Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate its 38th annual Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney into Nov. 8 – 10. Presented by Michaels, this open-air fine arts festival showcases the work and talents of more than 300 artists across various media: painting, photography, sculpture, chalk, glass and more.
In addition to the art exhibits, Festival of the Masters includes live performances and art being made on-site, the opportunity to meet artists and hear art chats, hands-on and interactive fun, entertainment and, includes interactive art opportunities and live entertainment.
Two new special touches will debut at the 2013 festival. Yellow Shoes Creative Director and Disney Parks Blog author Will Gay has created an original piece of art featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the character chosen by blog readers; and specialty cocktails designed with artistic flair will be available.
Festival of the Masters takes place at Downtown Disney (DTD) from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m on Sunday.
Of course, the focus is on art and artists, promising a variety of approaches and styles. This year’s Festival of the Masters weekend features more than 130 award-winning artists, nearly 20 up-and-coming Emerging Masters, the Disney Artist Village, and performance artists.
A popular DTD weekend with Walt Disney World guests and locals alike, the Disney Artist Village boasts one of the largest displays of official Disney art available for purchase. Art here represents a range of Disney divisions, including Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group. The area offers meet and greets with the more than 25 artists, live creation of art on-site, and interactive chats about art.
The Disney Artist Village is located between Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues on Downtown Disney West Side, while the live art performances and chats will take place at the Waterside State in DTD Marketplace.
The opportunity to immerse oneself in the creative atmosphere of the Festival of the Masters extends to creating art. Michaels presents various hands-on and interactive art activities designed to help make this art weekend fun for the whole family. Disney guests can try their hand at the “Make It Take It” crafts, coloring Disney-inspired masterpieces and the “Michaels Master Mural” where guests can help create a mosaic-like mural. Children can add chalk sections at DTD Marketplace for the Children’s Chalk Art display as well as help construct a giant LEGO masterpiece and interactive LEGO mural.
DTD also offers “Mixers and Masters,” a new opportunity to sip and stroll through the Festival with artistic cocktails. Guests (of legal drinking age and with appropriate ID) can purchase specialty drinks, designed for the event. from select DTD dining locations. Options include the Pinkberry Martini from Wolfgang Puck Café, Blue Nile from Rainforest Café and Huckleberry Lemonade at Splitsville. In a move reminiscent of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, guests can also learn about making cocktails during daily presentations “The Art of Mixology” demonstrations. Led by experts, these 10-minute demonstrations take place at Waterside Stage at DTD Marketplace three times a day.
There are plenty of other entertainment options and artist appearances that will take place during Festival of the Masters. The weekend also features:
- Live entertainment by performers from La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil;
- House of Blues offers its15-year celebration of its Folk Art Festival with more than 30 artists;
- Special artist appearances at Hoypoloi and Pop Gallery; and
- Live entertainment at various venues, including House of Blues, Bongos Cuban Café, Raglan Road and Splitsville.
There is no admission charge to visit Downtown Disney or experience Festival of the Masters, and parking is complimentary. DTD also offers a valet parking option during the event, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. via Entrance 4 of DTD West Side. See Disney’s website for more information about Festival of the Masters, including exhibit times and parking information.