Every year, the Druid City Arts Festival grows, with 2018 promising to be an exciting event filled with plenty of art of all varieties plus fun for the whole family. This year’s festival will feature more entertainment and artists than ever before, along with a special exhibition by a celebrated artist.
Attending the Festival
As always, the Druid City Arts Festival is completely free to attend. It will be at the Government Plaza in Tuscaloosa, making it very easy to find to anyone familiar with the area and providing plenty of space. This year’s festival will be on Saturday, April 7, starting at 10 a.m. and running until 5 p.m.
What Kind of Art to Expect
No matter the type of art you are interested in, you will be able to find it at the Druid City Arts Festival. The largest number of artists represent two-dimensional art, but you will also find plenty of booths dedicated to clay art, fiber art, glass, and a lot of jewelry of varying styles and materials. There will also be metal art, sculptures, wood, literature, photography, and numerous mixed media pieces.
Bring an Appetite
There will be several food booths at the event, as well, including options for an actual meal and snacks or just a drink. So, while you don’t need to bring your appetite, you shouldn’t worry if you don’t get a chance to eat a full meal before visiting the arts festival.
The Festival Goal
This will be the ninth annual incarnation of the Druid City Arts Festival, hosted by Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports. The organization hopes to strengthen Tuscaloosa’s reputation as a destination for the arts circuit and ensure the Druid City Arts Festival is a quality festival celebrating music and arts. At the same time, members hope to engage, inspire, and educate adults and youth about the humanities and arts in the community.
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Some Festival History
To get a feel for the Druid City Arts Festival, get to know its history. It began with freshmen students from the Creative Campus at the University of Alabama with the vision of creating a festival to promote appreciation of arts, community, and culture in Tuscaloosa. They planned the first festival in 2010. In 2013, they partnered with Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports to make this event long-standing. Then in 2014, Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports became the official event owner, and it has expanded the festival. In 2017 alone, there were 85 artists and more than 15,000 attendees.
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