ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival slated for May 8-10 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s Town Center

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
South Walton’s Artist of the Year Francisco Adaro will play a significant role in this year’s festival as he contributes to the new Public Art Exhibit.

ArtsQuest, a fine arts festival produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and presented by Visit South Walton and Grand Boulevard announces the complete entertainment schedule for the 27th annual festival — a Mother’s Day weekend tradition, scheduled for May 8-10, in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s Town Center. Festival hours are 12-7p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. The live music concerts will take place 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

This year, ArtsQuest is packed with nearly 200 exhibiting national and local artists, a public arts display featuring South Walton’s Artist of the Year Francisco Adaro, Justin Lyons and Sara Lierly and fresh innovative culinary offerings from Bridgespan 14, in addition to a complete cash bar.

New to the festival, the nightly concert will expand to two nights this year with a Friday, May 8 concert featuring Boukou Groove and a Saturday night concert, May 8 featuring the Sluetown Strutters. ArtsQuest will be styled in a French circus theme with traveling entertainment, jugglers, and stilt walkers, all inspired by featured Artist Amanda Bennett’s artwork.

The Grand Park Main Stage will feature continuous live musical performances for the entire family. 30A Dancewave, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company, The REP, 30A Ballet and the Ohana Institute will all perform in ArtsQuest’s “ImagiNation (where kids rule),” which also feature arts activities and a student art exhibit.

ArtsQuest will be the setting for the exhibition of the Full Plate Project, CAA’s joint fundraiser and community-wide art project and fundraiser with Food for Thought Outreach. Plates painted by children and adults in the community will be sold with proceeds funding arts in education and food for children in need.

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Friday, May 8:

           12:30 p.m.                       The Steenos                 

           2:30 p.m.                         Dismal Creek        

           5 p.m.                               Blue Ribbon Healers   

           7 p.m.                               Boukou Groove        

Saturday, May 9:

10:30 a.m.                    Courtyard Saints

1:30 p.m.                       Sinfonia Trio

3:30 p.m.                       New Orleans Ramblers (strolling)

3:30 p.m.                        Max McCann

5 p.m.                              The Steenos         

7 p.m.                              The Sluetown Strutters

Sunday, May 10:

10 a.m.                             Dismal Creek

12 p.m.                             Max McCann

1:30 p.m.                          New Orleans Ramblers (strolling)

 2 p.m.                              Chris Alvarado            

 4 p.m.                              Friends of Lola


Saturday, May 9       :

10 a.m.                                       Ohana Records

11 a.m.                                       Storytelling by The Rep

12 p.m.                                       Magic of Zakari (magic show)

  1 p.m.                                       30A Dancewave

 2 p.m.                                       Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s “Jungle Book” Review         

  3 p.m.                                     Magic of Zakari (magic show)

  4 p.m.                                     30A Ballet

  5 p.m.                                   Seaside Neighborhood School Band

Sunday, May 10     

11 a.m.                                       Storytelling by The Rep

12 p.m.                                       Magic of Zakari (magic show)

1 p.m.                                        Storytelling by The Rep

2 p.m.                                        30A Dancewave

3 p.m.                                        Magic of Zakari (magic show)

4 p.m.                                        30A Ballet