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Buda Arts Festival

2024 Buda Arts Festival
& Plein Air Painting Competition
September 17
 - 21



Live, outdoor, plein air painting competitions, busking musicians, film screenings, art demos, artisan markets, artist meet-ups, kids' activities, and dance performances fill the week! There's something for everyone! While most of the festival is FREE, events on the Festival Schedule that require TICKETS are marked with a 🖌️.


The Buda Arts Festival, originally named the Buda Plein Air Festival, was created in 2020 by Inspired Minds Art Center to bring the community together outdoors, through art, in a mindful, healing, and celebratory way during a time of social restrictions, fear, and anxiety. Over the years, it has grown from a 1-day painting and music festival to a 5-day celebration of all-thing-arts! Check out the SCHEDULE.

2023 Buda Arts Festival Recap

Buda Arts Festival

What does plein-air mean??


[ pleyn-air; French ple-ner ]


  • Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.” -

2023 Plein Air Competition

1st Place

Shea Daniel-Youngblood - “Brian's Idea”

2nd Place
Larisa Anaya - “Summer Rain”

3rd Place

Celeste Perez Smith - “Dancing Silhouettes”

Honorable Mentions

Katie Lydecker

Tom Afflerbach

Ben Ortiz

Theresa Vincent

Theresa Vincent

Gena Destri

Jim Street

Jim Street

Mike Clark

Shea Daniel-Youngblood

Renee Barnes

2023 Quick Draw winners

1st Place

Shea Daniel-Youngblood - “Park on Main Street”

2nd Place

Tom Afflerbach - “Over/Under”

3rd Place

Sean Allen - “Gallery in Motion”

Honorable Mention:

Joy Bliss

Lori Sons

Larisa Anaya

2023 Festival Fine Art Show

People's Choice

Lauren Drew Barros - "ÁGUA VIVA"


Judge's Choice

Karen Ramsey - "Magnificent Loneliness"

Honorable Mention

Raylee Schobel

Terry Slater