MKAF presents 24th Annual Festival of the Arts in Destin

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will host the event October 26 and 27
Photo courtesy of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Festival of the Arts is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year.

The 24th annual event is set for Oct. 26–27 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin.

This year will feature interesting artists, including a special edition with the George Rodrigue Life & Legacy Tour featuring Wendy Rodrigue and a “Blue Dog” Pop-Up Art Exhibit.

General admission is $5 per person and helps fund the Foundation’s annual cultural outreach activities and programs. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

All MKAF members receive admission as a complimentary benefit of their annual investment to bring art enrichment to all people of all abilities in the community. Festivities on Oct. 26 run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 27 events will be from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

A celebration of art, music, food and family fun, the Festival also will include a live music lineup, hands-on arts and craft activities for children, souvenir posters and T-shirts, art raffles and more.

A diverse menu will be served by local restaurants and food trucks alongside a wine and beer garden. Convenient on-site parking and free shuttle service will also be available.

During the festival, more than 100 premier artists from across the United States and Europe 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 27 award categories, including the coveted “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice Award,” which is selected by festival fans.

The festival will also feature a collaborative art exhibit, which will showcase select artwork from more than 60 community adult and student artists.

To make a tax-deductible donation or provide corporate sponsorships or learn more about the Festival of the Arts, visit or call (850) 650-2226.

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