october, 2021

30oct(oct 30)8:00 am31(oct 31)7:00 pmFestival of the Arts

Event Details

Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Festival of the Arts will return to Destin for its 26th year this fall. 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, plus 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.” To learn more, visit MKAF.org/arts-festival.

Explore a diverse palette of artistic styles and spend time meeting the artists, discovering their inspiration, and adding to your own collection. Enjoy live entertainment both days included in your admission fee. Local food trucks and restaurants will be serving your favorite cuisine.  MKAF will be selling beer and wine. To learn more about what to expect, visit our recent blog on highlighting what’s the same and what new for the 2020 Festival of the Arts.

Festival of the Arts

About Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

Established in 1995, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable arts organization, was founded on the cultural, educational and spiritual beliefs of Destin matriarch Mattie Kelly. A native Floridian, Mattie studied at Rollins College before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Florida State University. Her commitment to learning led her to additional studies at Columbia University’s AB College of Arts and Science, Harvard Summer School, and Okaloosa-Walton Junior College (now Northwest Florida State College).

In 1935, she and her husband, Coleman Lee Kelly, moved to Destin with their five children. As one of the town’s founding families, they purchased acres of pristine forest along Choctawhatchee Bay and what is now Destin Harbor. Though they began as turpentine farmers, Mattie and Coleman soon established themselves as prominent local business owners and philanthropists, and are widely credited with pioneering Destin’s tourism and fishing industries.

Mattie Kelly was a lifelong patron of the arts, supporting arts organizations through her participation and financial gifts. She shared her own artistic expression by writing a book of poems, playing piano and organ, and composing music regularly. Today, MKAF remains firmly committed to Mattie Kelly’s vision of making the cultural arts available to all in Northwest Florida.


30 (Saturday) 8:00 am - 31 (Sunday) 7:00 pm


The Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village

4323 Commons Drive West


Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation850-650-2226 4323 Commons Dr W Destin, FL 32541