25th Annual Festival of the Arts Oct 24-25

October 13, 2020 by SoWal Staff

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 25th annual Festival of the Arts October 24th and 25th, 2020 at the Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida.

Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the Festival of the Arts is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. 
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; 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” which is selected by festival fans.

The Festival also features a Collaborative Art Exhibit, which showcases select artwork of more than 60 community adult and student artists.

A celebration of art, music, food, and family fun, special features of the Festival include a live music lineup, arts, and three children's book author's, souvenir posters and t-shirts, and more.

General admission of $5 per person helps to fund the Foundation’s annual cultural outreach activities and programs. Children 12 and under are admitted free. All MKAF members receive admission as a complimentary benefit of their annual investment to bring art enrichment to the community for all people of all abilities.

With the safety and well-being of guests, artists, and staff as a top priority, MKAF asks that attendees adhere to the following social distancing measures.

  • Maintain 6ft distance between your group and other attendees
  • If inline for food, stay 6ft behind the next person inline
  • Wash your hands frequently; you may also want to bring hand sanitizer
  • The playground is closed for now
  • Wear a mask if you so choose
  • Tickets are $5, cash and credit accepted
  • You may be required to wear a face-covering to enter an artist tent

Volunteers are still needed. To sign up to volunteer at this year's Festival of the Arts, please visit the signup page.

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.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is a non-profit member and volunteer organization that has inspired over 320,000 children in over 70 schools, and United Way agencies including children with special needs and wounded warriors. For more information on MKAF events, community outreach program, volunteering, or investing in the arts, visit online at or call (850) 650-2226 to get involved.


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