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Festival of the Arts to bring thousands of visitors to downtown Oklahoma City this week

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans from all walks of life will be heading to downtown Oklahoma City throughout this week for the 2016 Festival of the Arts.

Beginning Tuesday, residents can browse through the paintings, drawings, pottery and photographs of 144 artists in one location.

In addition to browsing through booths, festival-goers can also partake in everything from appetizers to desserts as 31 vendors bring their specialties to International Food Row.

Also, nearly 300 entertainers of all ages will take one of three stages at the festival to showcase their talents.

Organizers say thousands of Oklahomans are expected to visit the festival this year, which means parking close by could be a struggle

Downtown Discovery buses will take visitors from Embark parking garages to Bicentennial Park during all six days of the Festival of the Arts.

Embark will also be extending their evening hours to accommodate passengers traveling to and from the festival.

Guests may also take a Chesapeake Energy CNG shuttle at the Bob Howard parking lot. The shuttle will arrive at the lot every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the festival.

The Festival of the Arts will take place April 19 through April 24 in downtown Oklahoma City at Bicentennial Park, which is directly in front of the Civic Center.

The event runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is free but pets are not allowed.