Introducing the Daytona Beach Arts Fest | Culture & Leisure


Downtown Daytona Signature Events, in partnership with Imagine Daytona, will present two days of immersive arts events.

The first Daytona Beach Arts Fest is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 10.

The free two-day spring event promises to offer something for everyone, from fun experiences to immersive art to original, live music provided by The Local Mix. Mayor Derrick Henry will open the festival at 9 a.m. Saturday on Magnolia Avenue.

Longtime Daytona Beach event promoter Al Smith of Al Smith Productions has teamed up with Theresa Lieberman of Imagine Daytona to produce the spring art festival. Both expressed their excitement at being able to bring a unique artistic experience to downtown Daytona Beach.

Artists and attendees can enjoy juried and non-juried arts and crafts exhibits at the Beach Street Craft Market, listen to local music, and participate in a live painting competition.

The juried competition offers $4,000 in prizes.

Art Battle Daytona Beach presented by Riverfront Arts District takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. on North Beach Street. Artists will compete in a timed live painting tournament, turning blank canvases into beautiful works of art in 20 minutes and eventually qualifying to participate in regional, national and international tournaments.

Attendance is free, but VIP tickets are available that allow ticket holders to walk around the easels and observe the creative process in real time. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, go to daytonabeachartsfest.com/art-battle-info.

For children, there will be Imagine Art, which will showcase creative arts made by students from Volusia County Schools, Volusia/Flagler Counties Boys and Girls Clubs, and Art Haus. Scholarships will be announced at the event. For more information, visit daytonabeachartsfest.com/imagineartpoweredbyjeepbeach or email Charlene Greer at [email protected]

The PACE project is a city-wide public art installation made up of vehicles painted by local artists. A mystery Jeep will be parked at the foot of the International Speedway boulevard bridge and will be unveiled during the Arts Fest. The public can enter a raffle by posing for snaps and uploading their image to #PACEDDaytonaBeach.

The entire Jeep will become the canvas for local artist Angel Lowden. Ms. Lowden owns an art studio in Ormond Beach. For more information contact Theresa Lieberman at [email protected]

Fashion Week on the Beach will feature Fashion en Blanc, an after-hours fashion show on Magnolia Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Attendees are encouraged to dress in white and can create their own stylish dining/picnic table with friends. The fashion show will feature clothing lines and fashion boutiques for all women. Tickets are $60 per person and are available on Eventbrite. For more information, contact Kim Moten at [email protected] or (386) 214-2853.

Official merchandise will be on sale at Sweet Marlay’s Coffee Shop at 214 S. Beach St. throughout the festival as well as at the merchandise tent during the event. For more information, visit daytonabeachartsfest.com/event-merchandise.

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