Panoply Arts Festival

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Panoply Arts Festival
Panoply Arts Festival Logo.jpg
Status Active
Genre Arts festival
Frequency Annual
Venue Big Spring Park
Location(s) Huntsville, Alabama
Coordinates 34°43′37″N 86°35′16″W / 34.72694°N 86.58778°W / 34.72694; -86.58778Coordinates: 34°43′37″N 86°35′16″W / 34.72694°N 86.58778°W / 34.72694; -86.58778
Country United States
Years active 34
Previous event April 24–26, 2015
Next event April 29–May 1, 2016

The Panoply Arts Festival is an annual three-day celebration of the arts in Huntsville, Alabama. The first festival opened on May 14, 1982. The outdoor festival celebrates the arts with a wide array of performances, exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

Panoply is a production of The Arts Council, Inc., with sponsorship by Huntsville-area businesses and volunteer support from up to as many as 2,000 people each year. The festival is held annually the last full weekend of April in downtown Huntsville's Big Spring International Park and Von Braun Center.

Over the years, Panoply has evolved into one of the region’s largest festivals, featuring activities and events like the "Global Village" – a gateway to the area’s diverse cultures – to children's make-n-take activities to the "Official Alabama State Fiddling Championship," "Homegrown Talent Contest," and "MOVA Songwriters' Competition." Panoply has had record attendances of over 100,000 in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The Southeast Tourism Society ranked the festival among their "Top Twenty Events".

The 2011 festival was cancelled because of the April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak.[1]


  1. ^ Cure, Sarah. "Panoply Arts Festival canceled, food vendors helping city". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 

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