Community Celebration of the Visual, Performing and Culinary Arts

April 26-May 1, 2011, Downtown Oklahoma City


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Since 1967, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s annual Festival of the Arts has been the city’s “rite of spring.” The 45th annual Festival of the Arts, April 26-May 1, promises to continue the tradition. Event co-chairs for the 2011 Festival of the Arts are Ray Bitsche and Kym Mason.


The Visual Arts

The Festival features 144 fine artists in Artist Row plus large sculptures in the Sculpture Park. Curated by the South Hudson Gallery committee, this year’s South Hudson Gallery exhibit will feature curators by South Hudson Gallery Committee and will feature a Pro-Am of professional artists paired with local celebrities to create a collaborate work of art.


The Culinary Arts
Take a break from the art and enjoy all of the fine food Festival has to offer. The International Food Row will feature old favorites like Indian Tacos, Craig and Carter’s Fish Tacos, Strawberries Newport and Bodacious Burritos. Some new vendors this year will be Grand Slam Grill who will feature Cajun specialties such as gumbo and shrimp on the barbie. Kona Ice will feature their unique Flavor Wave where kids and adults can make their own shaved ice. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts-related non-profit agency, so each bite goes to support the arts in central Oklahoma.


The Performing Arts

Festival of the Arts has four stages of non-stop performing arts entertainment ranging in scope from the youngest elementary school performers to professional musicians. More than 300 performers donate their time and talent to entertain Festival crowds, which reach up to 750,000 in six days. This year’s street performer group is Richard Renner, the Vodvill Klown. He will be roaming the grounds, wowing audiences with a variety of tricks including stilt-walking and pantomime.


Art for Children
The Youth Plaza will include many great activities for children and families. New this year is the Youth Art Sale in which kids can apply for a booth space and sell their art just like the professional Festival artists. Children can also purchase art created by Festival artists for $5 or less at the Young-at-Art Mart, where it’s kids-only shopping. There is also a Community Arts Showcase tent and performances at the Children’s Stage, including school groups and a children’s talent show called Festival Idol. Face painting, a children’s festival favorite, will be located nearby at the north side of the Crystal Bridge. And for a free activity, children should venture to Creation Station, where they can help build and add on to a giant sculpture.


The Festival of the Arts is produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City and takes place April 26-May 1 in downtown Oklahoma City at the Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Hours are 11am to 9pm Tuesday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm Sunday. Admission is free, and pets are not allowed. For more information, visit or call 405-270-4848.


The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is a non-profit 501 c(3) organization dedicated to bringing the arts and the community together through free or low-cost cultural events and a variety of arts outreach activities that impact underserved populations. Each year, Arts Council events, programs and services reach nearly one million residents and visitors to the Oklahoma City community. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City receives funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council, is an Allied Arts member agency, and has received funding through a grant from the Inasmuch Foundation. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is sponsored by Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Devon Energy Corporation, MidFirst Bank, The Oklahoman, Ozarka Coffee and Water Service, and Sonic – America’s Drive-in. For more information, call 405-270-4848 or visit