The Epcot Festival of the Arts is one of Epcot’s newer festivals at Walt Disney World and the best reason to head somewhere sunny during the winter months. If you’re ready to embrace this new wintertime Florida festival filled with artsy shows, art, and pretty food here’s our experience and what you can expect!
When is Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World?
The Walt Disney World Festival of the Arts happens every year at EPCOT between mid-January to late February. We love this festival simply because Florida weather is mild in the winter and we can really just stroll around the less crowded parks this time of year.
What is the Best Time to Visit Epcot Festival of the Arts?
As with all Epcot festivals you need to avoid weekends. This is key! The festival features arts of all kinds. Visual arts with art booths, very similar to what you would see at a traditional art fair. Performing arts feature the vocal stylings of many different artists as well as Broadway talent featured at America Garden Theater Stage. And then for the Foodie, you can experience very pretty food to with the Culinary Arts. Yum.
Does Festival of the Arts Cost Extra?
We’re happy to tell you that all Epcot festivals are included in the price of your Disney Park Ticket for Epcot. So, no, Festival of the Arts does not cost extra.
What’s the Best Way to Budget Food at Festival of the Arts?
Much like the Food and Wine Festival and Flower and Garden, the best way to budget your Disney spending is with a Disney gift card. Mainly because you decide the set amount and go from there. We do recommend against connecting your credit card to your MagicBand for these festivals if you can help it. 10 little dishes per person at 8 bucks each can add up fast. So determining how much each person gets ahead of time will help your Disney Budget.
Can I use the Disney Snack Credits at Festival of the Arts?
If you are on the Disney Dining Plan and have Disney Snack Credits to spare then Yes. Absolutely! We love stockpiling our snack credits for Festival days at EPCOT. And it’s a great way save some money. Just check for the Disney Dining Plan ( DDP) logo on the signs at each outdoor kitchen to see which dishes can be purchased with a Disney Snack Credit.
What is there to do at Disney Festival of the Arts?
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts features performance, culinary and the visual arts. From Broadway performances to Fine for your Disney home, there is a ton to experience at this festival.
International Arts Festival at Epcot | The Visual Arts
The visual arts, which includes art prints and original works. You can see chalk art on the sidewalk to art demos set to music(our favorite!). Everything is scattered throughout the World Showcase, so no matter where you turn there will be something artsy waiting. Prints and original works of art from artists around the world are available for purchase.
You can also meet some of the artists that are present and even have something signed. Now is the time to get that gallery wall piece you’ve been eyeing! This is a very experiential portion of the Festival. We enjoyed just browsing through the art tents and admiring the beautiful work of these talented artists!
Our favorite part of the Visual Arts parts of the festival is an interactive mural that Disney has set up as a paint by number. Just see the cast member at the front of the mural for your paintbrush and paint! The mural painting is only open to painters for part of the day. While we’re not sure this will be available every year, it was super fun to interact with the art.
International Arts Festival at Epcot | Performing Arts
The performing arts are covered with acrobatic artists at the fountain stage. And featured Broadway stars are found at the America Garden Theater Stage in the America pavilion. You can see different Broadway talent each weekend of the festival. There’s also a stage set up between the entrance of the World Showcase and Future World where you can listen to the vocal talents of different groups from orchestra to acappella.
This seemed like a great place to take a break and always seemed to have somewhat of a crowd. And even better, we were able to catch a pretty cool performance by an artist who painted to music! Super fun and really awesome to watch.
International Arts Festival at Epcot | Culinary Arts
As with all Disney Epcot festivals, there are food booths set up throughout the World Showcase. As these are not the centerpiece of the festival there are not nearly as many as you would expect to find at the Food and Wine Festival. However we found a pretty wide variety of foods, all which were works of art themselves. While we did notice price points slightly higher here than at the Food and Wine Festival we also noticed quite a few of the items were available as snack credits. If you’re using the Disney Dining Plan this is a great use of a snack credit as we saw some food items priced as high as $7.50. Score. Just look for the DDP snack credit notation.
International Festival of the Arts For the Kids
Similar to Remy’s Hide and Squeak during the Food and Wine Festival, the International Festival of the Arts has a scavenger hunt. The Arts Festival scavenger hunt is Figment’s Brush with the Masters. It will cost you $6.99 to buy the map and at the end of your hunt, you will receive a Figment magnet for your hard work.
Basically, you will travel around the world showcase and in each country find a painting with Figment. We enjoyed this game, however it was a little more difficult to get started than the Remy game. Figment is hidden really well, just about everywhere. I’ll give you a hint though- they’re inside the buildings, not outside. And you can sometimes find Figment near the Kidcot stops. However this wasn’t true 100% of the time. Another tip to remember that these are large Figment paintings, so if you don’t see it, it’s not there. Read our guide on visiting Festival of the Arts with Kids .
International Arts Festival at Epcot Photo Ops
In addition to the artwork throughout the World Showcase, there were several Photo ops where you can become part of the art! Oversized framed artwork serves as a backdrop for the photo and Photo Pass photographers are situated with each piece for ease of photo taking- we didn’t take advantage of this but a lot of people seemed to be having a good time with it!
Epcot Festival of the Arts Review
Overall we really loved the International Festival of the Arts and think its a great addition to Epcot’s lineup of festivals. With great food, a great vibe and lots of beautiful and fun artwork to peruse, we think this is a great event for art and Disney lovers alike! You find more about Epcot Festival of the Arts Menus, Tips, and Merchandise in on our Festival of the Arts page.