Festival Information

Festival of the Arts takes place at Bicentennial Park in downtown Oklahoma City.  The actual event area stretches from Lee Ave east to City Hall, and from Colcord north to Couch Drive.

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 Bicentennial Park, on Walker between Colcord and Couch, and on the City Hall lawn. When traveling to the festival please note that Walker will be closed between Colcord and Couch Drive.

Parking

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.

Bus Service

Take a look at the OKC Bus schedule here.

Pets

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 left to find schedules, menus, maps and more.

Restrooms

Located on the west and east ends of Colcord and Couch. Restrooms are also available on the north and south side of City Hall.

Information and Lost People

Festival Headquarters is located east of the Six Day Cellars tent in the center of Bicentennial Park. You may go here for event information or should you lose any members of your party.

Police/First Aid

Police, first aid, and emergency personnel are on the grounds at all times. The First Aid station is located on Colcord north of the park.

MidFirst Bank ATM

MidFirst Bank, the official bank of the Festival, has ATM locations on the north International Food Row, and in the T-Shirt tent in the park.

Weather

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.

Road Closings

More information to come.

Artists, performers and menus are subject to change.

 


Festival at a Glance

Artful Experience

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 TBD.

Artists

More than 500 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

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 inside Bicentennial Park, 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 on the NW corner of the City Hall lawn.

Creation Station

Children and adults may participate for free in a larger-than-life works of art in Creation Station, located on the west side of City Hall. Add to this giant collaborative sculpture that grows and changes throughout the week.

Face Painting

Festival would not be complete without this popular attraction. Face Painting is located on the NW corner of the City Hall lawn. 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 Children’s Stage, presented by Sonic, 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.

Go Green

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.

Sculpture Park

“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.”

6-Day Wine Cellars

This special wine area, located in Bicentennial Park, 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.

Performing Artists

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!

Pottery Place

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.

Street Performer

Info to come!

 

Volunteer Connection

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.

Young Art Sale

The Youth Art Sale is one-day juried art sale held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm.

YAS features young artists working in diverse visual media including 2-D & 3-D art.

The Youth Art Sale provides an opportunity for youth to showcase and sell their work in a venue that is comparable to what professional artists at Festival of the Arts experience.

Young-at-Art Mart

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 on City Hall lawn.