Answers to Your A Taste of Panoply 2021 Questions

Where did the name Panoply come from? 

The word Panoply (pa-nə-plē) derives from the Greek “panoplia,” meaning, “a magnificent or impressive array.”

When is A Taste of Panoply Arts Festival?

The A Taste of Panoply 2021 Arts Festival will be held Friday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25, 2021. 


Friday, April 23
5:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday, April 24
10:00am – 9:00pm
(Art Marketplace closes at 7:30pm)

Sunday, April 25
11:00am – 6:00pm

Where is the festival held?

The A Taste of Panoply 2021 Arts Festival will be held in the heart of downtown Huntsville, Alabama at Big Spring International Park.

What is different this year compared to previous years’ festivals?

This year, Arts Huntsville is hosting “A Taste of Panoply,” a scaled-back version of the traditional annual Panoply Arts Festival. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival will not be ticketed, though we strongly encourage a $10 donation per adult dropped into the donation boxes placed at entrances – only the Friday Night Festival Preview event will be ticketed. There will be no Student Art Tent – there will be a Student Art Garden due to the fluctuation of the school year. There will be no in-park painting of the Panoply letters – these will be painted by art students prior to their arrival. There will be no hands-on activities or face painting – activities will all be takeaway or through live demonstration. There will not be three performance stages – only one, the Showcase Stage. There will not be two nights of fireworks – only Friday with rainout on Saturday if needed. There will be no Craft Beer Tent – purple cups will be allowed in the festival. There will only be 2 Entrances to the festival – Monroe Street by the VBC and Williams Avenue by the Huntsville Museum of Art.

How much are tickets?

Friday Night 

Arts Huntsville is offering limited tickets for the Friday Night Preview. Tickets are $20 and will be available until Friday, April 23rd at noon or until capacity is reached, whichever happens first. Should presale tickets reach capacity before the event, tickets will not be offered at the door. Should presale tickets not reach capacity before the event, tickets will be offered at the gates for cash only in the exact amount. All ages will need a ticket for the Friday Night Preview. Tickets are on sale at 

Saturday and Sunday 

On Saturday and Sunday, the festival will not be ticketed. However, we strongly encourage a $10 donation per adult dropped into the donation boxes placed at the two entrances.

What are your COVID-19 Precautions?

Masking Requirements

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 festivalgoers who do not have their own. Festivalgoers 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 festivalgoers will be asked to safely distance themselves from other parties as they listen to performers, shop the artists,d 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. 

Where should I park?

Parking for the A Taste of Panoply Arts Festival is available at numerous locations easily accessible to Huntsville’s Big Spring International Park. The City of Huntsville will open garages and lots around Big Spring Park for Panoply, striving to make the parking convenient to festival gates. Specific City facilities open for Panoply will be Garage M with entrances on Clinton Avenue as well as Church Street and Garage B on Fountain Circle. Lot K across from the Clinton Avenue Post office will be open for overflow. All city parking facilities will be staffed and have a fee of $10, and credit and debit cards will be accepted. The public is asked to use caution when parking in an unstaffed lot; private property owners can have vehicles towed. If a City lot is not staffed it is designated for another use and parking citations may be issued in that facility. Click here to see the weekend’s parking schedule and use interactive maps and street views for a better parking experience. All of the parking mentioned above is within walking distance of the Panoply Arts Festival in Big Spring International Park. Many other surrounding businesses will also open their parking lots for Panoply Arts Festival guests.

Do I need to bring anything to the festival and what should I leave at home?

Bring your favorite outdoor seating; both folding/camping chairs and blankets are permissible. Food and beverages are available through our many and varied vendors, and coolers and outside food and beverages are not allowed.  This year we will not be offering alcoholic beverages, therefore we will allow attendees to bring in a purple cup that is filled from their favorite local establishment. Strollers or small wagons are helpful for small children. You may want to bring sunscreen or a hat, and there are many opportunities to find shade in the Park. Please note that no pets or animals are permitted at the festival, with the exception of service animals accompanying handicapped individuals.

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