Arts Festival Oklahoma starts Aug. 30

Arts Festival Oklahoma, OCCC’s Cultural Arts program’s annual art festival, is slated to begin Saturday, Aug. 30, and continue through Monday, Sept. 1.

Cultural Programs Director Lemuel Bardeguez said AFO attracts more than 25,000 people and roughly 125 artists every year.

The festival has been held in South Oklahoma City for the past 36 years, he said.

Bardeguez described the weekend as “a celebration of fun, food, and art.”

“A vital part of the human spirit is participating in art,” he said. “It is not just going to class, it’s about knowledge.”

Bardeguez said the community-based festival is the most successful program under the Cultural Arts division.

Held during Labor Day weekend, he said, Arts Festival Oklahoma is a chance for the students to not only interact with staff and get to know each other, but also a chance for them to interact with their community.

“It is a time where family and friends can get together and enjoy the many different forms of art,” he said.

Bardeguez said a number of students take part in the festival on a volunteer basis. Some professors will give extra credit to those students who volunteer to help at the event, he said.

Arts Festival Oklahoma takes place on campus from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 and from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sept. 1.

For more information about Arts Festival Oklahoma, visit

To contact Bardeguez, email him at or call 405-682-7576.

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