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15 Reasons You Should Attend the 21st Annual Festival of the Arts in Destin

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By Zandra Wolfgram

1. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation produces it, so you know it’s top notch.

2. More than 100 talented artists from all across the U.S. will have their best work on exhibit.


3. With a FREE continuous shuttle, you can be delivered right to the festival entrance. Now, that’s service.


4. The festival, happening Oct. 29 and 30, is only five bucks. If you’re under 12 or a MKAF member (or both), it’s FREE.


5. The festival has continuous live music—six bands over two days.


6. A chance to meet Destin artist Kathleen Broaderick, whose stunning “Bonita” graces this year’s festival guide, poster and t-shirt.


7. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to add the 2016 FOA poster to your collection.


8. With the expanded Wine & Beer Garden, the festival is a great place to dine al fresco.


9. Fall is gorgeous on the Emerald Coast, so why not get outside and feast your eyes on an art fest?


10. This is the only local festival that has a special tent for seasoned and emerging artists that may not otherwise be seen. Check out 60 amazing artists in the Collaborative Art Tent.


11. Did someone say FREE art? Sunday at 3 p.m., MKAF announces the winners of the Art Raffle Drawing.


12. A chance to watch a half-dozen or so Emerald Coast Plein Air artists in action, painting what they see.


13. If ceramist Kadri Kaerma is making the trip all the way from Estonia, you can certainly find your way over to Commons Drive in Destin.


14. The Kids ArtStop tent is full of hands-on projects, so your little art lovers can have plenty of fun, too.


15. The festival benefits MKAF’s art education outreach programs for all ages. Have a heart and support the arts!


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