It’s been a landmark community event for more than four decades, but the Paseo Arts Festival remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. In fact, between the area’s storied past and increasingly exciting future, there’s no time like the present to join in celebrating the historic arts district’s creativity.
It’s a Memorial Day weekend must: more than 90 visual artists will fill the Paseo with original artwork – everything from painting, ceramics and photography to woodworking, sculpture and jewelry – while the fully stocked food court keeps visitors circling back for a few more bites, and dozens of bands pack two stages with free performances.
“We look forward every year to bringing the Paseo Arts Festival to OKC,” says Paseo Arts Association director Amanda Bleakley. “It’s not just our biggest fundraiser, but also a way to make art accessible to the community.”
Neighborhood involvement is always a key component and helps give the event its convivial flavor, but there’s plenty to draw visitors from farther away, as well. Case in point: Bleakley continues that “We have 52 bands and performers scheduled on two stages, and two free children’s art areas. I think our patrons will love it; there’s a lot of great talent in Oklahoma!”
The food is great, too – bratwurst to deep-fried tacos to gourmet miniature donuts from Metro Minis (in case you want something delicious while still leaving a bit of room for more brats and fried tacos). Plus, adults may be interested in this year’s addition of three beers from Coop Ale Works on tap.
The plans are set – all that’s missing from the 42nd annual festival is people to enjoy it. Visit thepaseo.org for more details, and get ready to explore May 26-27.