EDMOND — The 33rd annual Downtown Edmond Arts Festival begins at 10 a.m. Friday and runs through the weekend.
Thirty of the 120 artists are new to the festival this year, said Bryanne Wallace, arts festival co-
“We don't have any more artists this year, but the new artists will give us a new look,” Wallace said. “We always strive to be bigger and better each year.”
Becky Crow also is a co-
Don Henderson, of Richardson, Texas, is returning to the festival — this time as the 2012 celebrity artist.
Henderson, who is self-taught, offers atrium art, high-quality prints on canvas or matted prints on paper, inspired by his many travels throughout the world.
The Oklahoma City band Zero2Sixty will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday on the plaza. The concert is free.
Edmond school choruses, jazz ensembles, Edgar Cruz, the Metro Fiddle Club and Erica James will provide music throughout the weekend.
At least 20 food and Oklahoma wine booths will be available.
Chalk the Walk is back for the second year. The event, presented by Pride Mixed Martial Arts, will be in the parking lot on Broadway, just north of Simply Southwest Fun, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. It is for the entire family. Prizes will be offered to the best artwork.
The children's area will be larger than in past years. There will be crafts, face painting, pony rides, a giant slide, a moon walk and a rock wall for climbing.
“We also have some surprises planned,” Wallace said.
The arts festival charity this year is Parents Helping Parents, a nonprofit organization that reaches out to parents who think their children may be using alcohol and drugs.
Donations will be accepted for chances to win a basket filled with items valued at more than $1,000.
Downtown streets will be closed at 8 a.m. Thursday and reopen at 8 p.m. Sunday. The Citylink bus transfer station has been moved from Festival Market Place to Fifth Street and Littler Avenue during the festival.
“We are looking for a big weekend,” Wallace said. “We are ready and