Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Festival of the Arts is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. The 25th annual event is set for Oct. 24-25, 2020, at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin.
During the Festival, artists from across the United States will offer up their original artwork in the form of oil, watercolor, acrylic, and glass paintings; photography, sculpture, pottery, wood, paper, fiber, mosaics, mixed media, jewelry designs, and more in order to compete for $10,000 in cash prizes in 29 award categories, including the coveted “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice Award” which is selected by festival fans. The Festival also features a Collaborative Art Exhibit, which showcases select artwork of more than 60 community adult and student artists.
A celebration of art, music, food, and family fun, special features of the Festival include a live music lineup, arts, and three children's book author's, souvenir posters and t-shirts, and more.
General admission of $5 per person helps to fund the Foundation’s annual cultural outreach activities and programs. Children 12 and under are admitted free. All MKAF members receive admission as a complimentary benefit of their annual investment to bring art enrichment to the community for all people of all abilities.
With the safety and well-being of guests, artists, and staff as a top priority, MKAF asks that festivalgoers adhere to the following social distancing measures.
• Maintain 6ft distance between your group and other attendees
• If inline for food, stay 6ft behind the next person inline
• Wash your hands frequently; you may also want to bring hand sanitizer
• The playground is closed for now
• Wear a mask if you so choose
• Tickets are $5, cash and credit accepted
• You may be required to wear a face-covering to enter an artist tent
Volunteers are still needed. To sign up to volunteer at this year's Festival of the Arts, please visit the signup page
To make a tax-deductible donation or provide corporate sponsorships or learn more about the Festival of the Arts, visit mkaf.org
or call (850) 650-2226.