- Josh Vaughn
- The Paseo Arts Festival, typically slated for the Memorial Day weekend, goes ahead during Labor Day weekend this year.
After a year’s break and a rescheduling from its regular Memorial Day weekend slot, the Paseo Arts Festival will happen Labor Day Weekend.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 4 and 5 with live music until 10 p.m. both days, and Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
All of the festival’s entertainment will occur outdoors, with adherence to CDC guidelines.
Nearly 100 visual artists will be rep- resented in the 44th iteration of the festival, showcasing paintings, ceramics, photography, sculpture, woodworking, jewelry and glass work.
Also, more than 50 musicians and live performers such as belly dancers will be doing their thing on two stages, and the food court will feature 20 food and drink vendors with “traditional and not-so-traditional festival treats, both savory and sweet. Think gyros, Asian food, monster wraps, grilled sirloin on a stick and tacos,” according to a news release. Craft beers will also be available, along with Budweiser beverages, at the festival.
This year’s festival will also be much more spaced out than previous events, Paseo Arts Association Executive Director Amanda Bleakley said.
“There’s normally a festival that sets up around the Paseo Grill and goes into the south parking lot. They’re not setting up, so we’re gonna have a lot more space,” Bleakley said.
“I’m going to spread people out. Our food vendors are going to be spread out and we’re suggesting to our artists that they wear their masks. In our building, we’re re- quiring masks of all the volunteers that come and go and then people who come in who want to go shopping. We have all the different stores and galleries down there and they’re all private businesses so they can mandate what they want.”
Hand sanitizer will also be available at various places around the festival and there will be some disposable masks available for attendees.
This year’s feature festival art was illustrated by Jerry Bennett and will be available as small and large poster prints. Bennett is a renowned artist known for his work for all your favorite nerdy brands like Marvel and Lucasfilm, but perhaps his most prestigious work has been illustrating Chicken-Fried News and multiple covers for Oklahoma Gazette.
The festival is the largest annual fundraiser for the Paseo Arts Association. Beverage and merchandise sales directly support the non- profit and go toward funding other annual events such as Fairy Ball, Magic Lantern, SPACE, FEAST and First Friday Gallery Walks.
For more information about Paseo Arts Festival, visit thepaseo.org