Event Schedule:

Thursday July 23: Opening
Preview Party : 7PM - 11PM : $5 (Media Guest List Free)

Friday July 24:
Gallery Hours : 10AM - 4PM : $5
DJ Dance Party : 7PM - 11PM : $10

Saturday July 25:
Gallery Hours : 10AM - 4PM : $5
Kids Maker Event: 11AM- 2PM: $5 includes gallery
Cardboard Concert Series : 7PM - 11PM : $10

Sunday July 26:
Kid's Fringe Cardboard Camp : 10AM - 12PM : $1
Gallery Hours : 10AM - 4PM : $5

Where and When

SoDo Shopping Center
South of Downtown Orlando
S Orange Ave & Grant St
Orlando, FL 32806

July 23rd through July 26th, 2015

Diverse Artforms

2015 will mark the 3rd annual Cardboard Art Festival in Orlando presented by TheDailyCity.com. This exciting event is a celebration of all things cardboard and showcases how this ordinary medium can be used in extraordinary ways! The festival spans 3 days and 4 nights, with each night featuring something new.

This diverse exhibition will showcase artworks ranging from all shapes, sizes and genres. Previously we have  featured a wide range of works such as large interactive cardboard sculptures (i.e. hanging marionette puppet and a full-sized space car) and wearable cardboard art (dinosaur masks) to small whimsical pieces. We are excited to see what diverse and creative pieces this year brings!

Art for Sale

This event is a juried exhibition with a fully equipped sales desk and curation team. Earlier events have brought crowds in the thousands over the course of the weekend and last year’s event had over $1200 in art sales.

The Daily City and Mark Baratelli

Mark Baratelli, publisher of TheDailyCity.com, loves creating new events for Orlando. Along with the Cardboard Art Festival, Mark has created The Food Truck BazaarNight Market, Mobile Art ShowOrlando Improv Festival, and Audience Choice Awards. He was named an Orlando Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award Winner in 2012. The Orlando Weekly said about Mark, "If everyone in Orlando who claims to care about the arts had 1 percent of Baratelli’s energy and commitment, this city would be a world culture capital." That same newspaper named him "2011 Best Local Advocate" and "2010 Best Arts Advocate."

Your Curators

Brendan O'Connor is an import from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada and a graduate of Rollins College where he focused on Environmental and Growth Management Studies. He has a quilt-like resume comprised of event/festival planning, puppet construction/performance and instruction, illustration work, landscape architecture, and public art instillation.

Christie Miga studied at Savannah College of Art and Design, Valencia Community College and UCF. Her art has been seen throughout Orlando in various shops, boutiques, restaurants and galleries including the Orlando Museum of Art. She has been seen creating her paintings live at Blank Space Art Lounge, The Cameo Theater, on the cover of the 2011 United Arts Annual Report and at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival.

Previous Festival Photos!

Dog Powered Robot


In 2013 the creators of Dog Powered Robot had 13 cardboard robots on display and a special cardboard Space Racer car they built just for the festival. The robots rocked out with Andy Matchett and The Minks on the final day of the festival.

Last years creators were awesome!


photo credit: Tisse Mallon — Some of last years creators include Orlando's Adriaan Mol, Christie Miga, Evan Miga, Nathan Selikoff, Doug Rhodehamel, Banjo Bob, Hio Oih, Mark Baratelli and Brendan O'Connor.

Something for everyone!


Eat, drink, dance, talk with artists, buy art, watch a concert, interact with the art, make new friends, marvel at invention. The Daily City Cardboard Art Festival has it all!