Returning to Walt Disney World for a second year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate performing, visual and culinary arts from January 12 – February 19, 2018.
Running seven days a week, the festival will feature seminars and workshops from top Disney, local and nationally-renowned artists including classes on drawing animation, photography, the art of making topiaries, and more.
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, and it returns to delight Central Florida art lovers the weekend of March 20-22.
Every year 225 national and international artists are selected to attend the show. Booths are set up in Central Park, and along Park Avenue, where over 350,000 visitors will enjoy the original works of art.
There will also be live entertainment throughout the festival, as well as food and drink for purchase.
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is free to attend. For more information, visit wpsaf.org.
One of my favorite annual events at Walt Disney World is the Festival of the Masters, held in the fall, so I’m sad to report that the event will not be held this year.
The reasoning given by the theme park is that with all the construction going on coverting Downtown Disney, where the festival is held, to Disney Springs, much of the area that hosts the arts festival will be unavailable.
While I can understand this, surely Disney could’ve accommodated the event elsewhere, such as the Epcot resort area, with the Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach Club stepping in for Downtown Disney.
Disney Springs construction is set to continue until 2016, so there’s a possibility the Festivals of the Masters won’t take place again until then. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
The 12th Annual Orlando Folk Festival returns to The Mennello Museum of American Art at Loch Haven Park, the weekend of February 8 and 9.
This is a celebration of art, music, and traditional crafts. Local musician/promoter Joseph Martens has booked a varied lineup of local musicians this year, including Bing Futch, Terri Binion, Drums of Umoja, The JCs Trio, JUNOSmile, and Beartoe.
Dozens of artists and artisans from around the country will feature their paintings, sculpture, ceramics, wood carvings, traditional crafts and other creations and inventions during the festival.
There will also be a Kids Corner featuring interactive artistic activities, food trucks, and other vendors.
The festival is free to attend, and runs from 10am-5pm both days. Admission to the museum itself is $5 for adults and $1 for students and children ages 6-18.
Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels returns to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World from Nov. 9-11, 2012 for its 37th year.
This open-air fine arts festival features nearly 150 award-winning artists, sidewalk chalk art, limited-edition fine art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass art, Disney collectibles, live music and more.
The Disney Artist Village tent at Pleasure Island will feature Disney character art created by masters from various Disney disciplines, including Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative design and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. At the Art of Disney, artist Dave Avanzino will create art pieces using prop-like elements and fonts based on signs and attractions found around Disney theme parks. Both locations will feature artist appearances throughout the weekend.
For the first time ever, the event will feature an Emerging Masters area, where more than 30 juried up-and-coming artists will showcase works and compete for awards.
Guests also can become part of the festival with interactive fun. Various activities presented by Michaels will be available, including “Make It Take It” crafts, a do-it-yourself fashion show, and the “Michaels Master Mural” where guests can help create a mosaic-like mural.
Other activities will include complimentary face painting and live entertainment by performers from La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, a chance to construct an 8-foot tall LEGO Hulk figure, domino games at Fuego by Sosa Cigars, live music at various venues, such as House of Blues and Bongos Cuban Café, and more.
Festival of the Masters takes place from 10am-5:30pm Friday and Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday. Admission is free, as is parking.