Art City Austin: 2018

Almost 200 artists participated in the 68th annual Art City Austin. They came from all around the country, from Maine to California and many points in-between. About 20 of the artists were local, and two even traveled here from Canada. This annual fine arts festival is sponsored by Art Alliance Austin.

This festival seems to have found a home at the Palmer Events Center. Many of the booths were set up under the huge overhang on the north side of the building. Other tents and a few food trailers surrounded the reflecting pond. Unlike last year, nothing was inside the building except the restrooms.

I visited Art City Austin around midday on Sunday. Several artists told me that this year’s festival had basically turned into a one-day event. A cold front came through during the VIP party on Friday evening and blew over half of the tents. Then Saturday’s weather was cold and windy, and people stayed away. Sunday was the only decent day of the entire weekend.

The festival wasn’t crowded during the hour that I was there. A lonely-looking musician, Arielle Laguette, performed between the booths near the reflecting pond. Hopefully, more visitors came later.

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