3 Reasons to Attend the Annual Festival of Art

Orange Beach

tee shirt from Festival of Art Orange Beach AL

Dive deep into coastal culture with a visit to the annual Festival of Art. This year marks the 43rd year the festival has been held in Orange Beach to celebrate the arts, including visual and fine arts, crafts, glass art, pottery, painting, sculpting, textile art, wood art and more. The 2017 festival will be held March 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, at Orange Beach Waterfront Park.

You’ll find a smorgasbord of talent and creativity as artists give live demonstrations and display their works. More than 100 artisans working in a variety of mediums will be on hand for the festival. Performing artists will entertain festival goers throughout the two-day event on the banks of Orange Beach’s Wolf Bay.

While at the festival, don’t miss these three attractions:

sculpture demo at Festival of Art Orange Beach AL
  • Kid’s Art Alley. Bring your budding artists for hands-on art stations, including clay and sand art, tempera jellyfish art and fish print T-shirts. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo will have animals onsite in the art alley on Saturday and Sunday around noon, and the Gulf State Park Nature Center will offer animal displays on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets for children’s art activities are $5 for six tickets or $1 per ticket.
  • Music & Songwriter’s Stage. Seven artists will entertain crowds at the Music & Songwriter’s Stage. Musicians include The Voice’s Shelby Brown, as well as Lisa Zanghi, Roman Street, Cornbread, Coconut Radio, Three Bean Soup and Strickly Isbell.
  • Live Demonstrations. Stop by The Hot Shop and The Clay Studio for live glass-blowing and pottery demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll gain a new appreciation for these unique art forms.

Admission to the Festival of Art is free; however, no parking is available onsite. Public parking is available nearby at The Wharf and shuttles will provide transportation to and from the festival. An all-day shuttle pass is $5 per person. A Bike Village will be available for those who want to bike to the festival.