Being a family that not only enjoys the arts, but has girls who are all involved in the arts in different ways, is just one reason we love the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Since it’s the newest of festivals at Epcot, most may wonder what are the things to do at the Festival of the Arts. Hopefully this will give you a glimpse of just how much there is to do and keep you busy.
Visual Arts at the Festival of the Arts
Not that we aren’t already surrounded by art at Epcot, but during the festival, it comes alive in so many ways.
There are educational stops to learn about artists, their art style and even a chance to take your own self portrait. This one here is about Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo,
You have a chance to be an artist, and part of a group painting by choosing a number, picking up your paint, and participating in the “paint by number” walls.
Chalk art can be found around the World Showcase. You might even catch an artist in action, check out our video!!
Booths from different vendors/artists are set up around the World Showcase and other parts of the park. You have the opportunity to view and shop for unique Disney inspired paintings and drawings.
Artists may be found working on projects. You can talk with them, and possibly get your purchases signed.
Culinary Arts for Festival of the Arts
I’m not sure it’s possible to hear “Epcot,” and NOT think food. Epcot sets the bar when it comes to festival eats! Veteran festival goers look forward to new culinary treats every year, as each festival begins.
Art is incorporated into some of the dishes, like this Crème de Brie en Petit Pain, known as warm creamy Brie in a house made bread bowl. YUM!!
You can also find some treats, like these sugar paintings, which are complete art.
Beer, wine and cocktails are part of the special cuisine. Check out this beer flight with popcorn pairing. Not mine, I just asked a nice lady to take a picture of this beauty.
Since we went on opening day, during the first week, we were able to get our Figment passholder sugar cookie.
I was happy to see the Jasmine draft beer still on tap in China, since I never got the chance to try it during Food & Wine Festival.
There is so much to choose from, I suggest grabbing yourself a festival passport so you can browse and decide what you want to taste.
Performing Arts Includes Broadway
Oh, the entertainment!! My girls and I are pretty big Broadway fans, so when the Festival of the Arts began in 2017, we were most excited about seeing some of the Disney Broadway stars perform top hits from Disney Musicals. This year kicked off with Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey.
The concerts take place in the America Gardens Theatre. You can find the full schedule of performers online. For seating, you can either purchase a dinner package for guaranteed seats, or you can wait in line for standby seating. The arts festival is growing in popularity. This was obvious on opening night. I had never seen the theatre as packed as we did that night.
Other entertainment to check out is Bodh’aktan on The Mill Stage in Canada, and Delta Q, an accapella group, on the Germany stage. We enjoyed both.
Fountain Stage and Plaza houses art defying gravity acts, top high school bands, living statues, and visual art performances, where artist bring Disney art to life before your eyes.
Be sure to take advantage of the photo opportunities through the park, where you become the art. We’ve had fun with these over the years.
If you think this seems like a lot of things to do at the Epcot Festival of the Arts, you would be right!! And this is only some of the fun. Be sure to check out more details on Disney’s website, so you can plan your visit.
Have you been to the Festival of the Arts? What are you most looking forward to this year?
Curious about Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival? You can see our fun here!!