Winter Park, FL — If you’re a cultured motorcyclist in Central Florida — and even if you’re not cultured, nor a motorcyclist for that matter — it’s worth taking a ride to downtown Winter Park this weekend. After the organized chaos and noise of last week’s 10-day Bike Week,  this is a great place to stroll, people-watch, take in some artwork, and relax. 2011 marks the 52nd annual edition of the event, one of the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor art festivals.  The festival attracts over 350,000 visitors during its three-day run. This year 225 artists were selected to participate (out of 1,200 applicants), competing for 62 awards in 14 categories, including a $10,000 prize for “Best in Show.”

In addition to some incredible artwork, there are food vendors, a beer garden and entertainment, and downtown Winter Park offers a multitude of sidewalk cafés, bars, and restaurants.  Show hours are 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday and Saturday (3/18 and 3/19)  and 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday (3/20).

So even if your preferred artwork tends more toward chrome and leather than oil and canvas, Winter Park’s Sidewalk Art Festival is a great opportunity to relax, unwind and maybe pick up a little culture along the way!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.wpsaf.org/CMS/



About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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7 Comments
  1. Danica Stone

    September 22, 2011

    This can also be perfect for art lovers. The exhibit of different art collections is a haven for art enthusiast. Even though I’m not a motorcyclist nor an art enthusiast I would still love to go there.
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  2. Grace

    March 20, 2011

    Wow Florida IS pretty happening. For some reason, I only always think about Miami and Orlando.
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 20, 2011

      There’s definitely a lot more here than Miami and Orlando, Grace!

  3. Cathy Sweeney

    March 19, 2011

    Sounds like fun and looks like some interesting artwork there in Winter Garden. I like the sculptures in your photos.Not sure about that giant ice cream cone though.
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 20, 2011

      Love the giant ice cream cone, even though it was part of the food area!

  4. inka

    March 19, 2011

    Art festivals make my heart beat faster. I’d love to visit this..next year when I’m back in Miami.
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 19, 2011

      You’ll love this festival, Inka. And Winter Park has a really nice downtown with an almost European feel.

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