36th Annual ArtsFest Returns to Walnut Street

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Artsfest on Walnut Street, a celebration of the visual and performing arts, returns this weekend.

Hours for the highly popular event are Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Walnut Street, from National Avenue to just east of Kimbrough Ave. Admission is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

This marks the 36th year for the event, which is sponsored by Great Southern Bank and the Springfield Regional Arts Council, and managed by the Downtown Springfield Association.

More than 140 artists from 21 states will be displaying, selling and competing for over $5,000 in cash awards. This year’s festival boasts 87 returning artists and 50 artists who have never participated in Artsfest before. Mediums featured include: wood, glass, clay, printmaking, paper, jewelry, photography, metal, painting, drawing, fiber, and mixed medium. Approximately 20,000 patrons attend the outdoor festival each year.

Kids can take part in a free, hands-on art activity in the Kid’s Art Zone. Children will have the opportunity to design their own puzzle at the festival to take home. (While supplies last.)

For more information about Artsfest on Walnut Street, call 417-831-6200 or visit www.springfieldartsfest.org.

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