Festival of Arts, downtown OKC ‘rite of spring,’ returns to April

Stella McDaniel

For people who live, work and play in downtown Oklahoma City, the white tents and colorful banners popping up in Bicentennial Park are as welcome a sign of spring as beds of blooming tulips and daffodils. 

“We’re finally getting back to normal, the return of the rite of spring,” said John Semtner, co-chair of the 2022 Festival of the Arts.  

“For those of us that erected (those tents) last year in 100-degree weather, we’re very appreciative of the cloud cover right now.” 

After it was canceled in 2020 and shifted to June in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, downtown OKC’s long-running Festival of the Arts is popping up in its usual April dates and times this year. An estimated 750,000 people visit the free festival every year.  

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