Are you ready to get in touch with your inner-artist? Then you’ve come to the right place. In this entry in our Guide 2 Epcot Festivals, we are covering everything you need to know about the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. EPCOT’s newest festival only runs for a few weeks, which is tiny in comparison to EPCOT’s Flower & Garden Festival or Food & Wine Festival. But there is so much to do and see at the Festival of the Arts, so be sure not to overlook it!

If you’re visiting Disney World early in the year, this festival is a wonderful opportunity to try some crazy inventive food, meet some incredibly creative people, and witness art that might spark your imagination.

Table of Contents

  • Festival Dates
  • What is the EPCOT Festival of the Arts
  • What to Do
  • Food Studio Menus
  • EPCOT Festival of the Arts Tips

When is the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts?

January 14 – February 21, 2022

What is the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts?

The EPCOT Festival of the Arts is a celebration of creativity, music, and, well, art! It’s no wonder that Journey Into Imagination’s Figment is the mascot of this festival. From inventive food items to Disney-inspired art, imagination is everywhere at this EPCOT festival. You could meet the artist behind your favorite piece of Disney merchandise, see Broadway performers, or make your own masterpiece at interactive demonstrations.

Like all EPCOT festivals, you need admission to EPCOT in order to experience the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. Many of the experiences are included in the price of your park admission, but there are some experiences that cost extra.

What to do at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Free Activities

Animation Academy - Epcot Festival of the Arts Guide

Animation Academy: Located at America Gardens Theatre daily at 12:30 and 1:30. Learn how to draw a Disney Character. This is the same activity as the art class at Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Animal Kingdom, and one of our favorite Free Things at Disney World.

Top 5 Things to Do at Epcot Festival of the Arts - Disney World

Photo Ops: Get ready to pose for a unique and art-inspired picture. Put yourself in some of history’s greatest masterpieces, such as Mona Lisa, The Scream, or Washington Crossing the Delaware.

  • An homage to Frida Kahlo – Mexico Pavilion
  • Birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli, Italy Pavilion Courtyard
  • Café Terrace at Night and Sunflowers – Vincent van Gogh, Bridge to World Showcase
  • Luncheon of the Boating Party – Pierre-Auguste Renoir, International Gateway
  • Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci, Between Italy Pavilion and Germany Pavilion
  • Peter Pan Storybook – Bridge to World Showcase
  • The Scream – Edvard Munch, Between Italy Pavilion and Germany Pavilion
  • Washington Crossing the Delaware – Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, The American Adventure Pavilion

DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series: Located at American Gardens Theatre daily. Enjoy some of the most memorable numbers from Disney’s Broadway musicals, performed by genuine Broadway stars. Check the My Disney Experience app for showtimes.

  • Arielle Jacobs (Aladdin) and Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) – January 14, January 16 – 17, January 20 – 21
  • Kerry Butler (Beauty and the Beast) and Telly Leung (Aladdin) – January 15, January 18 – 19, January 22 – 23
  • Heidi Blickenstaff (Freaky Friday, The Little Mermaid) and Robert Creighton (Frozen) – January 24, January 26 – 27, January 30 – 31, February 3 – 4
  • Kara Lindsay (Newsies) and Dan DeLuca (Newsies) – January 25, January 28 – 29, February 1 – 2, February 5 – 6
  • Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan) – February 7, February 9 – 10, February 13 – 14, February 17 – 18
  • Kissy Simmons (The Lion King) and Michael James Scott (Aladdin) – February 8, February 11 – 12, February 15 – 16, February 19 – 20
  • Special Performance – February 21, 2022 – “Give a standing ovation for an extended finale featuring Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, Kissy Simmons and Michael James Scott!”

Artist Galleries: Throughout the merchandise locations throughout EPCOT, you can see amazing art and actually meet the talented artists behind the work. Merchandise is also available for purchase. For the full artist lineup and each location, check Disney’s official Festival Artist Appearance schedule.

  • ACME Archives – Glimpse mesmerizing artwork inspired by the entertainment industry.
  • Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions- Feast your eyes on magnificent artwork inspired by timeless Disney animation.
  • Disney Art Festival Market – Enjoy artwork featuring a variety of artistic styles and media created by Disney Cast Members and visiting artists.
  • James Coleman Studios – See artwork created by a former Disney animator—now bringing his magic to spectacular pieces you can enjoy at home.
  • POP Gallery – View one-of-a-kind works by innovative artists, showcasing a variety variety of styles and subject matter.
  • Thomas Kinkade Studios – Behold enchanting paintings of classic and timeless Disney stories.
  • WonderGround Gallery – See favorite Disney characters and themes brought to life with inventive styles.
  • Wyland Galleries – Discover depictions of Disney and nature by world-renowned artists in a variety of distinctive styles.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Guide - Expression Section

Expression Section: A Paint by Number Mural: Want to put your own mark on the EPCOT Festival of the Arts? Participate in this massive collaborative paint by numbers mural, located in World Nature and open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM. Seeing these huge murals come together is one of the coolest parts of this festival.

Character Chalk Art: Masterpieces can be found everywhere! Look around World Showcase (especially on the ground) for chalk art created by skilled artists, featuring Disney characters like Abu and Jiminy Cricket.

Kid’s Chalk Art: Roll up your sleeves, kick up some chalk dust, and create some art with the whole family. Located by the Land in World Nature from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Drawing on Inspiration: Celebrating 50 Years of Magic: Located in World Celebration near Creations Shop, take in art depicting the best Walt Disney World attractions as illustrated by Disney Imagineers.

Art Defying Gravity: Witness thrilling acts of strength and acrobatics by some amazing performers. Check the My Disney Experience App or the Festival Guide for performance details.

Paid Activities

Figment’s Brush with the Masters: One of our favorite things to do at every EPCOT festival is the scavenger hunt. For Figment’s Brush with the Masters, head to Port of Entry, Creations Shop, or World Traveler to purchase the map and stickers. Look out for Figment-themed picture frames at each World Showcase pavilion, and look for Figment hiding inside the famous work of art. Then match the corresponding sticker with the location on your map.

Once you’ve filled out the whole map, head to Disney Traders or World traveler to claim your prize! – 9.99 plus tax.

Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine: Enjoy 5 colorful and artistic dishes at different Food Studios, and earn an additional treat to enjoy at the end. Collect a stamp after each purchase in your Festival Passport. Once you’ve collected all 5 stamps, go to Deco Delights for your reward.

Let Them Eat Cookie - Epcot Festival of the Arts

Here are the items you need to buy, as well as the reward.

  • Red: Blood Orange-braised Beet Carpaccio with Mustard Vinaigrette, Pickled Clamshell Mushrooms, Golden Beets and Crostini – located at Gourmet Landscapes
  • Green: Deconstructed Key Lime Pie featuring flexible Key Lime Curd, “Key Lime” Mousse, Graham Cracker Cake and Meringues – located at The Deconstructed Dish
  • Yellow: House-made Chorizo and Potato Empanada with Turmeric Aïoli and Annatto Aïoli – located at Vibrante & Vivido: Encanto Cocina
  • Orange: Pan-seared Scallops with Vanilla-Butternut Squash Purée, Brown Butter Cauliflower Purée and Lime Foam – located at The Artist’s Table
  • Pink: Vanilla Donut with Strawberry Sugar, Strawberry Ice Cream, Fresh Strawberries and Strawberry Gelée – located at The Donut Box
  • Reward: The Artist Palette Cookie

Purchase Festival Merchandise

Throughout EPCOT, you can purchase merchandise exclusive to the EPCOT Festival of the Arts, including a spirit jersey, mug, tote, and trading pins. The viral star of the festival so far is the Figment Popcorn Bucket, available for purchase at the Pop Eats! Food Studio, near Port of Entry.

Figment Popcorn Bucket - Epcot Festival of the Arts

You can find the Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket at Pop Eats!

Food Studio Menus

Epcot Festival of the Arts Food Studio Menus

As with every EPCOT Festival, one of the big draws is being able to try different delicious dishes throughout the park at food booths. The EPCOT Festival of the Arts is no exception, and the food lineup is no slouch either. Here are the different culinary works of art you can purchase and try for yourself at this year’s Festival.

Pop Eats! (Near Port of Entry)

Food Items:

  • Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
  • Tomato Soup with Bacon, Apple, and Brie Grilled Cheese (New)
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with raspberry jam and Belgian chocolate
  • Pop’t Art: Modern-designed sugar cookie with chocolate-hazelnut filling
  • Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket with Rainbow Popcorn (Limit 2 per guest) (New)

Beverages:

  • Hazy IPA
  • Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary

The Deconstructed Dish (Near Port of Entry)

Epcot Festival of the Arts Food Studio Menus - The Deconstructed Dish

Food Items:

  • Deconstructed BLT: Crispy pork belly, soft-poached egg, brioche, watercress espuma, and tomato jam
  • Deconstructed French Onion Soup: Beef broth ravioli, Gruyère espuma, onion bread pudding, and onion textures (New)
  • Deconstructed Key Lime Pie: Flexible Key lime curd, “Key lime” mousse, graham cracker cake, and meringues (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Green) (New)

Beverages:

  • Deconstructed Apple Pie à la Mode: Apple-cinnamon gelato, cinnamon apple cider, apple pie filling, and streusel (non-alcoholic) (New)
  • Brown Ale

Deco Delights (Near Port of Entry)

Food Items:

  • Dulce Chocolate Mousse with chocolate crémeux and dark chocolate truffle (New)
  • Decadent Valrhona Chocolate with dark chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie, and cassis mousse (New)
  • Orange Mousse with lemon cake and raspberry meringues (New)

Beverages:

  • Strawberry Blonde Nitro
  • Vanilla Porter
  • Milk Stout
  • Neapolitan Beer Flight

The Craftsman’s Courtyard (near Disney Traders) (New)

The Craftsman’s Courtyard - Epcot Festival of the Arts Menus

Food Items:

  • Cast Iron-roasted P.E.I. Mussels with Sautéed Tomatoes, Garlic, and Fresh Herbs (New)
  • Cast Iron-seared Steelhead Trout with parsley salad, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, capers, and lemon aïoli (New)

Beverages:

  • Wheat Beer
  • Chardonnay
  • Rosé
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Wine Flight

Refreshment Outpost

Food Items:

  • Plant-based Bratwurst with spicy turmeric aïoli, coffee barbecue jackfruit, and slaw (Plant-based)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • Blue Raspberry Blonde Ale
  • Nairobi Coffee Dark Beer
  • Brown Ale

Pastoral Palate (Germany)

Food Items:

  • Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes, and aged balsamic
  • Wild Boar Cassoulet with duck confit, ham hock, and wild boar sausage (New)
  • Opera Cake: Almond joconde, coffee buttercream, and chocolate ganache

Beverages:

  • Rosé Hard Cider
  • Rosé Blonde Ale
  • Frozen Rosé
  • A Play on Rosé Flight
  • Old Vine Rosé

The Artist’s Table (America)

Food Items:

  • Beef Wellington: Mushroom duxelle, prosciutto, and puff pastry with red wine demi-glace and baby vegetables
  • Pan-seared Scallops with vanilla-butternut squash purée, brown butter cauliflower purée, and lime foam (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Orange)
  • Pistachio Cake with cherry mousse and morello cherries

Beverages:

  • Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, milk, and dark chocolate (non-alcoholic)
  • White Ale
  • Amber Ale
  • Brown Ale
  • Pinot Noir
  • Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Cream liqueurs paired with Sipping Chocolates
  • Beer Flight

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)

Food Items:

  • Carrots Three Ways: Berbere-spiced grilled carrots, pickled carrots, and carrot ginger purée (Plant-based) (New)
  • House-made Crispy Almond Phyllo Pockets with white chocolate pomegranate and milk chocolate orange (New)

Beverages:

  • Chai Tea Mint Mimosa: Twinings of London Chai Tea with Key lime sparkling wine and mint
  • Sangria Hard Cider
  • Chai Hard Cider
  • Berry Hard Cider
  • Cider Flight

Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina (Between Morocco & France)

Vibrante & Vívido Encanto Cocina - Epcot Festival of the Arts Menus

Food Items:

  • House-made Chorizo and Potato Empanada with turmeric aïoli and annatto aïoli (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Yellow) (New)
  • Spicy Ajiaco Soup with guajillo and árbol chili-spiced chicken, potato, avocado, corn, and crème fraîche (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (New)
  • Passion Fruit Mousse with Dragon Fruit Jam (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)

Beverages:

  • Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie (non-alcoholic)
  • Frozen Piña Colada
  • Passion Fruit Daiquiri

Refreshment Port (Near Canada)

Food Items:

  • Gnocchi Poutine with red wine-braised beef, cheese curds, basil, and burrata (New)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • Blood Orange Cosmo: Vodka with blood orange, cranberry, and lime (New)
  • Hard Cider

The Donut Box

The Donut Box - Epcot Festival of the Arts Menus

Food Items:

  • Vanilla Donut with strawberry sugar, strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries, and strawberry gele (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Pink) (New)
  • Inside Out Donut: Vanilla donut with Bavarian cream (New)
  • Chocolate-dipped Donut with black and gold sugar sprinkles and chocolate buttercream ((New)

Beverages:

  • Rosé
  • Cold Fashion Coffee Cocktail

Gourmet Landscapes (Canada)

Food Items:

  • Blood Orange-braised Beet Carpaccio with mustard vinaigrette, pickled clamshell mushrooms, golden beets, and crostini (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Red) (Planted-based) (New)
  • Roasted Bone Marrow with onion marmalade, pickled mushrooms, mache lettuce, and bone marrow snow (New)
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings, and Zinfandel Reduction

Beverages:

  • German Lager
  • Cuvée Sparkling Wine
  • Merlot
  • Frozen Rusty Nail Cocktail

L’Art de la Cuisine Française (France)

L’Art de la Cuisine Française - Epcot Festival of the Arts Menus

Food Items:

  • Crème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm creamy brie in a house-made bread bowl
  • Croissant à la Truffe Noire d’Hiver: Black winter truffle croissant served warm
  • Mousseline de Bisque de Homard Froide, Brioche Feuilletée à l’Aneth: Chilled lobster bisque mousse served with dill brioche (New)
  • Moelleux aux Noisettes et Chocolats Valrhona: Molten chocolate and hazelnut cake with pure origin Valrhona chocolates

Beverages:

  • Frozen French Martini: Vodka, black raspberry liqueur, pineapple, orange, and grape juice with lemon-lime foam
  • French Rosé Sparkling Wine
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sparkling Chardonnay

El Artista Hambriento (Mexico)

Food Items:

  • Huarache Verde: Cilantro huarache with cochinita pibil, fresh pineapple, and pickled onion (New)
  • Carne Asada: Seared beef tenderloin, grilled queso fresco, refried beans, scallion, and ranchera salsa (New)
  • Taco de Chocolate: Chocolate candy shell filled with Mexican chocolate mousse with a touch of chile topped with seasonal fruit (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)

Beverages:

  • Mexican Craft Beer: Crafted with citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean seawater
  • The Lily: Blanco tequila, violet essence Infusion, rose petal liqueur, cranberry, and lime juice
  • Smoky Raspberry: Blanco tequila, rosemary-infused mezcal, ginger cordial, lime juice, and rosemary aroma

Goshiki (Japan)

Epcot Festival of the Arts Food Studio Menus 3

Food Items:

  • Chicken Kushiage: Breaded and fried chicken with yum yum sauce and vegetables (New)
  • Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped sushi featuring salmon, tuna, shrimp, cucumber, and sesame seed over a decorated plate of wasabi aïoli, sriracha, and eel sauce

Beverages:

  • Winter Ale
  • Sake in a traditional personalized wooden cup
  • Niseko Flurry: Sake, rum, white cranberry juice, blue curaçao, and lime juice (New)

The Painted Panda (China)

Food Items:

  • General Tso’s Chicken Shumai
  • Char Siu Pork Bun

Beverages:

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic milk tea with black and white boba (non-alcoholic)
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
  • Eastern Dynasty: Vodka, light rum, strawberry syrup, piña colada mix, soda water, and magic boba pearls
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, triple sec, mango syrup, orange juice, and soda water
  • Sea Butterfly: Butterfly pea flower-infused cocktail with vodka, light rum, lychee syrup, magic boba pearls

L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy)

Food Items:

  • Arancini: Fried risotto balls stuffed with braised-beef and served with pomodoro sauce (New)
  • Ravioli alla Boscaiola: Sweet sausage ravioli, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and creamy Parmesan sauce (New)
  • Bomboloni: Chocolate-hazelnut Italian doughnut with powdered sugar (New)

Beverages:

  • Peroni Pilsner
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Red Sparkling Wine
  • Moscato
  • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello
  • Amaretto Bellini: Amaretto, White Peach Purée, and Prosecco
  • Bergamotto: Rosolio Liqueur, Prosecco, and Olive

Funnel Cake

  • Cherry Blossom Funnel Cake: Chocolate chip funnel cake topped with cherry ice cream, rainbow whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a maraschino cherry (New)

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • World Discovery (Near Mission: SPACE) – Mocha Masterpiece Cold Brew: A sweet creamy cold brew topped with whipped cream and chocolate puffs
  • Canada – Colorful Canvas Cold Brew: A sweet creamy cold brew topped with whipped cream and fruity cereal
  • World Showcase (Near Disney Traders) – Cinnamon Swirl Cold Brew: A sweet creamy cold brew topped with whipped cream and cinnamon squares
  • The American Adventure – Rainbow Dreams Cold Brew: A sweet creamy cold crew topped with whipped cream and colorful marshmallow crunch

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Tips

Grab a Festival Passport: At the entrance of the park next to the park maps, you’ll be able to find Festival Passports. These handy guides have vital information, and they are a great souvenir. Get them stamped at each Food Studio to mark your progress of dining around the world.

Interested in the scavenger hunt but don’t want to pay for it? You can participate in Figment’s Brush with the Masters without an official map. Just look out for the Figment-themed picture frames at each World Showcase pavilion, and then find Figment inside the famous work of art. You write down which Figment goes in each pavilion, create your own checklist of each country, or you can just keep a mental note as you go through the World Showcase. You won’t get the official map, stickers, or the prize for finishing, but those items aren’t fully necessary for enjoying finding Figment.

Enjoy food and avoid crowds. As with other EPCOT Festivals, the food booths are a huge draw for locals who flock to EPCOT on the weekends. To avoid the sea of humanity that the World Showcase becomes, visit EPCOT during Monday-Thursday. Crowds also tend to be lightest at the Food Studios when they first open, which is typically 11 am. If you dine during off hours, you can avoid lines.

Reduce waste while dining more comfortably. Finding spots to dine throughout the festival can be a challenge. That’s why it’s a pretty common sight to see people using trash cans as impromptu tables. You can easily pack a few items to help your EPCOT festival dining experience as well as reduce waste, such as a travel food tray, a reusable set of utensils, and a reusable metal or silicone straw (who likess paper straws anyway?).

Have any questions about the EPCOT Festival of the Arts, or your own advice to share? Let me know in the comments below!