26th Annual MKAF Destin Festival of the Arts Oct 30-31

October 28, 2021 by SoWal Staff

Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Destin Festival of the Arts is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. The 26th annual event is set for October 30th-31st, 2021 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin and is free for attendees.

"The festival is a celebration of the wonder of arts and culture. We will feature new surprises this year including free entrance to all festival-goers! I encourage everyone to stop by to enjoy beautiful art, live music, and great food!" - Deb Nissley, MKAF Director of Operations & Festival Producer

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, souvenir posters and t-shirts, and more. 

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

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

MKAF 26th Annual Destin Festival of the Arts
Saturday, October 30th | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 31st | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
To visit the Facebook event, click here.

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
4323 Commons Drive W, Destin, Florida
Phone: (850) 650-2226

About Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

Celebrating 26 years, The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is a non-profit arts organization comprised of members, volunteers, and community partners building the foundation of arts and culture in the community. Since its inception in 1995, MKAF has inspired more than 337,800 children in over 75 schools and partner agencies. Through its community education initiatives ArtsReach, programming serves K-12 students, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, and the military population with visible and invisible injuries. As a presenting organization, MKAF has showcased its Concerts in the Village each season where the Southeast United States’ most vibrant performing artists and bands perform to more than 15,000 patrons annually. More than 100 artists convene each year for the Destin Festival of the Arts, which is one of the preeminent arts festivals along the gulf coast. MKAF has partnered with multiple regional non-profits and the school districts in the communities that it serves to ensure access to the arts for all.

For more information on MKAF events, community outreach programs, volunteering, or investing in the arts, visit online at or call (850) 650-2226 to get involved.


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