A Pro’s Guide to Panoply Arts Festival



Buy your tickets in advance

We suggest you buy your tickets in advance. You can do this online by clicking here. Weekend passes are just $18 in advance online (You must purchase these before Friday, April 28, at 4:00 p.m.). If you wait, you can purchase individual day passes $10 at the gate (day passes are also available online in advance for $10).  When you buy your ticket in advance, you will get through the line faster!


Remember that kids 12 and under are always FREE!


Pack your stuff

There are a few things you should bring with you. It may sound a little crazy, but bring sunscreen and a poncho. Yes, you may need both. We admit that the weather is unpredictable at the end of April, so be prepared for anything.  If you really don’t want to bring raingear, you can always buy a poncho at one of the Panoply Stores. Please note that outside food and drink and pets are not permitted in the festival. Enjoy the local food vendors for your dining pleasure! Strollers or wagons for little ones can be helpful for navigating around the festival as well!


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Another very important thing to remember is that Panoply has festival seating. This means you need to bring your own chairs or blankets for the stage areas. There are three stages, so bring something that is easy to carry.



Grab a Festival Guide

Make sure you grab a Panoply Festival Guide as soon as you get through the gate. This guide has a map of the park, including a list of all performances, artists at Art Marketplace (102 of them!), food vendors and interactives. It is small enough to fold and fit into a pocket, but large enough to read easily.


Panoply with Children

If you are bringing your children to Panoply, you are going to have a BLAST, and they will too! There are so many great interactives at Panoply that are FREE for everybody. You are going to collect a lot of works of art from your children (and the young at heart).


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We recommend that you bring a bag to carry these masterpieces or stop by one of the Panoply Stores and buy a Panoply souvenir bag. Remember that interactive activities aren’t just for kids – you can do them too!

Panoply volunteers will put a wristband on each child with your cell phone number on the INSIDE. Don’t forget your cell phone and make sure it’s charged.  Take a picture of your children so you can remember what they are wearing. If you and your child are separated, be sure to turn the phone ON in case a designated Panoply team member is trying to call you.


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If you can’t find your child, go to the Lost Kids Tent just across from the Info Booth near the American flag for assistance, or find anybody in a bright lilac colored shirt with a radio.



Asking for Help

If you have questions while you are walking around Panoply you can always ask somebody in a bright shirt to help you. Each year we depend on over 100 Panoply volunteer chairpersons to help make Panoply happen. We wear bright colored shirts on purpose, so you can easily identify somebody to answer your questions.


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You can always stop by the Information Booth located near the American flag if you have any questions. (This year’s volunteer shirt color is lilac).



Enjoy the Festival!

Our best advice for first timers is to just take your time and walk around and enjoy everything. There is nothing more special than seeing Big Spring International Park transformed into this fantastic arts festival. Don’t forget that Friday and Saturday evenings end with a fireworks show!


Panoply 2017 Highlights:

Music Headliners (3 Stages):

  • Friday April 28- Good Vibe Nation, Unknown Lyric, and Nashville’s Humming House
  • Saturday April 29- the Secret Sisters, the Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Sunday April 30- Mambo Gris Gris, Amy McCarley, and Microwave Dave and the Nukes

Check out the full weekend lineup here.

Community Unity Art Project:

This interactive public art project UNITY is a huge community built structure that simultaneously ties together everyone’s individuality in a sense of community. Festival attendees will use colorful yarn to create the UNITY installation during the Panoply festival to create one beautiful web. The UNITY project has been created in several countries all over the world, celebrating a strong community’s diversity through the form of art.

Exclusive Panoply Beer:

The Panoply Craft Beer Tent returns to the festival featuring craft beer from all over the Southeast! This year, Straight to Ale has partnered with Panoply to create a special beer for the festival. The Honeysuckle Blue can be purchased during the festival or at a few local restaurants and bars around town.

Interactives (Just to name a few):

  • Musical Math-Defense Acquisition University
  • Physics of Pirouettes- Huntsville Ballet Company
  • Art Huntsville Mars Magnets- Avadian Credit Union
  • Zaney Sculptures- Parkway Place Mall
  • Face Painting- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Create and Learn about Hovercrafts- Huntsville HAL5 Society

Learn more about Panoply’s STEAM and hands-on interactives here.










  • tina says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I’ve come now for 5 or 6 years and I get just as excited as my first time. The fireworks are amazing. Don’t miss them! Great community event.

    • Jessica Carlton says:

      Hi Tina,

      We love this post from Lisa and The Arts Council, and we’re very excited about Panoply 2015! Thanks for reading iHeartHsv.com!


  • Judy ryals says:

    What great tips for bringing our grandkids with us!

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