A world of creativity and imagination will be revealed at the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival featuring 200 world-famous animators, trendsetting indie creators, cosplayers recreating favorite animated characters, live entertainment, and much more on San Fernando Boulevard between Burbank Town Center and the Holiday Inn on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19 with extended hours from 11am to 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.
The Downtown Burbank Arts Festival brings together groundbreaking digital and special effects animators selling their personal work, along with inventive artisans selling handmade housewares such as candles and ceramics, fashion and accessory designers, body products, and visual art for a one-of-a-kind festival experience unique to Southern California. Annually attracting more than 20,000 attendees, all are invited to experience the creative process, mingle with artists, and browse more than 400 shops and restaurants in Downtown Burbank.
New this year is the Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair, which will be curating the festival’s 100 indie craft exhibitors. Los Angeles-based Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair specializes in uniting local culture with high-quality artisans that are carefully selected for the ultimate in handmade shopping experience.
The Creative Talent Network will once again anchor the popular animation portion of the festival with the CTN Road Trip. The Road Trip will unite more than 100 visual effects, videogaming, character designers, illustrators, and storyboard artists for the fourth straight year.
In addition to discovering hundreds of exclusive artworks on display, the festival offers the rare opportunity to interact with top artists from the world of animation, enjoy cosplayers from books and films, join in a Doodle Run, attend Storytime and artist showcases, explore virtual worlds, engage with roaming musicians, participate in a Career Camp for promising young artists, and share experiences online via @jackalopeartfair, @creativetalentnetwork and @downtownburbank for the chance to win special prizes.
Downtown Burbank Arts Festival Highlights
DOODLE RUN at the CTN Road Trip
Back by popular demand, grab a map or a doodle deck of cards from the CTN Road Trip booth and take it to all the CTN animation artists to collect original doodles. Keep the map as a souvenir, and be entered to win free passes to the CTN animation eXpo held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, November 21-24, 2019.
CREATE YOUR OWN TOTE BAG at the Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair
Block print your own custom Jackalope tote bag with Distill Creative. Choose from a variety of themed stamps and letters to customize your own reusable tote bag, then fill it up with artsy finds at the fair.
STORYTIME READING ROOM at the CTN Road Trip
Listen to stories and see live demonstrations from top animation artists reading from their books, including:
• Walt Disney Studios Artist Showcase and Animator Benson Shum reading “Go to Sheep” and “Holly’s Day at the Pool.”
• Art Director Andy Harkness from Sony Animation reading “Bug Zoo.”
• Concept Artist with Walt Disney Imagineering Nikkolas Smith reading from “My Poofy Hair and That’s Ok.”
• Character Layout Artist on The Simpsons for Fox Television Animation Tina Kugler reading from her series of books "Snail & Worm."
TOTE BAG GIVEAWAY at the Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair
Jackalope Arts will be giving away free tote bags to the first 25 guests per day who post a photo of a unique purchase they found at the fair and tag @jackalopeartfair on Instagram. Visit the Jackalope Arts information booth to claim your tote.
CAREER CAMP at the CTN Road Trip
For anyone interested in entering the field of animation, stop by the Career Camp at the CTN Road Trip to meet the pros and hear about how to jumpstart your career. Give your child the chance to show his or her own skills at the creation station for drawing and creating flip books.
STRIKE A POSE at the Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair
Celebrate spring by taking a photo in front of a large paper flower wall by Colorfully Crafted & Plum Creations or check out and pose in front of the large mural by live artist Jen Swain!
ROAMING MUSICIANS throughout the festival
Acoustic musicians will be roaming the festival performing tunes for guests as they shop their way through the event.
EXPLORE DOWNTOWN MURALS throughout the festival
Festival attendees are welcome to check out the murals in Downtown Burbank paseos and inside businesses and take pictures of their favorite murals to share with the hashtag #DTNBUR.