The 11th annual Grand Avenue Festival is produced by Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation (GAP). This nontraditional walking and discovery arts festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with after hours from 8 p.m. to 10pm (check each location for late night hours beyond 10pm).
This year's festival will include many free activities: art exhibits, performances, commercial building tours, arts and craft making sites, music, demonstrations, mini-parades and outdoor art installations.
The free Under the Vintage Roof tours, headed up by Arizona Preservation Foundation, will include five stops this year, including new adaptive re-use projects not previously seen by the public and an exhibit of photos of Historic Grand Avenue.
House of Cirque, can be spotted throughout the day, and will delight young and old alike with their exotic costumes, fun antics and entourage of strolling musicians, jugglers, dancing skeletons, stilt walkers, and interactive hula hoopers.
Artists, as well as community members, create art from recycled materials. Hanging Gardens and Woven Fences are installed on tree trunks, branches, light posts, fences, and the right-of-way. A Kaleidoscope Sculpture Garden will be created at designated locations along the Avenue by area artists.
Various fashion events, some participatory, include Marshall Shore’s After Hours WEARizona event. Other Festival day fashion offerings include repurposed fashion by community members, as well as designs by local creators/stylists/make-up artists.
Free children’s activities include face painting, puppet-making, mask making, dragon decorating, a coloring table, a wandering balloon twister, face painting, and more. Mini-parades, with public participation, will take place throughout the day, including Japanese drumming, recycled fashion, handmade instruments, puppets & assemblage.
Look for live mural painting, interspersed with food trucks and maker stations along the street. And the new Silent Auction with work by local artists (location TBD).