“Art is for everyone” at the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival, held this year July 6 to 8. If you love strolling past booths of photography, paintings, pottery and other art (with a little food and music thrown in), don’t miss it. Here are five reasons to go:
1. It’s competitive. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival receives more than 2,100 applicants annually, making it one of the most competitive juried shows in the nation. This year’s festival features 265 national and international artists covering five blocks.
2. It supports arts education. “CherryArts is a year-round nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide access to art experiences and support arts education in Colorado,” says Tara Brickell, executive director and CEO of CherryArts. “As one of our signature events, The Cherry Creek Arts Festival advances our mission while providing the community and visitors with exposure to immersive arts and culture opportunities in a unique setting.”
3. It’s great for the whole family. The CCAF offers Artivity Avenue, a full block of interactive activities for everyone from kids on up. Little Picassos can paint their own masterpieces or create robot puppets, space helmets, Amazon rain sticks and more.
4. It’s the whole package. The festival also includes great music and food, whether you’re into country, R&B or neo-soul electro jazz hip-hop. Head to Janus Henderson Investors Main Stage and pair a show with street food like smoked German bratwurst, gyros, Philly cheesesteaks, fish tacos, pulled pork and yaki-soba noodles. Save room for dessert.
5. There’s lots to buy. Only-one-in-this-world items are available for purchase, from handmade jewelry to ceramics to metalwork and more.