The 2014 dates have been canceled, the following is from the previous years.
Downtown Disney celebrates the 35th Annual Festival of the Masters. Enjoy a brush with greatness as you meet award-winning national and local artists and artisans while admiring their diverse creations. This festival for all ages includes a Children's Activity Center where kids can create their own masterpieces, pin trading, live entertainment and amazing Chalk Art displays. Discover the artist within you as you enjoy all the Festival of the Masters has to offer.
Children's Activities – Children taught how to draw some of their favorite Disney Characters
Additional Live Entertainment – Live music and live Entertainment as face painting and balloons
Performance Artists – Creating a Disney masterpiece to music and transforming a blank canvas into art!
Pin Trading – Guests come from around the world, bringing their favorite pins to view and trade.
Shopping – Jump-start holiday gift shopping at the various unique shops located throughout Downtown Disney.
Event Merchandise Booths – Purchase favorite special event merchandise: posters, shirts, pins and much more
Learn some fascinating facts and timely tidbits about this world-renown festival that attracts prominent artists and artisans as well as art aficionados, collectors and art lovers.
- The Festival is celebrating 31 years at Downtown Disney in 2006.
- In 1979 Walt Disney World Resort introduced the "Masters" concept to the fifth year of an increasingly popular event then known as the "Art Festival in the Village."
- The Fine Art was moved from Downtown Disney Marketplace to Downtown Disney West Side in 2002.
- To qualify for Festival of the Masters, artists must have earned a primary award in a juried art festival within the last three years. Prospective exhibitors submit award verification and slides of their works to a jury of art experts, who then have the formidable task of reviewing the slides and selecting the participants. This process ensures that Guests to the Festival will be treated to one of the finest displays of art in the nation. Hence, Festival of the Masters has become one of the most sought-after shows among artists.
- Festival of the Masters is a nationally-recognized art show which continues to be ranked among the country's finest outdoor art festivals each year.