May 02, 2019
Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street returns for its 39th year May 4-5. The festival has grown and evolved over time, so you can always expect to see something new. Here’s an A-to-Z rundown on what to expect in 2019.
Art, and lots of it. You can buy it, watch it being made, listen to it being performed and, in the Andy B’s Kids Area, children will be able to make some of their own! Artsfest is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Springfield Regional Arts council, so your attendance is helping spread art across the area.
Belgium is the current home to mixed media artist Kenyatta Ray. His booth, Saltofdearth, is 99.
More than 10 of our artists work with clay, including southwest Missourians like Corvus Moon Pottery (booth 41), J. Rae Pottery (108) and KDurden Art (19). And don’t miss the Springfield Pottery Claymobile.
Dan Bi is the other international artist you can find at Artsfest. The Canadian mixed media artist will be in booth 145, Dan Bi Fine Paper Cutting.
Eat! There will be plenty of local food to enjoy this weekend, including several local offerings with global tastes: Chef Nelly’s Peruvian and South American Catering, Greek Belly, Holy Cow, Jamaican Patty Co., London Calling and Not’cho Ordinary Taco.
Free! There’s no charge for kids ages 12 and under. That makes Artsfest an affordable family outing. Tickets for grownups are just $5. That’s a fair price.
It’s great to buy art for yourself, but you can also buy plenty of Gifts during Artsfest. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, after all. You can also surprise someone special with some jewelry, a mug or countless other handmade works of art.
Hydration is key to enjoying your Artsfest experience. Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company will be selling soft drinks and bottled water. Adults 21 and over can enjoy beer as well, from Heart of America.
Need to cool down? There will be plenty of Icy treats available, including Jack’s Ice Cream, Kona Ice and Pineapple Whip.
Artists had to be juried into the show. They’ll also be judged while they’re here. Artsfest will be handing out around $5,000 in prize money, including awards for Best In Show, Live Art, Best of 3D, Best of 2D and an Award of Excellence in Ceramics.
Kids can be artists at the Andy B’s Kids Area, near the west entrance. The Springfield Regional Arts Council is providing hands-on activities like simple macrame plant hangers and a button maker. There will also be big interactives, including a mural panel
Live art has become a crowd favorite at the festival. Check it out near the intersection of John Q. Hammons Parkway and Walnut. Several local artists will be creating original works of art. Don’t be afraid to say hello!
Merchandise will be available for purchase at the festival headquarters. We’ll have T-shirts, tote bags and enamel pins to help you celebrate Artsfest the rest of the year.
Non-profit booths are a big part of the Artsfest experience. Check them out on the west side of the festival grounds and see what fun activities they have planned.
Ozark Dance Academy is just one of 15 groups that will be performing on the DeLong Dance Stage. Expect a variety, including ballet, banghra and a performance of “Thriller.”
Have you heard about the Patron Experience? It’s the VIP way to experience Artsfest.
Near the intersection of John Q. Hammons Parkway and Walnut Street you’ll find our west gate. You can pay for your tickets by credit card there. You’ll also find food trucks nearby.
Rain won’t be a factor this year (knock on wood), but keep in mind Artsfest is a rain or shine event. Grab your umbrella on your way out the door. You can use it to ward off rain or sunshine.
There are stages across the festival grounds, including a new one for spoken word performances inside Pagination Bookshop (1150 East Walnut). There’s also the Positronic Show Wagon Stage, the DeLong Plumbing Dance Stage, the 417 Magazine Center Stage and the University Plaza West Stage.
Toilet facilities for the festival will be port-a-potties. They’re located near the 417 Magazine Center Stage and near the intersection of Florence and Walnut. Of course, if you’re a Patron you get access to air-conditioned restrooms…just FYI.
Ukeladies will help kickoff Artsfest at 10 a.m. Saturday on the 417 Magazine Center Stage. There’s going to be music of all kinds adding to the festival atmosphere.
Volunteers make Artsfest work! The Downtown Springfield Association and Springfield Regional Arts Council are thankful for the small army of volunteers that sell tickets and soft drinks, assist the artists and so much more during Artsfest.
Walls are a great place to enjoy Artsfest year-round. Be sure to share photos of your newly acquired works of art on social media with the hashtag #ArtsfestOnYourWall.
Sompit Xia upcycles aluminum cans into works of airplane art. Check out Can Do Planes at booth 139.
The Youth Group at Christ Episcopal Church will be working the parking lot at the intersection of Walnut and Kimbrough. For a small donation, you can park just a block away from Artsfest. There’s lots of free parking nearby, but you’ll have to walk a little bit. It is an outdoor festival, after all.
Three artists have a last name that starts with Z, putting them at the end of the list alphabetically. But don’t miss their booths! Check out Bart Ziegler’s jewelry at Ziegler Designs LLC (booth 32), Ivey Zoellers’ paintings (122) and Christina Zucchini’s woodworking at Rare Earth (61).