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It’s all happening! “A Taste of Panoply” returns to Big Spring Park for 2021


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It’s all happening! “A Taste of Panoply” returns to Big Spring Park for 2021

  • Save the date for April 23-25!
  • Scaled-down event to encourage social distancing
  • Great music, food, & art in Big Spring Park!
artwork for Panoply Arts Festival by Jahni Moore

Since its first year, in 1982, a central focus of the Panoply Arts Festival has been to spark the imaginations of kids and kids-at-heart. While the festival has grown over the decades to include more live music and more visual artists, Panoply Arts Festival is still a place where families are invited to tap into their creativity and get inspired together… but this year, things look a bit different. Here’s what’s in store at this year’s “A Taste of Panoply” (aka Panoply Arts Festival) April 23-25, 2021!

A Taste of Panoply Festival Preview on Friday

The ticketed “A Taste of Panoply” Friday Night Festival Preview event provides festival-goers with the first opportunity to shop Panoply’s Art Marketplace while also enjoying the musical talents of Huntsville’s own Lamont Landers Band followed by the evening’s headliners The War And Treaty. The award-winning duo has performed with Mumford & Sons, toured with Jason Isbell and will be opening for John Legend on multiple tour dates this summer.

Also Friday evening, the Panoply tradition of Military Salute Night continues! All active-duty military and Armed Forces reserves, along with their dependents, are welcomed to the park for a FREE evening of entertainment thanks to the generosity of Dynetics.

Panoply’s Friday night closes with a celebratory fireworks display!

(Attendees should note that Panoply’s STEAM Street and Creativity Corner activities will not be open to the public on Friday evening.)

Panoply Arts Festival
Hands-on demonstrations will looks a bit different in 2021.

Activities on Saturday & Sunday

STEAM Street celebrates our community’s innovative spirit by bringing together the principles of science, technology, engineering, ART, and math. This year it will feature an art of science microscope exhibit, live demonstrations, and takeaway STEAM activities including hovercrafts, creative catapults, and binary beads.

Strolling Characters: Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to see characters and dancers from their favorite local arts organizations strolling through the park for socially-distanced photo opportunities.

Creativity Corner will offer an in-park art scavenger hunt and takeaway art activities for kids and families to create at home or with their family while social-distancing at the festival.

Panoply Letters: The arrival of the giant letters announcing Panoply signal the start of the festival. This year’s Panoply letters will be finished artworks created by UAH art students designed to provide fun festival photo opportunities in the park throughout the weekend. In previous years, the public painted the letters during the event, but due to Covid-19 precautions, the letters will arrive pre-painted.

Panoply Festival Food is always a draw! Enjoy creative culinary creations alongside the diverse array of art and music as the festival will also showcase 13 regional food trucks and vendors.

Differences You Might Notice in 2021

  • The popular Panoply Face Painting Tent and multiple in-park, hands-on activities will not be offered in 2021. These activities will return to Panoply in 2022.
  • While Panoply typically offers three performance stages, the 2021 “Taste of Panoply” will feature only one stage – the Showcase Stage at the Huntsville Museum of Art.
  • The popular Panoply Student Art Tent will not be included in this year’s festival as area students have had limited access to traditional art classes in the 2020-21 academic year. The Student Art Tent will return in 2022.
  • All STEAM and art activities will be offered as takeaway activity bags or through live demonstration only.
  • Panoply’s 2021 fireworks show will be held Friday night only. In previous years, Panoply fireworks have been offered on both Friday and Saturday evenings.
Panoply Arts Festival
Panoply pics from the past…

More “Taste of Panoply” Fun

Live Music!

With 15 local and regional bands and musicians performing this year, #ATasteofPanoply2021 is your place to experience the variety of talent in our regional music scene – from R&B to Southern rock and everything in between.

Pro-Tip: Festival patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to sit on to enjoy the lineup of performers. Panoply is “festival seating” around the stages & performance spaces.

Friday Music Lineup: The ticketed “A Taste of Panoply” Friday Festival Preview event kicks off with the Lamont Landers Band. Closing out the evening is Nashville-based headlining act The War And Treaty. The dynamic husband-and-wife duo were named emerging artists of the year by the Americana Music Association and were featured on the Today Show and at the 2021 Rose Bowl Parade Spectacular. The War And Treaty has previously performed with Mumford & Sons, toured with Jason Isbell and will be opening for John Legend on multiple tour dates this summer.

Saturday Music Lineup: Saturday on the Showcase Stage features local and regional talent throughout the day including the following acts: Tyler A.K., Them Damn Dogs, WANDA, Joe Cagle, DMRSoul and Lana White. Saturday night, the Unique Live Band will open for the headlining act The Vegabonds, who will close out the evening with a night of Southern rock music. The Alabama-born, Tennessee-bred group of five musicians released their fifth studio album “V” in 2019 and have previously opened for acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the late Gregg Allman.

Sunday Music Lineup: On Sunday, “A Taste of Panoply” celebrates a day of Alabama Music, featuring a full-day lineup of artists from North Alabama with the following acts: Cotton and Clover, Alan Little and the Giants, Ally Cat and the Stray Dogs, Midlife Chrysler and The Beasley Brothers to the Showcase Stage.

Fireworks & Food

Friday night ends with a stunning fireworks display! This is the only night there will be fireworks this year, so be sure to grab a Friday night ticket!

Enjoy creative culinary creations alongside the diverse array of art and music as the festival will also showcase 13 regional food trucks and vendors all three nights.

The Panoply Arts Festival is an annual Huntsville tradition!

What Families Should Bring to Panoply

You can spend all weekend in Big Spring Park at Panoply, and with kids in tow you’ll need to come prepared.
DO: Strollers or small wagons are helpful for small children.
DO: Sunscreen is NOT optional at Panoply! Don’t forget sunglasses and a hat!
DO: Bring a light jacket for the breezy bits in the morning and evening.
DO: Your folding lawn chairs & blankets. The whole event has festival seating, which means there are limited chairs available and you should bring your own to be comfortable or be prepared to stand.
DO: Cash for parking.

Leave these things at home.
DON’T: Please note that no pets or animals are permitted at the festival, with the exception of service animals.
DON’T: Food and beverages are available throughout the festival, and coolers and outside food and beverages are not allowed. Panoply does permit parents to bring in baby food and formula for their little ones.

Covid-19 Precautions for 2021

Masking Requirement: In order to mitigate risk and adhere to best practices, “A Taste of Panoply” is currently planned as a masked event. Masks will be available at the entry gates and at a variety of stations throughout the park such as the Information Booth, STEAM tent and Creativity Corner for those who do not have their own.

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Guests will also be encouraged to enjoy their food and drink while seated in the park. The Festival’s mask policy will be updated based on current CDC, State and County guidelines and best practices at the time of the event.

All visual artists will be provided with sanitizer, and attendees will be asked to sanitize their hands prior to handling artwork. Additionally, sanitizer stations will be located throughout the park, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

Huntsville’s Big Spring Park is a large outdoor space, and guests will be asked to safely distance from other parties as they listen to performers, shop the artists and enjoy festival food.

Capacity Limits: Big Spring Park provides 12.5 acres for festivalgoers to spread out while enjoying Panoply, and the event has not experienced overcrowding since the park area was renovated in 2017. Arts Huntsville and area public safety partners will monitor the park capacity throughout the festival. In the event the park reaches capacity based on existing social distancing guidelines at the time of the festival, incoming festivalgoers will be queued at the entry gates until other attendees have exited the area.

A Taste of Panoply Event Details

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Where: Big Spring Park (map)

When: Friday, April 23 from 5-9 PM
Saturday, April 24 from 10AM – 9PM (Art Marketplace closes at 7:30)
Sunday, April 25 from 11AM – 6PM

Ticket Cost
Friday Night Preview Event: $20 – reserve yours now, online only!
Saturday & Sunday: FREE with a suggested $10 donation if you are able
Kids 12 and under get in free!

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