Orange Beach Art Festival

February 24, 2019 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) - While any day is a good day to go to the beach, the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach is offering a great excuse to visit Pleasure Island in March — the 45th annual Orange Beach Festival of Art is set for March 9-10.

The festival will feature 100 booths of local and regional fine art, plus exciting acts on the performing arts and music stages. Festival goers may also enjoy live visual arts demonstrations including hot glass and clay.  Savory gourmet offerings will be presented in the Culinary Arts area and children can dive into fun hands-on experiences in the Kids Art Alley.

The reputation of this show continues to grow with its selection by Sunshine Artist Magazine, a national arts and crafts industry publication, as one of the "Top Contender" events in the U.S. The Festival of Art was one of 11 in the nation selected as a "must-see event" in 2018. 

The festival is a fine arts, juried event held every second weekend in March on the joint grounds of the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach and Waterfront Park on Canal Road. Festival hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is completely free with public parking located at both the Wharf west lot and the Orange Beach City Hall complex. Shuttle service is provided by Baldwin Regional Area Transit System (BRATS) with an all-day pass for $5. Bike riders can park at the Bicycle Village on the Arts Center grounds.

The Patron of the Arts program, offered through the local Friends of the Arts (501c3) group, is now in its third  year and provides committed art-purchasing dollars that lets the participating fine artists know they have solid support from the community.  Bronze, Silver and Gold levels are available for purchase through March 1, 2019.