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 will be available in the Bob Howard lot south of Reno. A Chesapeake Energy CNG shuttle will pick up passengers at the Bob Howard parking lot every fifteen minutes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily during the festival. This lot is paid 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.
Take a look at the OKC Bus schedule here.
Downtown Discovery buses will be transporting festival-goers from Embark parking garages to the festival grounds during all six days of Festival of the Arts. Embark will also be extending their evening hours to accommodate passengers traveling to and from the festival. Click here to find the closest Embark parking garage.
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.
Located at N. Walker Avenue & Patience Latting Circle, N. Walker Avenue & Couch Drive, N. Walker Avenue & Colcord Drive, N. Lee Avenue & Couch Drive, and N. Lee Avenue & Colcord Drive.
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, and emergency personnel are on the grounds at all times. Police are located on the third floor of the Civic Center. The First Aid station is located North of Artist Tent 21.
MidFirst Bank ATM
MidFirst Bank, the official bank of the Festival, has ATM locations inside Art Sales Booth 1 & 3.
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.
More information to come.
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.
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.
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 three art projects – handprint butterflies, Oklahoma sky pomp, and a suncatcher for a $3 fee at Children’s Art Field. This tent is located on the NW corner of the City Hall lawn.
Creation Station, presented by OCU
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.
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.
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 OG&E
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, presented by Cadillac
“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.
Park West, Presented By American Energy Partners
2016 Co-Chairs Suzi Clowers & Kermit Frank, and the Park West Committee, proudly present Park West. Stop by the SW corner of Bicentennial Park for premium beer and wine.
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.
This year’s street performer is Jason Divad – Comedy Juggling and Stunts! Jason has always been adventurous, even as a child on the playground. He soon realized that his precocious personality and love of daring tricks could earn him a living and he threw himself into performing. He has worked as part of the Better Than Nothing duo and the Vesuvius Fire Tribe, but now focuses on his solo act. This self-described “object manipulator” juggles everything from knives to stinky shoes, performs handstands and stunts, and unicycles, all while provoking laughter from people of all ages. You won’t want to miss Jason David!
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.
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.