We took a field trip out of the office today! Every year in late April, the Oklahoma City Arts Council puts on the Festival of the Arts in downtown Oklahoma City. It’s a great way to kick off the warm months of year, with lots of activities for all ages and spectacular food. Follow along as I go to my very first Festival of the Arts!
I’m not originally from this area, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the Festival. I was blown away- it exceeded every expectation I had. Our first stop on our trip was to visit all the “food, glorious food!” There’s tons of terrific options, from Strawberries Newport to Fried Peaches to the classic Indian Taco. One of the most fantastic aspects of the food at the Festival is the partnerships; each of the food vendors partners with a local arts organization, and the arts organization receives a portion of the profits. Lyric’s specialty is the Indian Taco- they smelled delicious!
We also have a fantastic team of volunteers who help us make and sell the tacos. We took a picture of Donna- an Associate Board member- along with Carol Charper. Thank you ladies so much for your hard work!
There are also an astounding amount of visual and applied arts vendors. We saw some spectacular clocks, like the ones below:
And jewelry (I really wanted those turquoise earrings!):
I even spotted some pretty unique wicker sculptures, including a rabbit driving a car!
There’s lots of activities for kids at the Festival. Of course, I had to try my hand at making a headband.
Unfortunately, I don’t think my destiny is to become a headwear designer.
There was even a giant fountain, which was constructed as a part of the renovations on the Myriad Gardens. The kids looked like they were having buckets of fun, and with the heat, it was very tempting to run through them myself!
I thought it was a great idea to get my face painted. Mary was my artist, and she did a great job.
Of course, I had to go with the Lyric logo.
Unfortunately, a girl has to get back to work at some point. But my first experience was a terrific one, and I really enjoyed myself. There is literally something for everyone- with all those tents, how can there not be? Maybe I’ll see you there this weekend. If you do, come say hi to me at the Indian Taco Booth!