Show out for the arts at these hallmark Oklahoma festivals.
Oklahoma City’s love for the arts rivals that of larger cities such as Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. Arts in the 405 are a kaleidoscope of cultural diversity that brings together a community of enthusiasts, amateurs, hobbyists, professionals and creators in a multitude of media. April through June is filled with opportunities for Oklahomans to celebrate and support creative endeavors.
Paseo Arts Festival
The Paseo Arts District is home to visual artists working in glass, sculptures, jewelry, painting, ceramics and photography. Each year, more than 60,000 people attend the Paseo Arts Festival to revel in and shop the works of about 100 internationally renowned artists. Festival proceeds fund various year-round art activities and events in the district.
The Paseo Arts Festival is also known for its more than 50 live entertainers and musicians performing on two stages. In addition, 20 food and drink vendors will serve savory and sweet festival delicacies. This year, the festival runs from May 27 to 29.
Norman Art Walk
This free event organized by the Norman Arts Council honors arts and creativity every month in downtown’s Walker Arts District. More than 30 galleries, stores, studios, restaurants, bars, offices and more welcome thousands of visitors each month. The next Norman Art Walks will take place April 14 and May 12.
Downtown Edmond Arts Festival
Every year, the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival plays host to over 140 artists who display and sell their paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery and other handmade items. Embrace the artistic ambiance, festival food, children’s activities and live music. The festival is free to attend May 5 through 7.
20th Annual ARTini
ARTini touts itself as “OKC’s largest martini-tasting event.” This must-experience soiree stirs together live entertainment, delicious cuisine and an exclusive art auction that raises funds to help Allied Arts support creativity in the city. This year’s theme is the Roaring ’20s, to mark the 20th anniversary of ARTini. The fundraiser will be held April 21 from 7 to 11 p.m.
An Affair of the Heart
One of Oklahoma’s most prominent art, craft and boutique shows, the three-day shopping festival offers unique handmade goods, including gourmet meals, purses, furniture, jewelry and clothing. For guests, it is an opportunity to shop for one-of-a-kind items all in one location. The next show will be June 9-11.
Festival of the Arts
One of Oklahoma’s oldest and largest communal celebrations of the visual and performing arts, Arts Council Oklahoma City’s flagship festival has been bringing a range of outstanding artists together in downtown OKC.
This year, around 144 artists from across the U.S. will show paintings, jewelry, photographs, mixed media and other exquisite works at the spring tradition. Many live and musical performances will also take place across several stages.
Regular visitors to the festival may be aware that one of its best features is the food. Spend the day viewing cooking demonstrations and sampling treats from restaurants and vendors. This year’s spring festival will run April 25-30 in Bicentennial Park.