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Phoenix Festival of the Arts kicks off today

The Phoenix Festival of the Arts is bringing three days of live arts, entertainment and vendors to Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix, on December 12-14. Admission to the three-day festival is free and events are family-friendly. The events will be running on Friday from 12-8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The festival is a great way for people to view, appreciate and purchase art from over 125 exhibitors, or even to get involved in the Phoenix arts community by participating in The Phoenix Mural, a community art project organized by artist Hugo Medina.

Hensley Beverage Company is presenting a beer and wine garden for the festival in addition to food truck vendors including Waldo’s BBQ, Short Leash Hot Dogs, Cold Stone Creamery, Satay Hut, 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, Mamma Toledo’s, Cactus Corn and more.

Other vendors include art vendors selling everything from photography to ceramics to jewelry, in addition to the live performances and entertainment.

On Friday from 3:15 to 8 p.m. mainstage entertainment will have Keli Rutledge, Scott Baker, Shaye Jennings and Lee Perreira performing in that order.

Saturday performances will run from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and will feature, in order, AZ Music Project- Variety Show, Phoenix Children’s Chorus, Levi Waskom, Flamenco del Sol- Spanish Olé, The Blue Goats, Adam Smith, Banana Gun and Captain Squeegee.

Shows on Sunday are running from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and artists are Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, Desert Sounds Mariachi, India Showcase, Donald Harrington, Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers and Japhy’s Descent, in order.

A new feature to the festival this year is Third Street Theater programming, a series of mini festivals occurring at the Phoenix Center for the Arts Third Street Theater.

Third Street Theater’s programming is on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15. Dance, Dance Saturday is taking place there from 1-4 p.m. and showcases young local dancers working with local dance companies to create a show. From 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, the film Netherbeast Incorporated, a hit at the Phoenix Film Festival, and the short film it was based upon, will be shown and a producer/writer will be in attendance.

Sunday’s Third Street Theater feature is Infuse-Open Mic, with sign-up at 5:30 p.m. and the event running from 6-9 p.m. Any artists looking to get some experience or express their creativity through performance is invited to come perform for other attendees of the festival. On Sunday from 2-5 p.m. the third annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts Poetry Slam is happening, where slam poets from all over Arizona come to show off their poetic skills and compete for cash prizes.

With an anticipated crowd of 10,000 or more parking is sure to be tight, and the festival is offering several park and ride locations throughout the Valley, a complete list of which is available on their website. There are also bike racks available and limited parking at the Phoenix Center for the Arts and 1st and 2nd Streets and the festival is easily accessible by light rail.

The Festival is sponsored by Lou & Evelyn Grubb, Arizona Community Foundation, APS, Hensley Beverage Company, City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation, Arizona Humanities and many more.

For more information, precise timing of performances and the location of park and ride spots, go to phoenixfestivalofthearts.org, or get additional information by emailing info@phoenixfestivalofthearts.org  or calling (602) 254-3100. More information can also be found on the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for Phoenix Festival of the Arts. 


Phoenix community mural

Phoenix Festival Of The Arts To Feature More than 80 Artists, Performers [VIDEO]

Come and enjoy three days of live entertainment and several art vendors, as well as food, wine and beer as the City of Phoenix celebrates the inaugural Phoenix Festival of the Arts.

More than 80 artists and performers will be featured at the festival, along with several beverage bars for all ages, and 14 food trucks with a variety of cuisine. Sugar Thieves, Dry River Yacht Club, Phonetic Spit Poetry Slam, Turkish Folk Dance and more are scheduled to perform at the festival. For the entire line-up of live entertainment, visit phoenixfestivalofthearts.org/entertaiment.

Join City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton as he announces the inaugural Mayor’s Arts Awards at the event. Stanton is the Honorary Chair of this year’s festival and will choose from the nominees who will be selected by a community panel. All nominees will be determined and announced on Friday, November 30.

Admission is free to the festival, which will take place on December 7-9 at Hance Park in Phoenix. The City of Phoenix estimates more than 20,000 art enthusiasts and Phoenicians will join in the festivities.

Born out of the annual holiday arts sale, the festival will host a vendor line-up doubling the amount participating artists. The festival’s kick-off will coincide with the Downtown Phoenix First Friday Art Walk.

The goal of the event is to showcase the Phoenix art culture and unify the local arts community in the Valley.

One of the event’s highlights will be the making of a Phoenix community mural. All guests are invited to join more than 80 local artists in creating the mural by painting panels located throughout the festival. When the panels are completed and arranged, the community mural will measure longer than 1,000 feet.

Children are welcome to the event as well and can participate in the Kidz Korner. Children can enjoy drawing as well as other hands-on arts activities, face painting and more in the Kidz Korner.

The Phoenix Festival of the Arts is produced by the Phoenix Center for the Arts. Up to 5,000 free Phoenix art guides will be handed out at the festival by the center for the arts. The guide will feature coupons to future valley arts events as well as information on the participating arts organizations.

Street parking is limited so take the Valley Metro light rail to the McDowell/Central Avenue or Roosevelt/Central Avenue stations to avoid any problems.

Mayor Stanton’s invitation to the Phoenix Festival of the Arts:

Mayor Stanton Invitation to the Phoenix Festival of the Arts from Phoenix Festival of the Arts on Vimeo.

For more information about the event, visit phoenixfestivalofthearts.org or call (602) 254-3100.

Phoenix Festival of the Arts

When: December 7-9
Where: Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cost: Free
Online: phoenixfestivalofthearts.org