The arrival of Memorial Day weekend in Oklahoma City means it's time once again for the Paseo Festival of the Arts, May 24-26! It's hard to believe that it's the 38th annual year but if you look at the Paseo's history, 38 seems very young.
The historic Paseo Arts District was built in 1929 as the first shopping district north of downtown and is the oldest arts district community in Oklahoma City. The curved, two block long street has the feel of a little Spanish village with its stucco buildings and clay tile roofs. Today a vibrant group of artists continues to build the Paseo Arts District into one of the most creative art venues around. The Paseo is home to close to 17 galleries and more than 60 artists, all within walking distance and for the last five years hosts First Friday Gallery Walks. The Paseo Arts Festival is THE signature event.
More than 80 visual artists from 15 states will fill the Paseo Arts Festival, selling original artwork in a wide variety of media, from painting and photography to wood and jewelry. The Festival also hosts dozens of musicians and other live performers on two stages. A children's area, offered at no cost, allows future artists to explore the arts and have fun while creating. In addition to the visiting artists and food vendors, the Paseo Arts District's restaurants and galleries will also be open during Festival hours. Many galleries will host special exhibits and new artists during the Festival.
New this year is the Paseo Fringe Film Fest, produced by Peter Dolese. Beginning at 8:30pm after the Festival closes, films will be screened outdoors in the alley behind Paseo Gallery One and Paseo Originals on an enclosed grassy area. Films are FREE Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bring a blanket and chairs. Films include:
- Friday Night - Casablanca & Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
- Saturday Night - A Tribute to John Hughes: Ferris Bueller's Day Off & The Breakfast Club
- Sunday Night - A Tribute to Harold Ramis: Caddyshack & National Lampoon's Vacation
Each year, the Paseo Arts Festival draws more than 60,000 people who come to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of this event. As the Paseo Arts Association's largest annual fundraiser, the Festival helps to support arts events in the Paseo year-round.
DATES & TIMES
Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 2014.
Festival hours will be Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 8:00pm, with music until 11pm. On Monday, Festival hours are from 10am to 6pm.
The Paseo Arts District is located between N.W. 30th and Dewey & N.W. 28th and Walker in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Not sure where to park? The Paseo Arts Festival has a shuttle service! Parking will be available to Festival visitors at First Christian Church at 36th and Walker. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 9pm and Monday from 10am to 7pm.
Call the Paseo Arts Association at (405) 525-2688 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.