FAQ

1Where is An Occasion for the Arts?
An Occasion for the Arts (AOFTA) takes place in Merchants Square in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg.
2When is AOFTA?
The 2020 in-person festival has been cancelled but we are planning a virtual event and will release details and dates soon!
3How much does it cost to attend?
AOFTA is a free, volunteer run Festival.
4Where can I park?
There are many available lots in and around Merchants Square:

Prince George Street Parking Garage 230 N Henry St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Public PARKING 306 S Henry St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center 101 Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23185 There is a $2 shuttle from the Visitor Center to AOFTA

5How do I volunteer?
If you would like to sustain quality art in Williamsburg, join us as a volunteer.
6How do I become a featured artist at AOFTA?
If you are an artist or performer interested in participating, apply today!
7How can my business sponsor AOFTA?
If you would like to have your business become a sponsor of AOFTA please use the Sponsor Form. We look forward to hearing from you!
8I need more information or have another question.
If you are looking for info about the festival please take a look at our Festival Guide. For info about the Williamsburg area please check out the Local Resources page. If you have more questions please contact us today!

It is with sadness that we share the difficult decision made by the AOFTA Board of Directors to cancel the 2020 An Occasion for the Arts.

This decision was made after weeks of careful deliberation about the challenging and evolving impacts of COVID-19, and was informed by the recently published Phase 3 Guidelines of the Governor of Virginia.

The free and un-gated access to the show simply would not allow us to provide the proper environment for safe physical distancing and adherence to the Governor's Guidelines. Health experts are warning of likely outbreaks this fall because of the strength of the virus and the lack of public compliance with rules about social distancing and other safety actions. We are confident this is the best decision to ensure the safety of artists and the safety of our community.

We will postpone the event until next year and plan to celebrate the 52nd An Occasion for the Arts on October 2 and 3, 2021.

All accepted artists to this year's show will be posted to this website (aofta.org) in August 2020. We are considering holding a virtual event in the fall. More about this later.