FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE 

NO PETS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARK OR ON PARK AVENUE DURING THE ART FESTIVAL’S HOURS OF OPERATION. For details on local ordinances, contact the City of Winter Park

WHERE

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival takes place in Central Park, along Park Avenue, in Winter Park, Florida.
Festival Hours: 9am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sunday.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, consistently rated among the top shows by Sunshine Artist and American Style magazines. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. This year about 1,200 artists from around the world applied for entry and an independent panel of judges selected 225 national and international artists to attend the show.The National Endowment for the Arts, The White House, Congress and many others have lauded the Festival for promoting art and art education in Central Florida. An all volunteer board of directors runs the annual Festival, now celebrating its 51st year.

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was started by a handful of enthusiasts as a community project to benefit local artists and art lovers. The first festival was held on Park Avenue in March 1960. The festival featured original works of art and, after being advertised for just three weeks before the opening, drew 90 exhibiting artists. Over the next decade, the festival grew to over 600 artists and was spread out over Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Canton Avenue and on all cross streets. For the past 30 years or so, the festival has been contained solely in the park area and currently features 225 artists and 3 emerging artists. A loving art community has created and nurtured a successful festival that looks forward to another 50 years in Central Park.

ART CATEGORIES

There is a wide variety of outstanding artwork.  Categories include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing and Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor and Wood.  

AWARDS

The artists compete for 62 awards totaling $67,500. Best of Show is $10,000. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Committee purchases the Best of Show art and donates it to the City of Winter Park. (All previous Best of Show winners are on permanent display at the Winter Park Public Library.) There are also 10 Awards of Excellence; each is $2,000. There are 20 Awards of Distinction; each is $1,000 and there are 30 Awards of Merit; each is $500. In addition, a $2,500 Award for a Distinguished Work of Art is presented through the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Sponsors

The 51st Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival will feature entertainment on the Florida Family Insurance Stage and will include performances by jazz artist/original songwriter Peter White (Friday), soul-jazz flutist Althea Rene (Saturday), and smooth jazz guitarist Tim Bowman (Sunday). Entertainment presented by Florida Family Insurance, WFTV Channel 9, Orlando Home & Leisure Magazine, and Smooth 103.1 WLOQ. All performances are on the Florida Family Insurance Stage, located in north Central Park.

2010 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Entertainment Schedule

Friday, March 19th
4:30pm-5:30pm: Winter Park High School Jazz Band
6:00pm-7:00pm: BK Jackson
7:30pm-9:00pm: Peter White

Saturday, March 20th
10:00am-10:45am: Chamber Quartet
11:00am-11:45am: Suzuki Players of Central Florida
12:00pm-1:00pm: Duvall Dance Academy
1:15pm-2:15pm: Orlando Brass Quintet
2:45pm-3:45pm: Rich Walker Quartet
4:15-5:45: Althea Rene

Sunday, March 21st
10:00am-10:45am: Three Flutes Only
11:15am-12:00pm: Rollins Bach Brass
12:30pm-1:30pm: MAKESHIFT
2:00pm-3:00pm: Groove Masters
3:30pm-5:00pm: Tim Bowman

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All music produced by Sonny Abelardo Productions.

Children’s Workshop Village

Hey, Kids! Come Create! Have Fun! It’s Free!

Boys and girls, here is your chance to show everyone your artistic abilities by creating a unique piece of artwork that you can keep and share with your family and friends. Best of all, it’s all free.
The fun happens between 10 am and 4 pm at the Children’s Workshop Village on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and kids can keep what they make. The Children’s Workshop Village is appropriate for children ages 2 through 12. One of the most popular activities at the Village is easel painting on Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-3 pm. In addition, each of our museum partners has prepared interesting hands-on arts and crafts activities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-4 pm. This is one of the most anticipated events at the festival each year and thousands of children and their families participate.
 The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Committee believes children of all ages can develop a love and appreciation for art when they are given the opportunity to explore their own creativity.
Members of the Rotary Club of Winter Park and Hands-On Orlando enthusiastically volunteer to make the easel painting possible.
Special thanks go to our museum partners for being involved.
Continue your creative involvement through the many varied activities offered at these art centers and museums all year long.

LEON THEODORE SCHOOLS EXHIBIT

Budding artists put on a show within a show!

Thousands of pieces of colorful and creative artwork of all types delight parents and festival attendees alike at the Leon Theodore Schools Exhibit. In 2000, the exhibit was named in honor of long-time Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival board member, Leon Theodore who was also an art educator at Edgewater High School. He was involved with advancing the schools exhibit since the first festival in 1960.

Artwork, created by middle and high school students from Orange County public and private schools, is selected by local art teachers to be part of the display. This year’s distinguished judges, Nancy Dillen and Jean Thomas, are both artists and educators.         They will award a Best of Show and bestow honors in a variety of art categories.

Look for the big white tents of the Leon Theodore Schools Exhibit located across the railroad tracks, behind the post office, and near the stage in North Central Park.

The future of art begins here!

Directions

Traveling I-4 East… take the Fairbanks exit (87). Go east (right) on Fairbanks and turn left onto Park Avenue. Free parking is available along many surrounding streets. You can also park in private lots and garages. If you are a person with a disability, please ask the Winter Park Police officer, stationed at Park Ave. & Canton Ave. or New York Ave. & Morse Blvd. for assistance.

Traveling I-4 West… take the Fairbanks exit (87). Go east (left) on Fairbanks and turn left onto Park Avenue. Free parking is available along many surrounding streets. You can also park in private lots and garages. If you are a person with a disability, please ask the Winter Park Police officer, stationed at Park Ave. & Canton Ave. or New York Ave. & Morse Blvd. for assistance.

From 417 (Greenway)… take the Aloma Avenue exit and head west. Continue on Aloma Avenue, which turns into Fairbanks Avenue. Make a right onto Park Avenue. Free parking is available along many surrounding streets. You can also park in private lots and garages. If you are a person with a disability, please ask the Winter Park Police officer, stationed at Park Ave. & Canton Ave. or New York Ave. & Morse Blvd. for assistance.

PARKING

General Parking: Free parking is available along many surrounding streets. You can also park in private lots and garages.

Disabled Parking: The new parking lot at the corner of Canton & Park Avenues has disabled parking spaces and has been designated as such for the festival. When in doubt, please ask a Winter Park Police officer, stationed at Park & Canton Avenues or New York Avenue & Morse Boulevard for assistance.

 

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