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Festival of the Arts Celebrates Live Music, Food and, Naturally, Art

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Beachcomber Music Award winner Mari Gleason performs at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Festival of the Arts in Destin Sunday, Oct. 28.

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Festival of the Arts is one of the southeast’s premier festivals and showcases over 100 artists from across the country. The festival is a celebration of art, music, food and family fun, with live music, a food bistro, wine and beer garden, art activities for kids, merchandise and more.


The festival will be held Oct. 27 and 28 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, located at 4323 Commons Drive West in Destin. Festival hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM Sunday. Admission is $5 per day—FREE for MKAF members and children 12 and under.


The admission cost provides necessary funding for MKAF’s community outreach initiatives.


Free parking is available adjacent to the Cultural Arts Village at Grace Lutheran Church. Additional overflow parking with free continuous art shuttle service from 654-LIMO is available at Emerald Coast Centre located across from Henderson Beach State Park. The Cultural Arts Village is designed as an ADA compliant venue with available handicapped parking.


“The Festival of the Arts offers the chance to hear great music, enjoy local cuisine and the perfect shopping opportunity. Or just an excuse to get outside and walk, which is important as we have less and less time in today’s technologically mediated reality to connect to real time and space which is so vital in our lives,” says festival producer Deb Nissley.


“Art and music help build interpersonal connections through shared experiences and encourage you to explore the talents that exist in your own backyard.”


This year’s musical guests include Roman Street Trio, Jeff Glickman and the Panhandle All Stars, Now and Then, Drew Tillman, and Beachcomber Music Award winners Jones and Company and Mari Gleason. The complete schedule is included in this issue’s Live Music section.


The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation thanks all of the artists, business partners, members, donors, advertisers, sponsors, volunteers and festival attendees for making the Festival of the Arts a successful, family-friendly event.


For additional information, call 850-650-2226, email, or visit

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