The Edmond Sun

August 27, 2013

Celebrate Arts Festival Oklahoma set for OCCC


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Celebrating 35 years of art, entertainment and festival cuisine, Arts Festival Oklahoma at Oklahoma City Community College is set for Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2.

Since 1978, AFO has attracted thousands to the college campus. In the most recent years, an estimated 25,000 festival patrons have enjoyed the visual art beneath the tents, performing artists on the stage and an abundance of food choices from concession row.

Also a popular spot on the AFO grounds, the children’s tent overflows with glitter and glue, ribbon and yarn, paint and brushes — ready for the youngest AFO artist to create their very own masterpiece.

The annual festival is located on the north end of the OCCC campus, S.W. 74th and May Ave. Admission to the festival is free; on-site parking is $5 per vehicle.

Visual artists from all over the country will offer a diverse collection of work for festival guests including drawings, fine crafts, glass art, jewelry, mixed media, oil/acrylic, watercolor, pastels, photography, pottery, sculpture and wood art. More than 120 art booths will cover the OCCC grounds this year. To see a list of artists attending the 2013 festival, click here: http://www.occc.edu/afo/artist.html.

AFO on-stage entertainment will be provided by performing groups from around the city and state. Music to please all patrons will include classical, country, Latin, pop and more.

Feature Entertainment will include the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and fireworks.

Come early and secure a seat on the lawn, at 8 p.m. Sept. 1, to hear the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Performing at AFO almost every year, the Philharmonic will present classics, orchestral pops and discovery family concerts, as well as a variety of community engagements.

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic was founded in 1988 under the musical direction of Joel Levine who still leads the orchestra today. The Philharmonic performs from September through May with a series of eight classical concerts and six pairs of pop concerts throughout each season. To learn more about the city’s highly acclaimed orchestra, visit their website at www.okcphilharmonic.org.

Keep your seat after the Philharmonic performs and enjoy the fireworks display as AFO lights up the night sky as soon as the sun sets on Sept. 1.

 The AFO concession row will feature mouth-watering fair classics as well as fruit smoothies, shaved ice, roasted corn on the cob, pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches.

A festival is not complete without traditional foot-long corn dogs dripping in mustard, funnel cakes sprinkled with powdered sugar and your favorite flavor of ice cream.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. OCCC is at S.W. 74th and May Ave.

For more information, call 682-7576 or visit the Arts Festival Oklahoma web site at www.occc.edu/afo.