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Annual Arts Festival Oklahoma to Highlight State History, Art and Music

36th annual event set for Labor Day weekend at OCCC

    (Published: 08-20-14)

Arts Festival Oklahoma at OCCC

Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) is celebrating the 36th annual Arts Festival Oklahoma (AFO) with visual art, performing artists on stage, and food choices from concession row. New this year, Oklahoma state history will be celebrated with the premiere of the 1955 classic film, Oklahoma! Re-mastered and in high definition, free matinees will be shown at 1 p.m. each day of the festival in OCCC's new Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater, next to the festival grounds.

The annual festival will be held Sat., Aug. 30 through Mon., Sept. 1, and is located on the north end of the OCCC campus, S.W. 74th and May Ave. On-site parking is $5 per vehicle.

Celebrate Oklahoma! More Than Just a Movie
"Celebrate Oklahoma! More Than Just a Movie" at OCCC during AFO will mark the state premiere of the 1955 film Oklahoma! Restored by 20th Century Fox, the film was first screened in April 2014 at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood. Local organizers are also planning a 2015 tour of additional screenings across the state. Free matinees will show daily at 1 p.m. in OCCC's new Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater, adjacent to the AFO grounds.

"Celebrate Oklahoma!, More than Just a Movie" will also feature an exhibit about the musical's history in the theater's adjoining Sarkeys Foundation Atrium. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Oklahoma History Center and the OCCC department of Cultural Programs.

Guests are also invited to "Crescendo" a fundraising event for Arts Festival Oklahoma on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 and include festival parking, special reserved seating for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic performance, a Friends-of-the-Festival membership, a selection of food from Oklahoma City's finest restaurants including Deep Fork Grill, Rococo and Mickey Mantle's among others, and a selection of wines and beers. Tickets can be purchased online at

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. Nearly 130 art booths will cover the OCCC grounds this year.

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

AFO Entertainment
Guests will be treated to musical acts on two different stages all weekend long provided by performing groups from around the city and state. Music to please all patrons will include classical, country, Latin, pop and more. Headlining acts include Equilibrium on Saturday night and the OKC Philharmonic on Sunday night.

Equilibrium fuses urban sounds and backgrounds to create the vibe that has mapped their musical landscape for years. Equilibrium has sharpened their musical consciousness in the discipline of Jazz, and the band uses the sensual sounds of a seashell to compel their listeners. Equilibrium is filled with diverse influences and talents but says they stay true to their soul/rock roots. Find more information at

A popular festival draw on Sunday evening, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic has packed the lawn in front of the orchestra stage each year. The Philharmonic will present classics, orchestral pops, discovery family concerts and more just as the sun goes down on day two.

Keep your seat after the Philharmonic performs and enjoy the fireworks display after the sun sets on Sunday, Aug 31.

The Food
Come hungry because AFO boasts mouthwatering food concessions including funnel cakes, foot-long corn dogs and giant turkey legs. This year, the festival will have these alongside the following delicious festival favorites: chocolate dipped cheesecake-on-a-stick, BBQ pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, Indian tacos, cinnamon roasted almonds, pecans and cashews, kettle corn and tradition popcorn, fried Twinkie-on-a-stick, fruit smoothies and shaved ice, soft-serve ice cream, fried banana pudding, chicken-on-a-stick, fajitas, quesadillas and nachos, BBQ and chicken gyros sandwiches and more.

AFO History
First launched in 1978, AFO's main purpose is to provide the citizens of Oklahoma with a cultural experience focusing on Oklahoma's fine artists and craft persons as well as Oklahoma performing artists. The annual festival is made possible by the strong community support of OCCC including the Ad Astra Foundation and the Oklahoma Arts Council. OCCC appreciates supports from additional sponsors listed here:

With the support of more than 500 volunteers, the Labor Day weekend festival makes a strong contribution to the quality of life and economic development of this region.

Festival hours are Sat., Aug. 30 and Sun., Aug.3 1 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Mon., Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. OCCC is located at S.W. 74th and May Ave. For more information, call (405) 682-7576 or visit the Arts Festival Oklahoma web site at