An event that was first put on in 1967 and is an annual highlight of spring for Oklahoma City, the Festival of the Arts lasts six days at its downtown venue. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City sponsors this event, which takes place at Bicentennial Park in downtown Oklahoma City in front of the Civic Center Music Hall. Visual artists from all over the nation combine with performance and culinary artists to present an amazing Oklahoma springtime feast for the eyes and the soul, as well as an actual food feast. The festival, which generally draws about 750,000 people, also features activities for the entire family.
Arts: Visual, Performance and Culinary
An all-inclusive artistic event, the Oklahoma City Festival features much more than just visual art that includes sculpture, paintings, and furniture. There is also a wide variety of performance art with three stages of non-stop shows. And that doesn't even include the incredible street entertainment.
The festival emphasizes the international flavors of Food Row, and each food vendor is partnered with an area non-profit organization. You'll find traditional favorites like strawberries Newport, Indian tacos, coyote chicken sandwiches, Baja tacos, and tequila bread pudding.
For the Kids
This arts festival is not just for adults. Don't worry. The kids won't be bored. That's because there's so much specifically for 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 affordable artistic shopping that is exclusively for the kids.
The 2018 Festival
Admission to 2018's Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts is free. It takes place from April 24 to 29, Tuesday through Sunday. From Tuesday to Saturday, hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nearby Hotels and Lodging
You have your choice of a number of nearby hotel options, all of which are less than a mile from Bicentennial Park. A few possibilities, among the best in Oklahoma City, include:
- Colcord Hotel: The Colcord is a boutique hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has many accolades. It rated the four-diamond award from AAA in 2017, was named a best hotel in Oklahoma by Oklahoma Magazine in 2017, and landed the No. 4 spot in U.S. News and World Report's list of best hotels in Oklahoma in 2017.
- Sheraton Oklahoma City: The luxury Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City is close to the Bricktown Entertainment District. It's a classy place with a Southwestern vibe that offers several dining options, including Block 23, the Aria Lounge, and Library Coffee & Co.
- Renaissance Oklahoma City: This upscale hotel, which has a four-diamond rating from AAA, is close to Bricktown and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. After the festival, kick back at the hotel's cozy Bar at 10 North and choose from a wide array of scotch selections.
- Courtyard by Marriott: A less pricey but still nice option is the Courtyard by Marriott downtown. This hotel is adjacent to Bricktown and offers a breakfast buffet every day.