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Paseo Arts Festival returns May 23, 24 and 25

The City Sentinel is a proud sponsor the annual Paseo Arts Festival.  Photo provided.
The City Sentinel is a proud sponsor the annual Paseo Arts Festival. Photo provided.

Staff Report

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Paseo Arts District’s 39th annual Paseo Arts Festival will take place May 23, 24 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and May 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More than 80 visual artists will fill the Historic Paseo Arts District, selling original artwork in a wide variety of media, from painting and photography to sculpture and jewelry.

The Festival also host dozens of musicians and live performers on three stages. The food court will feature 12 food vendors, bringing traditional and not-so-traditional festival treats, both savory and sweet. A children’s area allows future artists to explore the arts and have fun while creating.

This year we will also feature a beer garden with Mustang Brewery featuring the Strawberry Wheat Ale and Tractor Therapy IPA.

This year’s festival organizers will provide a shuttle bus that will run every 15 minutes to the parking lot at First Christian Church at NW 36th & Walker. The hours are May 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and May 25 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Each year, the Paseo Arts Festival draws more than 60,000 people who come to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of this event. As the Paseo Arts Association’s largest annual fundraiser, the Festival helps to support arts events in the Paseo year-round. Paseo, Oklahoma City’s historic arts district is known as “OKC’s unique arts destination.”

In addition to the amazing range of artists in all media, an array of musicians and bands – some pereniel favorites, others first-timers – will perform at the Festival.

On the South Stage near Sauced, Saturday (May 23) will feature the U.S. Grant High School Honor Guitar Ensemble, 100 Bones Trio, Alan Orebaught’s Stupid Guitar Tribks, The Paseo Street Walkers, Janruba and the Jah Mysstics, Nebulae, Em and the Mother Superiors, Costello and DJ Kharma.

Sunday (May 24) will bring to the stage Sam Kahre, RH Ballard, Howard Brady Band, Audra & the Whipporwills, Edgar Cruz, Grizzly Mojo, The Dirty Little Betty’s, Helen Kelter Skelter and Bungalouski.

Then, on Monday (May 25) the “southerners” will include Wes McMichael & the Ravens, The Mills band, Southbound Mule, The Groove Offensive, The Unlikely Blues Band and Camile Harp.

As for the North Stage, near Picasso’s, performers on Saturday will include Southern Rift, Stone Jam, Jaeson Pemterton, Stephen Salewon, Annie Oakley, North Meets South, Chase Kerby, The Hey Diddles String Band and Jack Fowler.

Then on Sunday music will come from Ashley Getz, Chris Lashley, Will Gardner, Audra Elizabeth, Sammy Butler, 13 Seeds and Opaque Radio.

Closing out the “northern” music on Monday will be Tess Rabon, Grant Adams, Flower of Edinborough and Melanie Tucker.

Sponsors include Anheuser Busch, the Chickasaw Nation, Denton’s Picture Framing & Supplies, Foraker Company, OKC Party Bus, The Oklahoma Gazette, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Ozara Waler, Walker Companies, BancFirst, MidFirst Bank, OGE, and CRS Oklahoma.

The City Sentinel is also a proud sponsor the annual Paseo Arts Festival.

The Paseo Arts District is located between Northwest 30th and 27th Streets and Walker and Hudson.

Dozens of galleries, three restaurants and a handful of shops stand in distinctive Spanish Mission Revival style buildings, all within walking distance.

More information is available from the Paseo Arts Association, telephone (405) 525-2688, email at [email protected] , or visit

NOTE: Publisher Patrick B. McGuigan contributed to this report.

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