Get the most out of the visual, culinary and performing arts at this years' 49th annual Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City April 21-26 at the Festival Plaza, on Hudson Avenue and at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.  The Festival has been the city's "rite of spring" since 1967 and promises to keep this rich tradition going for many years to come.  This year is no exception, with six days of non-stop art; you and your family are in for a real treat!

We've created a list of "must's" for you when visiting the Festival of the Arts this year starting with must-eats-let's dive in!

Culinary art:
From appetizers to desserts, the Festival of the Arts definitely celebrates the culinary arts and it's usually a first-stop for attendees. 
Here's what locals suggest:
1.  Indian Tacos
2.  Strawberry Newport
3. Bodacious Burrito
4. Tequila Bread Pudding
And these are just a few suggestions! 

Visual Art:
200 of the nation's finest artists will display and sell their art this year.  This year's theme is "Festival on Hudson" and the poster artist, Carol Joy Shannon, is from Raleigh, North Carolina. Several of the featured artists are from Oklahoma, representing the rich culture and talent of our state. Artists from a total of 43 states and two countries will exhibit this year's Festival.
To view samples of artwork before you arrive visit

There's also art for the kids too!  Make your way over to the Youth Plaza and shop from the Festival's youngest artists or let you children make their own unique work of art in the Children's Art Field.

Performing Art:
Enjoy three stages  of non-stop performing arts ranging from kids performances to some of the best local musicians and more. 
Here's some that you must check out:
1.  TONIGHT- Tuesday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. get movin' with Tasty BANG! alternative rock and reggae music followed by Hi-Def Howlers.  It will be a great way to kick off the first day. 
2.  Spend your lunch enjoying Breaking Silence on Thursday, April 23. 
3. Kick off your weekend and check out cover songs by The Wise Guys at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
4.  Start your Saturday with Oklahoma Traditions choral at 11 a.m. and then come back for local band Nicnos at 7:30 p.m.
5.  After the Memorial Marathon head over to the Great Lawn Stage at the Myriad Gardens for several dance performances with the last performance at 5 p.m.

For info on where to park, hours, general questions and more head over to the Arts Council Oklahoma City's website:

Enjoy your time in OKC and make sure you share all of those must-see photos on social media with #SeeOKC!