Live music, fine arts and food trucks are all part of the mix for AdaFest, an annual celebration of the area's art and music.
This year's AdaFest will be even more exciting than previous celebrations, said Brad Jessop, director of the school of fine arts at East Central University and chairman of the AdaFest committee.
“It's going to be the biggest and best one we've had so far,” he said Thursday. “Certainly in the past four years.”
The event will run from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Aug. 25 on Main Street in downtown Ada. The 100 block of South Rennie and the 800 block of East Main Street will be blocked off for the festivities, so people will need to pay attention to the traffic on East Main.
Admission to AdaFest is free, but there will be a small fee for those who buy snacks from the food trucks or visit the beer garden.
Organizers have paired nonprofit organizations with Main Street businesses for AdaFest, Jessop said. Starting at 10 a.m., the nonprofits will set up shop along Main Street, where they will distribute information about their services and try to engage the community in what they are doing.
Kids activities, including a Ninja course and pop-and-play, will be available from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. along Main Street. A roller derby demonstration will also be part of the day's activities.
People seeking a break from the heat can enjoy live music at The Grandview, Sessions or Dave's Music Store from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
For-profit vendors will sell crafts and other merchandise in the 200 block of East Main Street from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Starting at 4:30, the action will move to Centennial Plaza at East Central University. Patrons may park in any of ECU's parking lots except for the lot immediately north of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center and the lot just north of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.
Eighteen food trucks, 10 artists, three bounce houses and a splash pad for kids, and a beer garden for adults will all be available at Centennial Plaza. People who attend the evening's activities are asked not to bring coolers to the plaza.
The Connor Hicks Tribute Band will begin performing at 4:30 p.m. on the main stage, followed by musicians Justin Logan, The Billy K Band and Cody Canada and The Departed. Canada and his band are the headliners this year.
People can duck into Hot Shots Coffee House, Vintage 22 or Perfect Blend Coffee House starting at 4:30 p.m. for more live music. Altogether, 46 bands will be performing on multiple stages.
“All of whom have local connections," Jessop said. "I think that's amazing.”
The festival will wrap up at 9:30 p.m.
AdaFest's sponsors include Jessop, Ada Nissan, the Chickasaw Nation, First United Bank, the HMA Foundation, the law office of James R. “Rob” Neal, Redland Childers, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Vision Bank and John and Karen Hudson.