Oklahoma City's "Rite of Spring" -- is almost here! In two weeks come downtown to take part in your community-wide celebration of the arts and enjoy delicious food, free music and stunning original art.  The Festival will open Tuesday, April 26 and run until Sunday, May 1!

Festival of the Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Festival of the Arts co-chairs Kym Mason and Ray Bitsche have worked hard to recruit more than 5,000 volunteers and make the 45th Annual Festival of the Arts the best yet! There's actually more parking this year, despite the downtown renovations! Stay up-to-date on the street closures by visiting
Project180.com or by clicking here.  You can also keep up with available parking lots by clicking here.

There's something for everyone to enjoy with four stages of performing arts, children's activities, street performers and 144 visual artists exhibiting on Artist Row.

This year's South Hudson Gallery is featuring a pro-am exhibit pairing a professional artist and a local celebrity. Grab a specialty beverage and view these beautiful works for sale in a relaxing gallery setting.

Enjoy street performer Richard Renner as he performs his special brand of humor. Whether juggling, unicycling, ropewalking, or creating a zany improvisation, Richard performs with unbounded energy and skill. Richard will also be bringing his recycle-cycle as part of his performance.

International Food Row
is featuring more than 120 gourmet food items, representing nine countries! Many delicious favorites have returned like Indian Tacos, Craig and Carter's Fish Tacos,Strawberries Newport and Bodacious Burritos. But there's several new food items from new vendors, such as Rodney & Lisa Ltd.'s specialty caramel apples and Kona Ice's make-your-own shaved ice. All entrees are priced at $8 or less, making all options an affordable meal for lunch or dinner. Each food vendor is partnered with a local non-profit agency so each bite goes to support the arts in central Oklahoma.

Festival of the Arts is truly a family-friendly event with an entire area dedicated to children's art activities and music in the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Bring your children to Children's Art Field where they can make three different art projects for just $2 or let them purchase original artwork by the Plaza Artists for just $.50-$5 in the kids-only shopping area, the Young-at-Art Mart. Plus there's an entire Children's Stage north of the Crystal Bridge dedicated to children's performances, including the return of Festival Idol, and with plenty of kid-friendly food vendors nearby. You can also let your kids get creative and build on to a giant city sculpture called Creation Station -- a free activity in the northwest corner of Myriad Botanical Gardens.

There's even more affordable and free art activities going at Festival of the Arts.  Nearly 200 non-stop performances will be take place at Festival's four stages, providing everything from all music genres and dance to fashion shows, and more! You can also check out our iconic Sculpture Park, a garden of larger-than-life sculptural works. In Pottery Place you can select, create and fire up a pot or vase starting at $5. In Artful Experience you can watch live art demonstrations in wood carving, ceramics, watercolor and other media. In Artist Market  you can purchase reproductions of original works by Festival's Plaza Artists for just $60 or less. Express yourself with face painting for just $1 or purchase some festive balloons and flowers.

Please visit Festival of
the Arts for lunch, dinner and some all-day fun. All proceeds support the Arts Council of Oklahoma City's events, programs and services that touch nearly one million residents and visitors to our community.

Have a cell phone? View real-time information on our new mobile site, including maps, menus, performances schedules, and artists guides. Just visit ArtsCouncilOKC.com.