56th Annual Halifax Art Festival


The 56th Annual Halifax Art Festival, November 3 & 4, 2018, has risen in attendance and reputation to become one of the most prestigious festivals in the Central Florida area. It is the second oldest continuous festival in Florida. It’s known for its elegance of venue staged on Daytona’s Historic Beach Street between the Riverfront Shops and the Halifax River. The Festival was voted “Best Outdoor Art Festival” by the readers of Daytona’s Hometown News and has received Grants from the Halifax Area Advertising Authority.

The Festival features a unique blend of fine arts, crafts, music, food, and fun. Admission is free to the public with plenty of free parking for artful shoppers and artists.

The Festival features juried local, regional, and national original works of art from over 250 artists offering affordable artwork for the established as well as the beginning collector.

A comprehensive, multi-layered marketing/publicity campaign draws 30,000 shoppers from the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” the I-4 Orlando/Tampa corridor, and local ‘snowbirds’ to the Festival.

The Festival features two sections – Competitive Fine Arts and Crafts which is juried and judged and eligible for prize and patron money. Non-Competitive Arts are juried but not eligible for awards. Artworks in both sections are all original.

The Student Art Exhibit and Competition feature art students from kindergarten through twelfth grade from the Volusia County public school system as well as area private schools. The student art is located at Marina View, 125 Basin Street, Daytona Beach, during Festival hours. After the Sunday Awards Ceremony, the winning art will be displayed at the Daytona’s Museum of Arts & Sciences, 352 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach, Florida, for one week.

The Festival, also, supports Children, Pre-K to 5 years old. They are invited to create their own masterpieces under the “Little Van Gogh” tent while friends and family watch. All art supplies are free to each child.

Live music will be featured both Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of seating will be available in Riverfront Park to enjoy the music or a snack. Shoppers may choose from festival food or the many fine bistros and restaurants along Beach Street.

The 56th Halifax Art Festival is presented and produced by the Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences. The Festival is the Signature fundraiser for the Museum and also benefits the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art and the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum. For information: www.HalifaxArtFestival.org