“This is the tenth year of the festival – what we call a Decade of DCAF,” said Barrett Elder, Marketing and Communications Manager for Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports. “Adding a day allows us to have more bands, so we have more good music for folks to enjoy. Expanding the festival also drew some artists that we would not have gotten otherwise.”
Elder added that nearly half of the 87 artists participating in this year’s festival are from out of town, and there are 25 new artists.
Artisans travel from across the state and country to share their unique talents with the Tuscaloosa community. From shopping to soap making, the variety of arts at DCAF will keep attendees busy for hours. With locally-sourced food, one-of-a-kind art pieces, hands-on crafts and ready-for-adoption furry friends, organizers say every member of the family will find something to love.
“Each year, we have tried to add new and different entertaining elements to DCAF to make it fun for our patrons,” Elder said. “The fact that it remains a free event is a factor as well. People can bring their families to the festival, look at great art, let the kids do fun stuff in the Kids’ Zone, and listen to good music without having to spend a fortune.”
For artists participating in DCAF, there’s lots to love.
“I love that we are supported by our community. We buy fruit from our local farmers, we produce our product locally, and local businesses sell and cook with our products,” said Laura S. Clark, owner of SweetHomeChicago, who is participating for the fourth year. “Then we get to participate in DCAF, a local event. We love promoting Tuscaloosa.”
“My favorite part of the event is meeting with other artists and being inspired by their creativity,” said Alabama-based artisan Joe Goodson, who specializes in wood work and glass work. “The music is awesome as well.”
This year’s musical acts include the Matt Jones Band, Graystone, UA Acabellas, the 4G Band, members of the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre, DrumNation, Blue Cats, and Rabbit Branch. Live acts will take the stage both Friday night and Saturday.
The Druid City Arts Festival will be held at Government Plaza April 5-6. On Friday, the festival runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The festival kicks off again at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and it wraps up at 5 p.m. The event is free, so attendees can come and go as they please, or take breaks to enjoy the other things to do downtown.
“We will have more art, more music, more food, and more fun things to do than ever,” Elder said. “We are very excited.”