The annual Festival of the Arts returns to Oklahoma City April 24 to 29 with more than 140 of the nation's finest artists, an expanded children's art field, returning food favorites, culinary demonstrations and three performing arts stages featuring over 250 performances.


The 2018 Festival in Bicentennial Park marks the 52nd annual event for Arts Council Oklahoma City. Event co-chairs for this year's festival are Molly McBride and Paul Tyler. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the festival is expected to attract more than 700,000 visitors.


More than 400 artists submitted visual art for the Festival jury process and 144 were selected with media including oils, water, drawing and printmaking, photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, wood and two and three-dimensional works.


Continuing its celebration of the culinary arts, the Festival will feature 31 vendors in International Food Rowa with proceeds benefitting local nonprofit organizations.


This year's event features an expanded children's art field where participants can complete three art projects for $3. The face painting area also will include more extensive options in addition to the traditional $1 designs.


All proceeds from Festival of the Arts support Arts Council Oklahoma City's year-round, free and low-cost arts programming throughout the greater Oklahoma City community.