3 Reasons to Attend the Annual Festival of Art

Orange Beach’s biggest art event offers something for everyone.

Dive deep into coastal culture with a visit to the annual Festival of Art. This year marks the 45th 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 2019 festival will be held March 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, at Orange Beach Waterfront Park.

Kids Art Alley at Orange Beach Festival of Art

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 of Art, don’t miss these three attractions:

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. In the past, places like Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and Gulf State Park Nature Center have offered animals on display in the Kid’s Art Alley. Check the site regularly for times and offerings closer to the event date.

Music & Songwriter’s Stage. Seven artists will entertain crowds at the Music & Songwriter’s Stage including Lisa Zanghi, Roman Street, Three Bean Soup, Strictly Isbell, Island Youth Band, Poarch Ninjas and All Star Band. Also, the Performing Arts Stage will feature fun entertainment from ballet to karate!

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.

sculpture demo at Festival of Art Orange Beach AL

Admission to the Festival of Art is free; however, no parking is available onsite. Public parking is available nearby at the Orange Beach Sportsplex off Canal Road, two miles west of the festival grounds. Shuttles will provide transportation to and from the festival for $5 per person. A Bike Village will be available for those who want to bike to the festival.

Consider planning a trip to Orange Beach during the Festival of Art and support this exciting event! It’s another great reason to visit during shoulder season when rates are even lower on Gulf Shores and Orange Beach condos, beach houses and hotels.

The Hot Shop in Orange Beach

More Ways to Experience Beach Art

Treat yourself to a lesson in glass blowing or pottery making at The Hot Shop and The Clay Studio at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. Take home your own, unique souvenir. Plan to take your lesson at the start of your trip so your artwork will be ready before you depart. If you can’t plan it at the beginning, the art center staff will ship your piece to you.


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