Festival of the Arts
Angels & Friends Party
You’re invited to the Angels & Friends Party—Oklahoma City’s finest celebration of spring! This party doubles as Arts Council OKC’s ONLY fundraising party throughout the year. All proceeds support year-round, free and low-cost programming, like All Access Arts, Art Moves, Festival of the Arts and the Sunday Twilight Concert Series.
More than 400 artists applied and submitted work for the Festival jury process. The 144 chosen artists are some of the nation’s finest. Represented media include oils, water, sculpture, and two-and three-dimensional works.
Our daily Art Moves program will feature your favorite local musicians at Festival of the Arts. You can catch this year’s performances on the Colcord Lawn just east of Park West with afternoon and evening slots filled by artists that frequent the program throughout the year.
Children's Art Field
Located on the west lawn of City Hall, Children’s Art Field provides children ages 3-12 with the opportunity to create three different arts projects for $3 total.
Culinary Arts Presented by Brewer Entertainment
Located at the center of Bicentennial Park, the Culinary Arts tent features demonstrations and tastings by talented local restaurants and chefs.
Creation Station Presented by Bank of Oklahoma
Children and adults can help create a larger-than-life work of art at Creation Station, located on the west lawn of City Hall. Add to this giant collaborative sculpture that grows and changes throughout the week.
Face Painting, in Collaboration with the Bricktown Clowns
Festival would not be complete without this popular attraction. Face Painting, for all ages, is located at the NE corner of Bicentennial Park. The cost is $1 for a simple design and $5-15 for more intricate designs by the Bricktown Clowns.
Festival's Got Talent
Festival’s Got Talent features incredible performances by local K-12th grade finalists, selected at auditions held before Festival. Three judges oversee the competition and select one grand prize winner from each age bracket. The show takes place Saturday, April 25th from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the Colcord Children’s Stage, presented by Sonic.
Stop by this modern photo booth to commemorate your experiences with friends and family at Festival of the Arts. For just $3 you’ll receive a printed photo strip and a digital copy you can share on social media. Don’t forget tag Festival at #okcfa.
Festival Under $15
Not only is Festival of the Arts FREE to attend, but there are tons of low-cost things for the entire family to enjoy! Get your face painted by a pro for less than $5 or create pottery at pottery place for less than $10. At Creation Station, kids and adults can help build a community masterpiece for free and younger children can purchase artwork donated by Festival artists for less than $5 at the Young-at-Art-Mart. Don’t forget to commemorate all of your experiences at Festi-pics, where you can snag the perfect picture and print it on a photo strip for $3!
Have questions? Need directions? Lost someone? Headquarters is located by the corner of N. Walker Avenue and Colcord Drive.
International Food Rows
From snacks to entrees to desserts, Festival is a celebration of the culinary arts! Thirty food vendors bring their delectable specialties to International Food Rows.
Mustard’s Last Stand
Mustard’s Last Stand offers hot dogs, chili pies, nachos, iced tea, and Ozarka products for $3.00 or less.
Entertainers of all ages donate their performances on three stages at Festival of the Arts. You can find the full schedule here and a map of the stages here.
OG&E Recharging Station
Looking to recharge? The OG&E Recharging Station, located directly in front of the Civic Center, offers ample tables and seating for you to enjoy the treats you picked up on Food Row or to rest your feet between attractions.
The 2020 Co-Chairs Kaycee Nolting and Randy Cassimus, along with the Park West committee, warmly welcome you to enjoy craft beer and wine in this 21+ only tent.
Collin Rosebrook and the artisans of Paseo Pottery assist children and adults in selecting, glazing, and firing a pot or vase using the ancient technique of raku. Stop by the NE corner of Bicentennial Park. Prices range from $5 to $50.
In 2019, 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City Manager Michaela Slavid will be curating this year’s presentation at Sculpture Park. Slavid said, “I am honored to participate in this event for the second year and look forward to building upon last year’s momentum. From utilitarian artwork and outdoor ornamentation to delicate yarn sculptures, a broad range of styles and materials will be displayed on the lawns of Bicentennial Park and in the Sculpture Tent. A focal point of this year’s exhibition is to amplify local women artists working in sculpture. Located at the heart of the festival grounds, the Sculpture Park will continue to expand the viewer’s perspective on three-dimensional media.”
2019 Sculpture Park artists included: Beatriz Mayorca, Amanda Zoey, Rick and Tracey Bewley, Barbara Weidell, Leigh Martin, Leslie Martin, Kenny McCage, Brett McDanel, Dean Imel, Joe Slack, Dan Garrett, Klint Schor, Jarica Walsh, Chris Hildenbrandt
Six Day Cellars, Presented by Phillips Murrah, PC
Looking for a relaxing location to take a break? Stop by the Six Day Cellars tent, located on the east side of Bicentennial Park, to enjoy craft beer and wine. Open to adults 21+ only.
VIP Tent, Presented by Hall Estill
The VIP tent returns for Arts Council Oklahoma City Patron level donors and up! Escape the Festival crowds and partake in complimentary beer and wine in an exclusive VIP lounge. The VIP tent is located in Bicentennial Park, near the Culinary Arts demonstration tent. Open to adults 21+ only—you must present your VIP pass to enter.
Youth Art Sale
Youth Art Sale is a one-day juried art sale held, Saturday, April 25th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This area features Oklahoma artists ages 8-18 who create paintings, photography, and two- and three-dimensional art. Youth Art Sale provides an opportunity for talented young artists to showcase and sell their work in a venue comparable to that of professional artists at Festival of the Arts.
Young at Art Mart
It’s never too early to start collecting art! In the Young-at-Art Mart, Festival artists sell original works of art priced from $0.50 to $5. This unique area is only open to children ages 5-12 and is located on the west lawn of City Hall. Each child can buy one piece and allowed to browse on their own.
The deadline for performance applications for Festival of the Arts 2020 has been extended to Jan. 15. If you or someone you know is a