Community Celebration of the Visual, Performing and Culinary Arts

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Evening time at the OKC Festival of the Arts
Artist Row at the OKC Festival of the Arts

2012 Festival of the Arts

Community Celebration of the Visual, Performing and Culinary Arts

April 24-29, 2012, Downtown Oklahoma City

Since 1967, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s annual Festival of the Arts has been the city’s “rite of spring.” The 46th annual Festival of the Arts, April 24-29, promises to continue this rich tradition. Event co-chairs for the 2012 Festival of the Arts are Sue Hale and Tom Walsh.

Every year the Festival attracts up to 750,000 people in 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.

The Visual Arts

The Festival features nearly 200 artists from all over the U.S. This year’s poster artist, Brett Varney, is from Canada, continuing the long-standing Festival tradition of having international artists. Several of the featured artists are from Oklahoma, representing the rich culture and talent of our state.

The Culinary Arts  

Take a break from the art and enjoy all the fine food Festival has to offer. The International Food Row will feature old favorites like Helmut’s Strudel, Strawberries Newport and Gopuram – Taste of India. A few returning vendors are Interurban, Deep Fork Grill, Papa’s Greek Food, and Sammy’s Pizza. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts-related non-profit agency, so each bite goes to support the arts in central Oklahoma.

The Performing Arts

Festival of the Arts has four stages of non-stop performing arts entertainment ranging in scope from the youngest elementary school performers to professional musicians. New this year, the Festival will have one of the stages dedicated to our new program, Art Moves, presented by Devon. This stage will feature Art Moves artists and performers throughout Festival. More than 300 performers donate their time and talent to entertain Festival crowds. This year’s street performer is Al Millar. He is a contortionist from Australia commonly referred to as the Human Knot. He also was the runner up in season one of Australia’s Got Talent. Al will wow Festival goers with his amazing talents as he maneuvers through the festival streets.

Art for Children

The Youth Plaza will include many great activities for children and families. Shop from the Festival’s youngest artists at the Youth Art Sale on Saturday, where youth ages eight to 18 present their own artwork for sale. In a special no-adults-allowed section, children can purchase art created by their favorite Festival artists for $5 or less. There will be three fun art activities for kids to enjoy; they can Build a Bug, create their own artwork at the Doodle Den, or try their hand at tie-dye and jewelry making at the Wearable Workshop.


The Festival of the Arts is produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City and takes place April 24-29 in downtown Oklahoma City at the Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Hours are 11am to 9pm Tuesday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm Sunday. Admission is free, and pets are not allowed. For more information, visit or call 405-270-4848.

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