Are you ready for Oklahoma City's "rite of spring?" It's time for the Arts Council of Oklahoma City's 48th Annual Festival of the Arts, happening April 22-27 in beautiful downtown Oklahoma City. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free!
This year's festival theme is a "Bountiful Bloom," and it couldn't be more fitting. Festival-goers will find a bounty of great food, exciting entertainment, and fantastic artwork from the country's most talented artists.
This year there are 144 artists representing 13 different media, over 200 performers and more than 30 food vendors in International Food Row.
So, here's a quick list of must-see and do events at Festival of the Arts:
1. Angels and Friends Party, presented by Arvest Bank-Dance the night away under a beautiful 40-foot tent overlooking the Ozarka Water Stage, all while you take in the beautiful Pop Art exhibit, thanks to our friends at VI Marketing and Branding. Enjoy great ambiance, dancing, delicious food and drinks and more. Get your ticket today for the hottest party in town. They are $50 and can be purchased at http://www.artscouncilokc.com//angels-friends-party.
2. Children's Art Field and Creation Station - At the Children's Art Field, kids can make an origami kite and plant-a-seed for $2. This tent is located in the Youth Plaza on the west side of the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Next, head over to Creation Station, located at the southeast corner of the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Here, children and adults can participate in a free, larger-than-life work of art that will continue to grow and change through the week.
3. Go Green Tent - For the last five years Festival has been taking steps to become an eco-conscious event to help keep our beautiful city clean. For this final phase, all waste products are being composted and recycled and all food vendors are using recyclable and compostable packing and utensils. Stop by the tent located south of Stage Center to learn more. Also be on the lookout for our Go Green committee members and educational signage and recycling receptacles across Festival grounds.
4. Culinary Arts Demonstration Tent, presented by Brewer Entertainment - The greatest movers and shakers on the Oklahoma City food scene will be present to either show you how to make a dish or provide you more insight into their business. Get the schedule here. http://www.artscouncilokc.com/culinary-arts-demonstrations
5. South Hudson Uncorked - For ages 21 and over, stop by and enjoy premium wine and beer while participating in the interactive art exhibit, Color Between the Wines.
6. Dinner Friday and Saturday Night at the Café Stage - What a better way to wind down your work week and say hello to the weekend than delicious food and amazing entertainment. International Food Row welcomes 30 food vendors who are showcasing some top notch local eats. Strawberries Newport, Indian tacos and chicken and waffles are back again this year due to their overwhelming popularity. New food additions include the Blue Belle Grill featuring Rosemary fried chicken, Smokestack BBQ serving up pulled pork parfaits, and the Sugar Shack dishing out OreOMGosh cookies, cupcakes and brownie buttons. View the complete menu now to create your game plan. See the full vendor list here. http://www.artscouncilokc.com/culinary-arts
After you grab a bite to eat, hit up the Café Stage area on Festival plaza to catch some entertainment from our over 200 performers. Jazz, rock, folk, classical, soul and pop are just some of the tunes that will be playing. Check out the complete list online to plan your evenings. http://www.artscouncilokc.com/performing-arts
There you have it! Some of the top things to see and do during the six days of Festival of the Arts. Share this with your family, friends and co-workers. We'll see you there!
For more information about Festival of the Arts and a complete list of schedules, visit www.artscouncilokc.com/festival-of-the-arts. Be sure to also like us on Facebook (Arts Council of Oklahoma City), follow us on Twitter and Instagram (artscouncilokc). You can also follow along with the official festival hashtag #okcfa.
The Arts Council of Oklahoma City enriches the lives and atmosphere of Oklahoma City every year by bringing the arts and the community together. A 501c3 non-profit organization, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City's free and low-cost arts programming, including arts education in schools, reaches one million residents and visitors annually. Program funding comes from generous donors and grants. Among these are Devon Energy Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, MidFirst Bank, The Oklahoman, Sonic - America's Drive-In, OGE, Ozarka Coffee and Water Service, ICG, ImageNet, Tyler Media, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oklahoma Arts Council and Allied Arts. For more information, call 405-270-4848 or visit www.artscouncilokc.com.