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Festival of the Arts

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What: Festival of the Arts
When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: MKAF Cultural Arts Village

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) presents its annual Festival of the Arts for an entire weekend of art, music, food and fun for everyone. The area's premiere fine arts festival takes place October 27 and 28 at the MKAF Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida.

Celebrating 23 years, the two-day signature event features art exhibits of more than 100 artists from across the US and Europe showcasing a diverse palette of artistic styles in different art mediums. Beyond the visual arts, the Festival will feature two days of continual live music, a sampling of the local culinary arts scene and a beer & wine garden. Entertaining street performers, lively art drawings and the sale of colorful keepsake souvenirs — all create a family-friendly festival feel.

Adult admission is $5, kids 12 and under are free. MKAF members are also free.
Saturday Oct 27: 9AM-5PM
Sunday Oct 28: 10AM-4PM

Free parking at Grace Lutheran Church or take the free art shuttle from Emerald Coast Centre (near Beall's Department Store)

Jones & Company - 9:30 AM
Roman Street - 12:00 PM
Jeff Glickman & the Panhandle All Stars - 2:30 PM

Then & Now - 10:00 AM
Drew Tillman - 11:30 AM
Mari Gleason - 2:00 PM

Festival fans can relax and dine alfresco with table seating while listening to the stellar music line up taking to the stage at the Dugas Pavilion.

790 On the Gulf
Gumbo and Cajun cuisine

The Big Red Truck
Street tacos, wedge salad, burgers and more

Jim N’ Nicks Bar-B-Que
Chicken, pulled pork, cheese biscuits and sides

Mas Wasabi
Sushi bowls, rolls and bites

Mark’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Funnel Cakes

Foodies can toast the arts with select wines from Vintage Distributors and craft beers from 3rd Planet Brewing and Destin Brewery. Bottled water and sodas will also be available for purchase.

Please, No Pets!
Unfortunately, the event venue is not pet friendly. Pets are often intimidated by crowds and can react unpredictably. For the comfort and safety of all of our patrons, people with pets will be asked to leave the event area, which is enforced through city ordinance. All registered service animals are welcome.

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Hurricane Relief to benefit Bay Arts Alliance
We encourage festival guests to donate new student art supplies at the festival entrance (non-toxic for safety standards)

MKAF Festival of the Arts Poster Art 2018
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) selected Estelle Grengs of Freeport, Florida, the 2018 Festival of the Arts poster contest winner Estelle Grengs, born and raised in New Hampshire, is a self-taught artist with a passion for fine art. Throughout her career she has molded a unique and whimsical folk art style that embraces both her experience growing up in New Hampshire as well as her adventures as an Air Force spouse. Her medium of choice is acrylic but she also enjoys the versatility mixed media art offers. Grengs gravitates toward the use of vivid colors and drew inspiration for her winning artwork titled, "Lobster", from the natural beauty found along the Emerald Coast. Grengs lives in Freeport, Florida with her husband Matthew, and their two dogs Hap Arnold and Lulu.

I love art; love it. In any shape or form, I truly enjoy it.
- Estelle Grengs, Poster Contest Winner, 2018 MKAF Festival of the Arts


Proceeds from MKAF cultural events help fund arts education community outreach programs serving K-12 students, adults and children with special needs and military and veteran populations suffering with PTSD and TBI. The event is free to children 12 and under and MKAF members. Sorry, no refunds are given for inclement weather.

For more information, visit call (850) 650-2226 and follow Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation on Facebook.             

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 the late Destin matriarch, Mattie Kelly. MKAF’s mission is Northwest Florida’s champion of cultural arts and arts education for all. Since it formed in 1995, its art programs have reached and inspired more than 300,000 children in over 61 schools, and United Way agencies, children and adults with special needs, and wounded warriors. 

The 2018 Festival of the Arts brings an arts-packed weekend filled with new and old traditions during the most beautiful time of year on the Emerald Coast of Florida. 


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