Things to Do at Epcot Festival of the Arts

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Photopass opportunity at Epcot festival of the arts

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. 

Cheese bread bowl from Epcot festival of the arts in France

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!! 

Candy art from Epcot festival of the arts in Japan

You can also find some treats, like these sugar paintings, which are complete art. 

Popcorn flight with beer pairing

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.

Disney Passholder cookie with Figment

Since we went on opening day, during the first week, we were able to get our Figment passholder sugar cookie. 

Beer taster from Epcot

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

Entertainment sign at Epcot

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. 

Broadway singers perform at America Gardens Theatre

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. 

Germany singers at Epcot Festival of the Arts

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. 

Becoming Art

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. 

Epcot Festival of the Arts Things to Do

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!!

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35 thoughts on “Things to Do at Epcot Festival of the Arts

  • January 21, 2019 at 9:47 am

    I never knew Epcot had the Festival of Arts! This would be up our alley. I’m going to have to look up the next one to see when we can go. Thank you so much for sharing it looks like so much fun!

    • January 21, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      If you love the arts, you will love this!! Happy the post was useful!

  • January 23, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    That’s so cool – So much to do & see there! I’m a Florida native and Epcot was my favorite of the Disney parks cause of all the cultural diversity and worlds colliding.

    • January 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

      We love all the culture too. You can partially travel the world, all in one place!

  • January 24, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    We just missed this festival last year by a week! Our next trip isn’t until April so we’ll miss this year too. Maybe next year!

    • January 24, 2019 at 10:27 pm

      Ooooh, April you will be at the Flower & Garden Festival!! We will be at Fort Wilderness for the End of April too. January is definitely less busy than April.

  • January 24, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Wow, what a cood adventures for all ages! I haven’t been to Epcot in decades but after seeing your article, I want to go back soon!

    • January 24, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      Yes! Go back. There is so much to do there. We spend more time in Epcot than all other parks combined!

  • January 24, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Wow this looks awesome! That sidewalk chalk art is amazing! And that food… yum! When we go back to Epcot, it might just have to be when this is going on!

    • January 24, 2019 at 10:30 pm

      Isn’t it??? Definitely check it out!! So worth it!

  • January 24, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    I’ll need to plan my next Epcot visit to coincide with this festival! It looks incredible. Love the chalk art scenes!

    • January 24, 2019 at 10:34 pm

      So worth it. And it keeps growing. January/February are great months to visit too. Lower crowds and you can walk around without sweating. 🙂

  • January 24, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Wow! That looks like a lot of fun! The chalk art is impressive.

    • January 24, 2019 at 10:34 pm

      I really like the chalk art too. Each time we go, it will be different too.

  • January 24, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Wow, look like fun for all ages! I love the chalk art and caricatures!

  • January 24, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    We have not been to the Festival of the Arts. I loved the 3D art. That is amazing.

  • January 25, 2019 at 10:05 am

    This looks like so much fun! I am always fascinated by 3D chalk art! Great post! I hope I visit Epcot sometime soon! 🙂

    • January 25, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      The 3D chalk art is so cool. We hope you get to visit Epcot too. It is so often overlooked, and it’s our favorite!

  • January 25, 2019 at 11:17 am

    We went to the Festival of the Arts 2 years ago and it was so fun! Great review and list for anyone who is going!

    • January 25, 2019 at 5:45 pm

      So happy you got to visit the festival.

  • January 25, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    What a fun experience! I would love to walk around and look at the chalk art.

    • January 25, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      We can’t wait to see what kind of chalk art we see next time we visit!

  • January 25, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Would love to make it to Epcot during a Wine and Food festival, but beer and popcorn how can you go wrong! thanks for the info. looked like a lot of fun.

    • January 26, 2019 at 3:08 pm

      It’s great how they’ve incorporated food and drinks into all the festivals!!

  • January 25, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I’d love to go to Disney during the Festival of the Arts one year. Unfortunately, as a teacher, I don’t have enough time off in January or February. Your photos are awesome!

    • January 26, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      That’s such a bummer. Then the winter breaks are always just after the festival ends 🙁

  • January 25, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    This looks awesome! Like the comment before mine, I’m a teacher, too. So maybe someday I’ll get to visit. The food looks so artistic! It seems like a great time.

    • January 26, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Oh no 🙁 Hope you can work it in one year.

  • January 25, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    This looks like there’s something for everyone!

    • January 26, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      There sure is!!

  • January 26, 2019 at 12:08 am

    I love Disney! What a great festival!

    • January 26, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      Epcot has become festival almost all year long!!

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