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The City of Arkadelphia and the Arkadelphia Festival of the Arts (AFOTA) Planning Committee are excited to announce the third annual AFOTA will be held October 13 and 14, 2023 in Downtown Arkadelphia.

Arkadelphia’s premier event, AFOTA strives to bring together musical, visual and culinary talent from across the region in a celebration of art.

“AFOTA is, and always will be, this beautiful melting pot of art,” City Manager Gary Brinkley said. “The paintings, sculptures, music and food – Each year may look a little different, but celebrating art and the artists who create it will always be our primary focus.”

This year, event coordinators plan to create more interactive experiences for AREA families and children. DAY 2 OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BEGIN WITH A SERIES OF FREE, EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS FESTIVAL-GOER’S CAN PARTICIPATE IN.

“The first part of day 2 (Saturday) features free workshops designed specifically for children,” Brinkley said. “We’re working out the details now, but I can tell you it will be a great, fun way for kids to learn about different kinds of art, get their hands dirty and potentially leave their mark on Arkadelphia.”

The past two AFOTA’s brought thousands to Southwest Arkansas. As the event enters its third year, event coordinators are confident this will be the most well-attended AFOTA yet.

Stay updated on all things AFOTA by following the festival’s official social media channels, @AFOTA23, or visit

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