After a 10th anniversary event in 2019 that attracted 30,000 art lovers to Bradley Fair Parkway, Wichita’s Autumn & Art returns this fall virtually to offer three days of free art-themed fun for all ages. The 11th annual alfresco fine arts event is being dubbed Autumn & Art: An Online Art Fair.

From Sept. 18-20, you can view and purchase original art in a variety of media while enjoying entertainment and art-inspired family fun. Here’s what to expect with this year’s event.

Online Access

  • Access Autumn & Art: An Online Art Fair via the Autumn & Art website. Festival hours are similar to past in-person events: 6 to 9 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.

Art

  • There will be 75 artists: 52 artists selected after evaluation by a panel of expert jurors competing for cash awards totaling $7,000 and another 23 artists who have been juried into, and have shown, at past Autumn & Art festivals.

  • Invited artists show and sell original work in a variety of media: ceramics, digital, fiber, glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, wood, two-dimensional mixed media and three-dimensional mixed media.

  • During festival hours, visit the artists by video chat and shop their booths. Watch the website for a schedule of artist demonstrations, too.

  • Every year one artist or artist team is selected as the event’s Featured Artist for the season. This year’s team is Michael and Mary Ann Robinson, who collaborate as M. Robinson. They create an abstract line of textural and vibrantly colorful artwork, which you can see featured on the official festival post (available for purchase at The Frame Shop in Bradley Fair and at the online festival).

Family Fun and Entertainment

  • Many of the art-themed activities and games for all generations popular on the parkway will be available online. Look for this programming on Saturday and Sunday. There will be sessions of inspired art activities by Mark Arts, designed for at-home creative learning. Artie’s Art Adventures will offer online, interactive games, photo opportunities and activities for kids.

  • In addition to visiting with the artists by video chat and shopping their booths, attendees can enjoy a variety of entertainment, including music, dance, theater, artist demonstrations, mixology tutorials and educational videos throughout the weekend.

Patron Party

  • Organizers are able to keep Autumn & Art free with the help of local business sponsors as well as patrons, individuals who pay support the event financially. In place of an in-person patron party, Wichita Festivals is offering a beautifully-appointed party-in-a-box with gourmet food from Bella Luna, Newport Grill and YaYa’s EuroBistro; a choice of wine, beer and spirits or non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive entertainment; and patron gifts, including a limited-edition face mask and a poster of this year’s featured artwork. Wine and whiskey pulls are available as an add-on. The Autumn & Art Patron Party-in-a-Box is $100 per person and will be delivered to patron doors in the early evening on Friday, Sept. 18. Reservations are required by Tuesday, Sept. 15 by calling Wichita Festivals at (316) 267-2817 or online.

  • In addition to becoming a patron, you can also support Wichita Festivals, the nonprofit that runs Autumn & Art by purchasing items such as notecards, posters and masks from their online shop found on the website.

Find more fall festivals in Wichita happening this year.