Anschutz Foundation
  • BancFirst
  • Bank of Oklahoma
  • Best Western Saddleback Inn
  • Ronna & Larry Davis
  • Darr & Collins, LLC
  • Dolese Bros. Co.
  • Downtown OKC, Inc.
  • Christy & Jim Everest
  • Ed & Gay Kirby Foundation
  • Macdowell Club of Allied Arts
  • Marianne’s Rentals for Special Events
  • Mickey Mantle’s Steak House
  • Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority
  • Party Box
  • Republic National Distributing Company
  • Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library
  • Lance & Cindy Ruffel
  • Venue Catering Co.
  • Western Enterprises, Inc.
  • West Village Apartments
  • Williams Box Forshee & Bullard, P.C.

Sustaining Patrons

  • 84 Hospitality Group
  • Action Safety Supply Company
  • Air Comfort Solutions
  • Allen Contracting, Inc.
  • American Fire & Safety
  • American Propane Gas Co.
  • Anheuser-Busch Sales of Oklahoma
  • Ben E. Keith Foods
  • Capital Distributing Company
  • Claims Management Resources
  • Crowe & Dunlevy
  • Diverse CTI
  • Enable Midstream Partners
  • Fore Wheeler Golf Carts, LLC
  • Fred Jones Family Foundation
  • Debe & Rick Hauschild
  • Gardner Tanenbaum Holdings
  • Garman Productions, LLC.
  • Le Fleuriste
  • Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
  • McAffee & Taft
  • Naifeh Fine Jewelry
  • Polly & Larry Nichols
  • OKC Farmer’s Market
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art
  • Oklahoma Gazette
  • Pepsi Bottling Group of Oklahoma City
  • Triad Design Group
  • Mary & Tom Walsh
  • W & W Steel Co.

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Festival of the Arts is the year’s biggest fundraiser for Arts Council Oklahoma City. While we may be apart right now, our mission is still to bring the arts and the community together, whether that’s in person or online. Help us continue to fulfill our mission during these difficult times.

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