Epcot International Festival of the Arts

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will return in 2018, running from January 12 through February 19, 2018!

This new Epcot Festival made its debut in 2017, celebrating three artistic disciplines: Culinary, Visual, and Performing Arts.

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In 2017, the Festival of the Arts ran Fridays through Mondays only, but in 2018 the Festival will run 7 days a week! Once again, though, entertainment offerings will change every weekend! So be sure to pick up a Festival of the Arts Passport for details during your specific visit.

Festival of the Arts Passport

Festival of the Arts Passport

CULINARY ARTS

Food Studios

The Festival of the Arts will feature Food Studios located around Epcot’s World Showcase! Much like the Marketplace Booths for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, the Food Studios bring enhanced food offerings to Festival guests.

The Masterpiece Kitchen

The Masterpiece Kitchen

Unique to the Festival of the Arts is a focus on presentation for the dishes.

Applying the Finishing Touch at The Artist's Table Food Studio

Applying the Finishing Touch at The Artist’s Table Food Studio

Many of the items are their own works of art!

Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate

Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate

We can’t wait to see what the Chefs come up with for the 2018 Festival of the Arts!

Classic Reuben

Classic Reuben

Mary Blair White Chocolate Art Painting with Chocolate Easel

Mary Blair White Chocolate Art Painting with Chocolate Easel

In the meantime, check out the Food Studio menus — along with pictures of all the items with prices — from 2017 here!

PERFORMING ARTS

Epcot will be bursting with live performances and acts to celebrate the Performing Arts! Be sure to refer to the Event Guide at Epcot during your specific visit, as each weekend will offer new experiences.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series features performances by some of Broadway’s most accomplished actors and actresses singing some of Disney’s most beloved songs. In 2017, showtimes were 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm at the America Gardens Theatre.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Packages were also available for guests wishing to pair breakfast, lunch, or dinner at a participating Epcot restaurant with reserved seating for the 8:00 pm show.

To see the list of 2017 Disney on Broadway Concert Series performers as well as participating Dining Package restaurant with prices, visit our 2017 Festival of the Arts Page!

Additional Entertainment

Additional entertainment in 2017 featured the tops in area talent at the Community Arts Showcase at the Future World Fountain Stage and Plaza, with a wide variety of choirs, marching bands, and more groups local to Central Florida. An a cappella pop group, American Music Machine, was part of the lineup as well.

Guests also viewed the creative process live through Art in Performance, from chalk artists to living art statues.

Stay tuned as we find out more about how the Performing Arts will be represented in 2018!

VISUAL ARTS

The Visual Arts will be celebrated throughout Epcot in a myriad of Exhibits, Seminars, and hands-on experiences, along with a few more artistic touches along the way! Be sure to pick up and refer to the Festival of the Arts Passport at Epcot during your specific visit, as each weekend will offer new experiences.

In 2017, The Artwork of Mary Blair, Herb Ryman, and contemporary Disney artists was featured in the Odyssey Festival Showplace.

Mary Blair Exhibit

Mary Blair Exhibit

Pavilions around Epcot showcased displays and galleries reflecting various themes. For instance, guests could learn about Japan’s “kawaii,” or “cute culture” at the Bijutsu-kan Gallery in Japan, or check out the Walking Chalk Gallery — where artists recreated famous art pieces in chalk — in World Showcase.

Walking Chalk Gallery at Epcot Festival of the Arts

Walking Chalk Gallery at Epcot Festival of the Arts

Workshops, Seminars, and Quick Study Sessions

In 2017, the Festival offered guests the opportunity to explore the Arts themselves through Complimentary Seminars and Quick Study Sessions as well as extra-ticketed Interactive and Premium Workshops.

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Complimentary Seminars

In 2017, Complimentary Seminars were available from 1:30 – 2:00 pm and 4:30 – 5:00 pm in the Odyssey Festival Showplace on Festival dates, with admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Topics ranged from Ink & Paint and Animated Films to Theme Parks, to Artisan Spice Blends and Tea Discovery, and beyond.

Odyssey Festival Showplace

Odyssey Festival Showplace

Refer to your Festival Passport for complete offerings for your weekend visit.

Quick Study Sessions

The Japan Pavilion hosted complimentary Quick Study Sessions on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 4:45 pm, and 5:00 pm. Topics included Calligraphy, Anime Drawing, and Orgami, among others.

Quick Study Sessions

Quick Study Sessions

Refer to your Festival Passports for complete offerings for your weekend visit.

Interactive Workshops

In 2017, Interactive Workshops took place in the Odyssey Festival Showplace. The price to attend a workshop was $39, and was bookable by calling 407-WDW-PLAY. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members were eligible for a 15% discount.

You can see the full list of offerings that were available in 2017 here to get an idea of what may be in store for the 2018 Festival of the Arts. 

Premium Workshops

In 2017, Premium Workshops were offered on Friday, January 27th and Friday, February 17th from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Odyssey Events Pavilion. The topic was Painting with a Disney Artist, and guests got to paint under the instruction of a Disney artist. The $259 fee included a bagged breakfast, and Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members were eligible for a 15% discount. The experience was bookable by calling (407) WDW-TOUR.

We’ll update the Premium Workshop information for 2018 as soon as it becomes available!

MORE FESTIVAL FUN

Additional Festival fun was in full force all over Epcot for the Inaugural Festival of the Arts in 2017!

Below are some of the additional Festival activities that were available in 2017. We anticipate much of this around-the-park fun will return for 2018, and we’ll keep you posted right here.

Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt

Are you bringing a little budding artist to the Festival of the Arts? In 2017, children (and adults!) were able to search for Figment by following clues provided through paintings strategically located around World Showcase.

Figment's Brush with the Master sign

Figment’s Brush with the Master sign

Guests visited Pin Central, Disney Traders, or World Traveler to purchase a map and begin their search. Upon completing the scavenger hunt, guests could head to Disney Traders with their completed map and receive a surprise!

Animation Academy

In 2017, Disney artists led drawing classes — check your Event Guide for more information!

Interactive Wall Mural

Leave your own artistic mark on Epcot!

Expression Section

Expression Section

In 2017, the Interactive Wall Mural at World Showcase Plaza gave guests the chance to paint their own small section of an interactive mural that was complete by the end of the weekend!

Interactive Mural

Interactive Mural

Photo Opportunities

“Picture yourself” in famous works of art at special Photo Op locations throughout Epcot!

Photo Op Station

Photo Op Station

Photo Op Station

Photo Op Station

2017 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Photo Opportunity 5

Photo Op Station

Event Merchandise

Be on the lookout for Festival of the Arts merchandise both in major shopping spots (such as Mouse Gear and Art of Disney) as well as pop-up Event merchandise kiosks. In 2017, plenty of the Inaugural Festival of the Arts merchandise featured Figment. Below is a small sampling of some of what was available.

2017 Festival of the Arts merchandise

2017 Festival of the Arts merchandise

2017 Festival of the Arts merchandise

2017 Festival of the Arts merchandise

2017 Festival of the Arts merchandise

2017 Festival of the Arts merchandise

Festival of the Arts Passport

Each of the six weekends of the Festival of the Arts will feature different entertainment, workshops, seminars, galleries, and more! Be sure to pick up and refer to the Festival of the Arts Passport available at Epcot during your specific visit to learn about all the offerings.

Festival of the Arts Passport

Festival of the Arts Passport

Back of the Festival of the Arts Passport

Back of the Festival of the Arts Passport

We’ll look forward to bringing you up-to-date information for the 2018 Festival of the Arts as soon as it becomes available!