ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival on the Boulevard May 7-8

May 2, 2016 by SoWal Staff

The twenty-eighth year of ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival takes place throughout Grand Boulevard's town center May 7 & 8. The arts festival exhibits the work of over 200 fine artists from around the country. Celebrating the arts is a Mother's Day weekend tradition in South Walton, Florida. 

ArtsQuest caters to SoWal local and visitors of all ages and interests, offering heritage art demonstrations, a CAA member artist exhibit, a Walton County student exhibit, live music on several stages, and ImagiNation: where kids rule, an area dedicated to crafts and play.

Live music and entertainment on three stages will include performances by The DownBeat Jazz Orchestra, Caravan, The Dharma Beats, The Steenos, Chris Alvarado, Schatzi & The String Boffin, Kyle LaMonica, Sterling Tyler, Kyle Paxton, Emerald Coast Theatre Company, The New Orleans Ramblers, Dismal Creek, Ohana Records and the Seaside School band. 

A full cash bar will be available throughout the weekend in Grand Park. On Saturday night, ArtsQuest will partner with Cantina Laredo to present a special Cinco de Mayo celebration in Grand Park featuring live music by the Modern Eldorados, food, beer and margaritas. 

Presented by Grand Boulevard, ArtsQuest is open to the public and a $5 admission donation is requested. See the website at for more information. 

Arts Festival Hours 
Saturday, May 7 | 10am-7pm arts festival
Saturday, May 7 | 7-9pm Cinco de Mayo party in Grand Park
Sunday, May 10 |  10am-5pm arts festival

Food & Beverages
The ArtsQuest Food Tent will be open and full cash bar, sodas and bottled water will be available in Grand Park throughout the weekend. Grand Boulevard restaurants are conveniently located around Town Center. 

ArtsQuest 2016 featured festival artist is Matt Lyons. Lyons’ custom artwork titled “Ignorance is bliss…until it’s not” will be the featured image on all ArtsQuest marketing materials for the festival, including posters and merchandise. 

Volunteers are needed throughout the weekend to work on all aspects of the festival. Those willing to help can sign up at or email
The festival kicks off Art Week South Walton, a collaboration of visual, performing and literary arts events presented in diverse formats and venues throughout South Walton in May. To learn more about the events included in Art Week South Walton visit

 ArtsQuest began as a small community gathering in Grayton Beach in 1989 and now features more than 200 exhibiting national, regional and local artists, art workshops, live art demonstrations, music, food, wine, ImagiNation (where kids rule) and more.

Grand Boulevard is the shop, dine, play and stay Town Center located in the heart of South Walton along Northwest Florida’s Beaches. Grand Boulevard offers a dynamic lifestyle experience with convenient access to outstanding shopping and dining options as well as entertainment and lodging. Watch for some of the best South Walton events taking place here throughout the year. Check out the newest shops including Anthropologie, Lillie Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines located near Carmike Cinemas Boulevard 10. 


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