Artists paint in the Live Art area of Artsfest on Walnut Street 2019. The event returns for its 41st year May 7-8. (Photo: Downtown Springfield Association)

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Artsfest on Walnut Street returns for its 41st year May 7-8. Its theme, Art Unites, celebrates the unity of art, artists and art lovers at the event.

Hosted by the Springfield Regional Arts Council, Artsfest is one of the largest outdoor arts festivals in southwest Missouri. It features more than 90 artists from all over the country, live entertainment and food.

Advanced tickets are currently available for purchase online. Guests can choose from two entry times each day, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-5. Admission is $5 for adults, while children 5 and under are free.

After years of separation, artists of all kinds are uniting for Artsfest. More than 90 artists will be displaying, selling and competing for awards. Featured mediums include:

  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Clay
  • Printmaking
  • Jewelry
  • Photography
  • Metal
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Fiber

The Live Art Area will feature 12 artists creating art throughout the festival. Each artist will complete two panels during the festival and Artsfest attendees can vote for their favorite. The top three artists will receive a cash prize. After the festival, the artwork will be on display at The Creamery Arts Center during the month of May, where they can be purchased by the public.

Artsfest will once again feature performances on multiple stages throughout the weekend, including artists such as Shaun Munday, The Bridgetones and Brother Ray and the Sometimes Righteous. Other performers will include Springfield Ballet, Springfield Little Theatre and Princesses of the 417.

Health and safety precautions will still be in place for Artsfest. Vendor booths will be six feet apart, hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the festival and volunteers will be dedicated to cleaning. Masks are not required at the event.

Volunteers are needed for the event and registration is available online. Volunteers who sign up for two or more shifts will receive a free Artsfest 2022 T-shirt.

Artsfest on Walnut Street benefits the Springfield Regional Arts Council, a local arts advocacy nonprofit working to benefit artists and arts education. For more information about Artsfest on Walnut Street, call 417-831-6200 or visit the official Artsfest website

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger is the Reader Engagement Editor for the Hauxeda, and the voice of its daily newsletter SGF A.M. He covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger