Festival of the Arts (Oct 29-30)

Come take part in Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 27th annual Festival of the Arts.

With new artists taking part, this year’s event, set for Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 at the scenic MKAF Cultural Arts Village in Destin, again promises to be a true celebration of art, music, food and fun.

One of the Southeast’s premier art festivals, the two-day signature event features exhibits of nearly 100 artists from the U.S. as well as Europe showcasing a diverse palette of artistic styles in 18 different art mediums from oil, watercolor and glass art paintings to clay pottery, ceramics, metal sculpture, mixed media, jewelry art and much more.

Art lovers of all ages can watch Plein Air artists painting the landscape live, artists demonstrating their techniques in their tented booths, browse art from dozens of emerging new and student artists, and get hands-on in the interactive Kids ArtStop station.

Beyond the visual arts, the festival will feature two days of continuous live music and a sampling of the local culinary arts scene. Entertaining street performers, lively art drawings and the sale of colorful keepsake souvenirs — all create a family-friendly festival.

Esteemed judges will award $10,000 in artist prizes in the juried and collaborative art categories. On Saturday, festival goers are invited to vote for the People’s Choice Artist Award by casting a ballot located at the main festival entrance.

One not-to-miss feature is the Collaborative Art Exhibit, which showcases the work of student and adult artists competing for the McIlroy Award.

Six sensational local and regional musicians and bands will perform live throughout the weekend on stage at the Dugas Pavilion.

The festival celebrates the art of dining, too. Foodies will enjoy samplings of savory cuisine and sweet bites from area restaurants and caterers along with adult beverages in the wine bar and beer garden. Gather with family and friends to enjoy your meal seated at tables al fresco while taking in the festival scene and listening to the stellar music lineup.

27th Annual Festival of the Arts

October 29th-30th, 2022
Free to attend!

The Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village
4323 Commons Dr. West, Destin FL 32541