An Occasion for the Arts Announces Artist Lineup and New Events for First Weekend in October

Williamsburg, Va. (Aug. 2, 2017) -- An Occasion for the Arts (AOFTA), an annual fine art and music festival, will take place in Williamsburg, Virginia from Oct. 6 through 8, 2017. AOFTA is free and open to all.
The list of performing artists was recently announced and can be viewed, along with the weekend's schedule, lists of artists and youth art, at
This highly anticipated annual event is in its 48th year. It was founded in 1969, and provides an inspiring celebration of visual and performing arts in and beyond Merchants Square of Colonial Williamsburg. The juried show brings the work of talented fine artists, local youth artists, and lively performing artists together for an event that offers something for everyone to enjoy. Live performances are held both days on two stages, and the popular food court provides a culinary taste of fall.
New and notable events for the weekend include:
Kickoff pARTy, Friday, Oct. 6 from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m.
In partnership with CultureFix, the second annual Kickoff pARTy will feature music by Davina and the Vagabonds. Beer, wine and snacks will be sold, and there is an opportunity to contribute to a community painting and table art provided throughout the event. Displaying artists will be there as well mingling with the crowd. $20 in advance (with one drink ticket) or $25 at the door.
Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Presents "Symphony at the Movies: Harry Potter, Star Wars, Trolls and More!" Kimball Theatre (428 W Duke of Gloucester Street), Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
Designed to be both entertaining and inspiring, Symphony at the Movies offers familiar music to be enjoyed by the whole family.
Williamsburg Book Festival, Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Stryker Center (412 North Boundary Street)
The 2017 Williamsburg Book Festival will be headlined by bestselling author Kathryn Aalto, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, A Walk through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood. Other events include a book fair, workshops, presentations and panels. More information at
In addition to hosting outstanding artists from around the country, the event features an exceptional youth component. AOFTA provides both space for talented youngsters to display their work, as well as a stage to perform and, in partnership with Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, a place for youngsters to create their own artwork.
"It is a gem of our community, on display each year for one weekend in October, An Occasion for the Arts," said Leo Charette, executive director of AOFTA. "I get excited thinking that on Oct. 6-8 over 140 gifted artists will travel to our historic village to share their creations and hopefully inspire each of us to purchase a piece to enjoy year round. This year, we will have a mix of local and regional artists, but some artists will travel for days, coming from 21 US states plus Israel and Canada. I hope everyone will be able to come out and support this cultural weekend."
AOFTA is made possible through the generosity of many dedicated volunteers and sponsors, including Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, who are providing support as this year's presenting sponsors.
Volunteers make this weekend possible and are needed for check-in, carrying artwork, setting up tents, answering questions, bringing lunches and manning the booths so the artists can have a break. Individual volunteers or teams from churches, businesses and organizations are welcome. Visit or more information.
About An Occasion for the Arts
An Occasion for the Arts, a 501c-3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1969 to provide Williamsburg with an arts extravaganza. Since then it has grown, year by year, to become the area's premier art and music festival. The all-volunteer Board of Directors dedicates an enormous amount of time and talent year-around to produce the event. More information is available at Follow the event on Facebook or on Instagram at An Occasion for the Arts.
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