Grammy-nominated folk musician John Fullbright will be the featured performer at the revitalized AdaFest set for Saturday, Aug. 29, in the Ada Arts District.
AdaFest is free and open to the public.
The music festival begins at 5 p.m. and runs to midnight and will include musicians from the Happyland Music Alliance, the Native American flute-centric group Injunuity and the Oklahoma City-based punk-pop band Haniwa. Each of these performances will be in 30-45 minute sets with Fullbright’s performance to cap off the evening.
AdaFest was a popular festival in Ada that died out in the early 2000s. Through major support from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts, the festival will be revamped into a music and arts-focused festival in the heart of the arts district.
In addition to the music, food trucks, visual artist booths, kids’ activities and a beer garden will round out the evening’s festivities.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to this free festival, as well as their appetites. Food trucks with numerous offerings, such as Indian tacos, hot dogs, sliders, nachos, ice cream, Italian ice, numerous desserts and more, will be an affordable and tasty option for dinner.
Attendees of AdaFest of the past will be pleased to see day-long activities taking place on downtown Main Street, including the sale of the ever-popular Strawberries Newport by the Ada High School Couganns, live music, food vendors and a car meet. There will also be a $500 cash drawing. The pre-fest will occur from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. before the music and art festival in the Arts District of Ada commences at 5 p.m.
AdaFest was made possible in part from the generosity of local organizations, such as East Central University, the Chickasaw Nation, Ada Nissan, Ada Arts Council, Ada Rotary and Sunrise Rotary, Ada Main Street, Ada Chamber of Commerce and the East Central University Foundation.
For more information, visit adafestoklahoma.org or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AdaFests.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Pre-Fest Downtown Main Street 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10 a.m. Blood Institute Begins Drive (located in front of Vision Bank at Main & Broadway)
Merchants & Non-Profit Fundraisers Open (*see list below)
Car Meet begins in the 300 block of East Main Street
Bryson Vann performs in Juliana Park
10:40 a.m. Zach Garcia performs in Juliana Park
11:20 a.m. The LAZY SUZNS perform in Juliana Park
Noon Pandamonium performs in Juliana Park
1 p.m. Moloko Litso performs in Juliana Park
2 p.m. HMA Outcast performs in Juliana Park
2:30 p.m. Blood Drive Ends
3 p.m. Mandala performs in Juliana Park
4 p.m. Live Entertainment ends in Juliana Park
4:30 p.m. Head to ECU Plaza for Art, Food and Entertainment
**Location of Participating Merchants and Non-Profit Groups:
The 3Day Event selling Pink Ribbon Products and Water at The Quart House
Ada High Band conducting face painting at Wiggles to Wisdom
Ada High Baseball Boosters selling snow cones and soft drinks and hosting a “Guess Your Speed” pitching activity at Ada’s Just Because
Ada High Couganns selling Strawberries Newport at Serendipity on Main
Ada High Soccer Boosters selling Hamburgers and Hot Dogs at Steppin Out
Ada High Soccer Boosters conducting a Car Wash at Vision Source
Ada Soccer Club allowing kids to register for fall season and shooting goals for goodies at Landrum Chiropractic
The Bundle Up Club conducting a Bake Sale at Hot Shots
Byng Band Boosters selling Popsicles at Brown’s Shoe Fit
East Central University Rotaract Club selling lemonade, water and soda at Farm Girl Boutique
First Christian Church conducting a Bake Sale at Simple Things
First United Methodist Church Youth selling baked goods at the District Shirt Shop
Hair Mojo doing hair braids and fairy eyes at Gem Jewelers
H2O selling Cotton Candy at H2O
The Kiwanis Club of Ada selling Chances on Yeti Merchandise at the Diamond Shop
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ada selling Shaved Ice at Ada Boot & Saddlery
Oklahoma United selling Ice Chest Tea and Cinnamon Roasted Nuts at Main & Rennie
Perfect Blend giving free “Ada Fest Blends”
Pontotoc County Democratic Party conducting Voter Registration and selling t-shirts at Twenty-Five Trading Co.
The Refuge hosting a free throw competition and providing water
South Central Roller Girls selling Team Merchandise at Scraptopia
Sunshine Kids selling chances on a ’57 Chevy at Black’s
Young Professionals of Ada (YPA) selling Chicken Express Sweet Tea at Rustic Ridge
**Have your shopping cards marked at each of these merchants and enter a drawing to win $500 cash!
AdaFest 5 p.m. to midnight
5:00-5:30 p.m. Lemon Tie
5:45-6:15 p.m. Dirty Derringer
6:30-7:00 p.m. Rowdy Folk
7:30-8:00 p.m. The Dudes
8:30-9:00 p.m. Haniwa
9:30-10:15 p.m. Injunuity
10:45-11:30 p.m. John Fullbright