On Memorial Day Weekend 1977 a group of creative-minded people strung a banner across Paseo announcing the “Paseo Village Street Festival”.
A small group of artists proudly displayed their works on makeshift tables and easels and local musicians provided a festive atmosphere. In 1982 the Paseo Arts Association was formed to organize and further energize the Paseo as Oklahoma’s arts district. One of their main goals is to ensure the continuation and growth of a quality arts festival in a safe environment.
This Memorial Day weekend the Paseo Arts Festival will celebrate its 35th Anniversary. Today the Paseo Arts Festival is considered to be one of the premiere arts events in Oklahoma and beyond. It will be located between NW 30 and Dewey and NW 28 and Walker.
This year’s event will include 83 fine artist booths, two music stages, a children’s hands-on art tent, and of course the great festival food that everyone looks forward to.
Continuing with the tradition of being a “green” festival, the Paseo Arts Association partners with the Sierra Club with the goal of recycling over 75 percent of the waste. This is aluminum and plastic that will not go into our landfill.
The festival raises money for the Paseo Arts Association to fund its many community programs throughout the year, as well as bring art appreciation and culture to the state.
In October 2010 the American Planning Commission recognized the Paseo as one of the “Top 10 Greatest Neighborhoods” in the United States.
One of the contributing factors was the Paseo Arts District is nestled within a residential community, partners with local schools on art projects, and provides quality art programs to the community, with the festival being the largest.
May 28 & 29 10am-8pm with music until 11pm
May 30th 10am-6pm with music until 7pm