The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival returns in May

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  • The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival returns for its 62nd edition in May. The festival will take place over three days, from May 14 to 16.

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival returns to the Central Park area for its 62nd year in May.

The festival, which features national and international artists, is one of the oldest juryed art exhibitions in the country, according to the festival’s website. Hundreds of artists from all over the world apply, but only 225 will showcase their work in different categories – clay, digital art, jewelry, painting, etc. – and compete for 63 different cash prizes.

A list of this year’s artists and the categories in which they will compete is available on the site.

The show was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The WPSAF announced at the end of January its intention to return this year, but in May instead of March, due to lingering concerns over the pandemic.

Instead, WPSAF hosted a two-week virtual festival in March where artists showcased their work on the festival’s Facebook page.

This year’s festival will take place in the Central Park and Park Avenue neighborhood, as usual, and several streets surrounding the neighborhood will also be closed, according to a city of Winter Park road closure notice.

The following streets will be closed for the duration of the festival: Garfield Avenue; Lincoln and West Melbourne Avenues, from Center Street to South Park Avenue; Morse Boulevard, from South Knowles to South New York Avenues; New England Avenue, from West Park Avenue to Center Street; Park Avenue, from West Canton to Lyman Avenues.

According to the road closure notice, all restaurants or businesses in the listed closure areas that wish to set up outdoor services during the festival must apply by May 12. Retail businesses are allowed at one table without a request, but must request to have more than one.

For those who wish to attend, the festival takes place May 14-16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the first two days, and ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Pets, skateboards, bicycles or motorized scooters are not allowed at the festival, and visitors are still required to wear face coverings and social distancing when possible.

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Reggie S. Williams

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