NORMAN, Okla.—The Fourth Annual Norman Music Festival (NMF) invites local artists, vendors and festival enthusiasts to join in making this year’s festival the best Norman has seen yet. 


"Dustbowl Arts Market is thrilled to be entering its second year of partnership with Norman Music Festival. We will be located on the corner of Crawford and Gray in an open-air market where 40 regionally local artists will be showcasing their work.  Incorporating artists and handmade crafters into the festival, alongside all the musicians, is a great way to showcase the diversity of talent in our area as well as giving festival goers a handmade marketplace to do some shopping,” says Katie Huskerson, organizer for the Dustbowl Arts Market.


Huskerson says the Dustbowl is an art and handmade market that focuses on local commerce, building community and celebrating originality. They are currently accepting applications for artists interested in showcasing their art and handmade goods of all kinds at the festival. The deadline for artist applications is Friday, March 24, 2011.


“Our food and commercial vendors in years past have experienced enormous success with their involvement with the Norman Music Festival,” says Wilmari Ruiz, vendor committee chair. “We value our relationship with our vendors and the contribution they make to keeping the Norman Music Festival free for everyone.”


With new restrictions on food and drinks coming into the festival, vendors are more important than ever.  Food vendors will be conveniently located in a centrally located City parking lot, near the Kids Stage and art vendors. Food vendors must be licensed by the proper authorities and be able to provide copies of all permits with their application.


Commercial vendors will be located on Main Street right in the middle of the action. Deadline for food and commercial vendor applications is Friday, April 1, 2011.


Applications for all vendors can be downloaded from the website, under the Vendor tab, or e-mailed to Wilmari at


And, as always, the festival would not be possible without the support of many volunteers.  This year, NMF4 needs at least 160 volunteers to ensure a safe and enjoyable festival. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, help with crowd control, clean up, hospitality, parking and many other duties. This is a great opportunity to support the festival and give back to the Norman community. A volunteer sign up form can be found on the website,


The fourth annual Norman Music Festival will be held on Thursday 28, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 of April 2011. The festival is free and open to the public and will take place on the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of historic Downtown East Main Street, east of the railroad tracks in the Arts District, as well as the 100 block of West Main. Thursday and Friday night entertainment will be predominantly at indoor locations, and Saturday will feature the full-blown festival atmosphere complete with street closures and large outdoor stages.


For more information on the Norman Music Festival, visit


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