Art lovers, local music devotees, foodies, families with children, pets with people and even football fanatics are invited to celebrate one of Oklahoma City's hottest hot spots at Saturday's Plaza District Festival.
With the now-bustling area growing in popularity and population, the annual street festival is adding more attractions, bands and community partners.
“It's great because now we have so many people who want to be involved with the district on the volunteer level,” said festival co-chairwoman Bailey Gordon. “It's not just people who enjoy coming and hanging out here but also people who really want to see it grow. That was really exciting for us to be able to recruit so many people who really are excited about what's going on here to help us out. We're just trying to mix it up this year and do some different things.”
As usual, the free Plaza District Festival will exclusively showcase Oklahoma artists, performers and food trucks, along with myriad businesses, galleries and restaurants in the 1700 block of NW 16, just west of Classen. Taste of Soul Chicken and Waffles, Roxy's Ice Cream Social and Heo's Kitchen are among the many local food trucks expected at the event.
The festival, set for noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, is a fundraiser for the Plaza District Association, with beer and T-shirt sales benefiting the nonprofit.
More than 40 tents will line NW 16, which will be closed during the event, to exhibit the wares of established, emerging and student artists.
“It's everything: jewelry, photography, painting, handmade crafts, pottery,” said Kristen Vails, Plaza District Association executive director. “It's a pretty diverse group.”
The festival also will have two stages featuring a wide array of performing artists, including district favorites like Lyric Theatre, Everything Goes Dance Studio and the Classen School of Advanced Studies marching band.
Stillwater experimental rockers Colourmusic will headline the event, and other main stage performers include Tallows, Defining Times and Jabee. Singer-songwriters Chris Neal, Allie Lauren and Kaitlin Butts will be among the acoustic stage acts. In addition, festivalgoers of all ages can make their own wild music at the festival's third annual Bigfoot Calling Contest.