Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts 2017

Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts
••• Courtesy of Arts Council Oklahoma City

An event with 50 years of history, the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts lasts six days in downtown OKC at the Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Visual artists from all over the nation combine with performance and culinary art to present an amazing Oklahoma event.

The festival also features activities for the entire family. There's face painting, poster artwork and pottery making for the kids as well as shopping, live performances and great food for the adults.


For many years, the festival took place in the area between Sheridan and Reno at the Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens, but like last year, the 2017 event will be at Bicentennial Park in downtown Oklahoma City, in front of the Civic Center Music Hall.

Arts - Visual, Performance and Culinary:

An all-inclusive artistic event, the Oklahoma City Festival features much more than just visual art such as sculptures, paintings and furniture. There is also a wide variety of performance art with three stages of non-stop shows (get a full performance schedule). And that's not even to mention the incredible street entertainment.

The Festival places an emphasis on the International flavors of Food Row, and each food vendor is partnered with an area non-profit organization.

Returning treats include Papa’s Genuine Greek Foods, Gopuram Taste of India,and many more. You can find traditional favorites like Strawberries Newport, Indian Tacos, Coyote Chicken Sandwich, Baja Tacos, Tequila Bread Pudding and more.

For the Kids:

Don't worry; the kids won't be bored at this event. That's because there's so much specifically for the families. Getting involved in the creations they see, children can create posters, explore pottery creation and paint their faces. There's also a "Young-At-Art Mart" with very affordable artistic shopping only for the kids.

2017 Details:

Admission to the 51st annual Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts is free. It takes place from April 25-30, Tuesday through Sunday. From Tuesday to Saturday, hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other Information:

No pets are allowed at the festival. Donations can be made to the Arts Council of Oklahoma City online.

Performers wishing to apply for the Festival can do so by contacting the Arts Council. The application deadline for each year is typically in mid-December.

Nearby Hotels and Lodging:

There are a number of nearby hotel options.  For the top spots, see this list of the best downtown OKC hotels.  A few possibilities include: