The Druid City Arts Festival’s (DCAF) goal is to provide a quality arts and music festival, while also educating, engaging, and inspiring both youth and adults about the arts and humanities within the Tuscaloosa community. Throughout the years, many "undiscovered" artists who are now in textbooks, galleries, and museums have exhibited at DCAF.
DCAF strives to showcase work of exceptional quality and creativity by artists in a variety of areas, which include: contemporary art and sculpture, contemporary craft, traditional/heritage craft, and folk/self-taught artists.
This year, we have decided to honor this celebration of art, music, and food with a two day festival. Friday, March 31 beginning at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 1, at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All artists are required to stay at their booth for the entirety of the two days. We look forward to having our long-time artists and "undiscovered" artists exhibiting at DCAF 2023.
HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL
The Druid City Arts Festival began as a vision from several Creative Campus freshman students at the University of Alabama, which was to create a festival that promoted the appreciation of the arts, culture, and community in Tuscaloosa. Turning their dream into a reality, the first DCAF took place in 2010 and has continued since. In 2013, a full line-up of musicians performed every hour during the event, 60 artists displayed a variety of work, and approximately 7,500 attended throughout the day.
As the students’ senior year approached, they knew that they had created a staple event in the Tuscaloosa community and wanted to ensure that the festival would continue for years to come. Along with Creative Campus, Tour De Tuscaloosa, who hosted their first cycling race in 2006, formed a partnership with DCAF upon its founding in 2010. In 2013, Creative Campus partnered with Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports in an effort to make DCAF a long-standing event. After four successful events, the number of attendees increased when nearly 12,000 people attended the festival in 2015. In 2016, we had over 13,000 in attendance to watch musical acts, theatre productions, and over 90 different exhibiting artists.
Tuscaloosa looks forward to continuing to provide West Alabama with a quality music and arts festival that is free to all who attend; in 2023 DCAF will feature educational demonstrations, children’s art activities, music, and food concessions.