50th Festival of the Arts

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50th Festival of the Arts
Annual event scheduled April 19-24 at Bicentennial Park

Since 1967, Arts Council Oklahoma City’s Annual Festival of the Arts has been the city’s “rite of spring.” The 50th annual Festival of the Arts, April 19-24, promises to continue this rich tradition. Event co-chairs for the 2016 Festival of the Arts are Suzi Clowers and Kermit Frank.

Festival of the Arts is produced by Arts Council Oklahoma City and presented by Devon Energy Corporation and MidFirst Bank. The 2016 Festival of the Arts in a new location, Bicentennial Park. The event runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For their safety and yours, pets are not allowed.

Every year Festival of the Arts attracts up to 750,000 people over six days. Free admission, amazing art, fantastic food, exciting entertainment and fun activities are all in store for visitors to enjoy at this year’s Festival.

Visual Arts
The Festival features 200 artists from all over the United States. This year’s theme is “First of Spring” and the poster artist, David Holland, is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Several of the featured artists are from Oklahoma, representing the rich culture and talent of our state. Artists from a total of 41 states will exhibit this year’s Festival.

Culinary Arts
Take a break from the visual and performing arts to enjoy all the fine food that Festival of the Arts has to offer. International Food Row features old favorites like Indian Tacos, Strawberries Newport, Craig & Carter’s Famous Fish Tacos and C’est Si Bon. New additions to this year’s International Food Row include Meat Market Refectory, Grilled Cheesery. Snow Smores, and I Don’t Know & I Don’t Care. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts-related nonprofit agency, so each bite goes to support the arts in central Oklahoma.

Performing Arts
Festival of the Arts has three stages of non-stop performing arts entertainment ranging in scope from the youngest elementary school performers to professional musicians.

Art for Children
Festival of the Arts will include many great activities for children and families. Shop from Festival’s youngest artists at the Youth Art Sale where youth ages 8 to 18 present their own artwork for sale. Young at Art Mart is a special no-adults-allowed section where children can purchase art created by their favorite Festival artists for $5 or less. Children can create their own unique work of art in the Children’s Art Field. Face painting for $1 will be available.

Support the Arts
Festival of the Arts is more than an engaging arts extravaganza. All proceeds support Arts Council Oklahoma City’s year-round, free and low-cost programming. Another unique way to support this effort is by attending the Angels and Friends Party. It boasts entertainment, fare from OKC’s best restaurants, an open bar and a chance to celebrate the arts and the coming of Spring with OKC’s most devout arts supporters.

Parking Information
Bus routes and a shuttle make the move to Bicentennial Park a breeze for the 2016 Festival of the Arts.

Even with the move back to Bicentennial Park, parking will be easily accessible for the 2016 Festival of the Arts. Buses, a shuttle, and new parking garages will be available for this year’s festival-goers.

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.

Attendees will receive additional accommodation from a Chesapeake Energy CNG shuttle. This 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. Additional parking can be found in the new Arts District parking garage, and around downtown Oklahoma City thanks to the completion of the Project 180 street parking initiatives. For questions about parking in Oklahoma City, visit parkingokc.com.

Arts Council Oklahoma City is a non-profit 501 ©(3) organization dedicated to bringing the arts and the community together through free or low-cost cultural events and a variety of arts outreach activities that impact underserved populations. Each year, Arts Council events, programs and services reach nearly one million Oklahoma City residents and visitors. Arts Council Oklahoma City is sponsored by Devon Energy Corporation, MidFirst Bank, The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, OGE Energy Corporation, Ozarka Water & Coffee Service, Sonic – America’s Drive-in, ICG, ImageNet Consulting, and Tyler Media. Arts Council Oklahoma City receives funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and is an Allied Arts member agency.

For more information, call 405-270-4848 or visit www.ArtsCouncilOKC.com.

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