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!!

Share Our Happy!!

Julie Gazdecki

Julie is owner and founder of How We Find Happy. As an optimist, the name is perfect as we share the ways we find happy living in Florida, visiting breweries, spending time with our adult children, and getting away on some couples trips. As previous residents of Michigan, we still spend lots of time each year visiting our family up there, along with new and favorite places. My hope is to encourage others to spend time exploring this beautiful world, and finding happy in unexpected places.

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

  • Julie Gazdecki

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

  • Brittany

    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.

  • Julie Gazdecki

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

  • 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!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    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.

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

  • Julie Gazdecki

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

  • Julie Gazdecki

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

  • Missy

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

  • Julie Gazdecki

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

  • Julie Gazdecki

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

  • Janine

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

  • Julie Gazdecki

    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!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    So happy you got to visit the festival.

  • Julie Gazdecki

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

  • Heather

    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.

  • Jordin

    I love Disney! What a great festival!

  • Julie Gazdecki

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

  • Julie Gazdecki

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

  • Julie Gazdecki

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

  • Julie Gazdecki

    There sure is!!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Epcot has become festival almost all year long!!

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