The annual Plaza District Festival returns for its 22nd year on October 2

Published Friday, October 1, 2021
by Staff Reports

The annual Plaza District Festival returns for its 22nd year on Saturday, October 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This year’s festival will feature 28 performers, 32 artists and a range of activities.

The festival, held on the 1700 block of 16th St., is a celebration of all things local. The one-day event incorporates live music, local artists, food trucks, kids activities and more.

This year’s festival will be co-chaired by Desiree Yearby and Paige Powell.

“Now, more than ever, is a great time to have the community come together for an outdoor festival,” said Desiree Yearby, Festival Co-Chair. “This year’s music lineup is more diverse than ever and showcases a large array of talent in different genres.”

There will be three stages with 28 musical and performance acts. Visual artists will be lining 16th Street, with a diverse selection of more than 30 of Oklahoma’s best artists,

Musical group Lincka will be returning to the Plaza District Festival as a performer, this year being their first time as a headliner.

“I have been working very hard to get to this point in my music career,” said Lincka Elizondo. “We have a spectacular show planned for the Plaza District this October. When I reach new levels in my music, I will bring my community with me, so be ready for a special performance that will showcase Oklahoma City’s finest. Gracias Plaza por esta oportunidad tan unica y especial!”

“This year’s festival is significant because it’s happening during a time when people need community, creative inspiration, and collective joy the most,” said Rachael Leonhart, Plaza District Executive Director. “Everyone talks about the physical and financial impact of the pandemic, but I often think about the emotional and physiological impact the past 18 months have had on our community. Every musician and visual artist for our 22nd Annual Plaza District Festival and Plaza Walls Mural Expo was chosen intentionally to curate a cultural experience to bring people together regardless of age, socioeconomic background, or cultural taste. My hope is that our community recognizes this, joins us, and creates lasting, positive memories with us on October 2nd.”

Visual artists will be selling their works along 16th Street, with a diverse selection of some of Oklahoma’s best artists. Included in this year’s vendors are oil painter Angel Jaramillo, John Brooks Woodworks, candle maker Moonglow Maven, and many more. Represented media include jewelry, soaps, lamps, paintings, photography, sketches, clothing, pottery, and more.

The annual Plaza District Festival is the Plaza District Association’s largest fundraiser and invites Oklahoma to experience local together by providing the creative space to showcase Oklahoma’s visual artists, musicians and local food trucks. This unique, family-friendly event is free and open to

the public. You can view the full festival lineup, list of visual artists and activities at www.plazadistrict.org/plazafest.

About the Plaza District Association

The Plaza District Association is an organization that works to develop the Plaza District as a vibrant commercial district where arts, local business, and neighborhood community thrives. More information can be found online at plazadistrict.org.

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