Festival Plaza is a gathering place in Old Town Lafayette on Public Road and Chester Streets. It is home to festivals, summer storytime, and summer concerts. The fountains will be on from 10 am to 8 pm daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day. The fountains may be turned off during scheduled events.
Reserving the Plaza and Starkey Building
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Festival Plaza A Reservation Request Form must be completed and approved to hold an event at Festival Plaza. Festival Plaza may be reserved only for events open to the public.
The Starkey Building, which is located directly north of Festival Plaza. The building is available for meetings, and other private functions during regular business hours Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. A fee of $25 will be charged per use.
A Reservation Permit is required to hold an event at either location. Permits will be emailed upon approval of your Reservation Request Form. All Festival Plaza and Starkey Building reservations are handled by the Arts & Cultural Resources Department at The Collective Community Art Center. For questions, please call 303-661-1260.
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.
"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.