Festival Plaza is a gathering place in Old Town Lafayette on Public Road and Chester Streets.The Plaza is a series of four smaller interconnected plazas each designed with features to promote various events. It is home to festivals, summer storytime, summer concerts, and an outdoor cinema. Starting Memorial Day, the fountains will be on from 10am to 8pm daily until Labor Day. Note that the fountains may be turned off during scheduled events.
Reserving the Plaza and Starkey Building
A Reservation Permit is required to hold a meeting at the Starkey Building, which is located directly north of Festival Plaza in Old Town Lafayette. The Building is available for meetings, and other private functions during regular business hours Mon-Fri 8 am to 5 pm. A fee of $25 will be charged per use. All Starkey Building reservations are handled through the Arts & Cultural Resources Department at The Collective Community Art Center. For questions, please call 303-661-1260.
A Reservation Permit is required to hold an event at the Festival Plaza. Festival Plaza reservation requests are handled through Arts & Cultural Resources Department at The Collective Community Art Center. For questions, please call 303-661-1260.
or can be submitted online. Festival Plaza may be reserved only for events open to the public.
Little Free Library
Take a book! Leave a book! Festival Plaza is home to a new Little Free Library sponsored by the Library Board, built by Bill Cameron and painted by Braydon Durfey. The mini-Alley Art was painted by Sarah Spencer.
Little Free Library
Art on the Street
The Public Art Committee has created a rotating, outdoor, sculpture program in Old Town Lafayette. Started in 2008 with 8 sculptures, Art on the Street has grown to 20 sculptures on loan. Each year the Permanent Public Art Collection has grown. The City now has 32 permanent sculptures and 20 on loan each year.
"Sea Beast" by artist Dave Richardson Location: West side of Festival Plaza Medium: Cast Bronze
Part of 2018 Art on the Street, this piece won People's Choice award and was selected for purchase by the Public Art Committee to join the permanent collection. www.daverichardsonart.com
"Nap Time" by Ed Gauss. This sweet bear laid down for his nap in the 2014 Art on the Street program and is now part of the permanent public art collection. It was purchased by the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority.
"Boat of the Universe" by Kimmerjae Macarus. Boat of theUniverse first landed in Festival Plaza in 2015 as part of Lafayettes art on loan program, Art on the Street. After a brief hiatus, the boat is now a permanent fixture in Festival plaza. This sculpture is carved from Glacier Granite from Salida.
"Imagination" by Lucas Loeffler. Originally in Art on the Street 2009, this is Loeffler’s second piece in the city's permanent art collection. It was inspired by the way in which reading can take us away to far away places.
"Billy" by Artist Dimitry Domani
Billy was part of Art on the Street 2017. He was purchased by the Lafayette Public Art Committee to stay at Festival Plaza and remain part of Lafayette's Permanent Sculpture Collection.