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Monday, March 15, 2010

Oklahoma City Celebrates the Arts

Since 1967, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s annual Festival of the Arts has been the city’s “rite of spring.”

The 44th annual Festival of the Arts, from April 20 to 25 in downtown Oklahoma City at the Festival Plaza, Stage Center and the Myriad Botanical Gardens, promises to continue the tradition.

The Festival features 144 fine artists on Hudson Avenue and the kinetic art in Windscapes. The Stage Center lawn will be filled with large-scale works of art in the Sculpture Park.

Take a break from the art and enjoy all of the fine food Festival has to offer. The International Food Row will feature old favorites like Indian Tacos, Craig and Carter’s Fish Tacos Strawberries Newport and Bodacious Burritos. Each food vendor is partnered with a local non-profit agency, so each bite goes to support the arts in central Oklahoma.

The Festival of the Arts has four stages of non-stop performing arts entertainment ranging in scope from the youngest elementary school performers to professional musicians. More than 300 performers donate their time and talent to entertain Festival crowds, which reach up to 750,000 in six days.

The Youth Plaza, located on the east side of the Crystal Bridge, will include many great activities for children and families. At Children’s Art Field, children can create their own art for just $2. Children can also purchase art created by Festival artists for $5 or less at the Young-At-Art Mart, where it’s kids-only shopping. There will also be kid-friendly food vendors, Student Arts After School Gallery and performances at the Children’s Stage.

For more information about top events in Oklahoma, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Oklahoma at http://www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-oklahoma.html

Or, take a look at the official web site for Oklahoma City at http://www.okccvb.org/