OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2024 Festival of the Arts will take place at Bicentennial Park in downtown Oklahoma City from Thursday through Sunday, April 25 – 28.  Presented by Inasmuch Foundation and MidFirst Bank, the event will stretch from Lee Avenue east to City Hall, and from Colcord north to Couch Drive.

This year the Festival of the Arts will move from a six-day event to a four-day event featuring art, food, and entertainment from a variety of local performing artists.

In an interview with Sunshine Artist Magazine (July 2023), Festival of the Arts artist Mary Ann Holmes of M. Robinson Artworks said, “It is difficult for an individual artist to work 10+ hour days for six days amidst fluctuating spring weather in OKC. The shortening of Festival of the Arts from six days to four (with the VIP Party the night before opening to the public) is an example of the Arts Council’s adaptability to the changing needs of the artists.”


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This year the Festival of the Arts will shift from a six-day event to a four-day event featuring art, food, and entertainment from a variety of local performing artists. Facebook photo


Artists at Festival of the Arts will now have two full days to unload and set up their booths before the event unofficially kicks off with a VIP event on Wednesday evening, the article stated.

“Since 1967, Festival of the Arts has been a tradition in downtown Oklahoma City, attracting more than 650,000 visitors from around the world each year and helping us achieve Arts Council Oklahoma City’s mission of bringing the arts and community together,” said Arts Council OKC Executive Director Angela Cozby.

“Festival grows and changes each year, and we can’t wait for you to see the incredible event that staff and volunteers have spent countless hours planning for the community,” Cozby added.







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The Festival Youth Art Sale is open to any artist ages 8 – 18 to display and sell their work, representing a wide variety of mediums, including jewelry, painting, watercolors and photography. Facebook photo


Festival of the Arts will feature 144 talented visual artists from around the country, represented in 12 mediums, including watercolor, photography, jewelry, glass, oil, wood, fiber, ceramics, sculpture, drawing digital printmaking, 2D mixed-media, and 3D mixed-media. Artists were selected through a jury process from a pool of over 400 applications.

Co-Chairs for the 58th annual Festival of the Arts are Jody McAnally and Pat Lewis.

An annual Festival favorite is International Food Row, which will feature 22 food vendors lining the streets on the north and south sides of the Civic Center Music Hall, as well as 8 food carts located on Festival grounds. This year’s Festival features 9 new food vendors and has the largest vegetarian selection in the event’s history, with 20 of the 30 vendors offering a vegetarian option.

Festival of the Arts will once again feature more than 100 local artists to perform on two stages throughout the four-day event. A variety of genres of performing arts will be represented throughout the event, including rock n’ roll, country, jazz, hip hop, classical, and dance. For the most up-to-date performing arts lineup, click here. 

An expanded children’s area will include Children’s Art Field, Pottery Place, Face Painting, and more surrounding City Hall, which will offer families hands-on art activities.

The Youth Art Sale will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located on the east lawn of City Hall, the one-day sale will feature a variety of pieces, all created by artists between the ages of 8 – 18.







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An annual Festival favorite is International Food Row, which will feature 22 food vendors lining the streets on the north and south sides of the Civic Center Music Hall, as well as 8 food carts located on Festival grounds. Facebook photo


According to the press release, Festival of the Arts is made possible with the help of over 4,000 volunteers who work for months to ensure Festival of the Arts will be its best.

“Arts Council Oklahoma City is blessed to have a strong, dedicated volunteer base who is committed to helping us bring the arts and the community together,” said Festival of the Arts Director Seth Lewis. “Thanks to their help, we’re certain this year’s Festival will be one for the ages.”

The annual Angels & Friends Celebration returns to Festival of the Arts on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the center of Bicentennial Park. The event will feature live music, delicious food, an open bar, and numerous raffle prizes, including a $2,500 gift card to Festival of the Arts.  

Angels & Friends is the annual fundraising event to support Arts Council Oklahoma City’s programs and initiatives such as All Access Arts, Art Moves, and the Sunday Twilight Concert Series. Must be 21 or older to enter. Tickets are available to purchase by clicking here.

For more information, visit artscouncilokc.com/festival-of-the-arts.







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