Get ready for an art filled weekend, the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival is right around the corner and this year’s festival will introduce new programs and features for an even greater artistic experience. The Festival will feature 73 new artists that the Cherry Creek Arts Festival has yet to see, 10 award winners from 2012, and eight up-and-coming artists. With the 250 handpicked exhibitors, everyone is sure to find an interest.
The Festival aims to attract children as well, hosting a kid’s culinary demo on Sunday, July 7 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Festival will also display the winners of the Five Years Out Arrow Art Challenge, which inspired artists to create a future-oriented work. The seven finalists, chosen from 120 applicants, have received a $5,000 commission to create a piece that will be on display. The final winner will be granted $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase the winning piece at next year’s Festival. You can find these artists on Detroit and 2nd Avenue.
King Soopers has also partnered with the Festival, allowing shoppers the opportunity to purchase a Friend Level membership for $10, which supports arts education in Colorado schools. This membership comes with benefits including a members’ lounge, buy-one-get-one-free drink, air-conditioned restrooms, view of the performing arts stage, discounts, and promotions. On Sunday, July 7 at 8 a.m., the Festival will host the Lifetime Fitness and Athleta Espirit de Shi 5k and 10k race for women. This race empowers women, celebrating active women, strength, and sisterhood and will culminate with music and exhibiting artists. New this year, is the
opportunity to vote for your favorite artist for the People’s Choice award. On Tuesday July 2, from 7 to 10 p.m., Cherry Creek North’s JW Marriott Hotel will host a “sneak peek.” This free Art Party features drink specials and music. The world-class three-day Festival is sure to be a success. For more information, check out the Cherry Creek Arts Festival Guidebook easily accessible information.
WHERE: Denver’s Cherry Creek North Shopping District
Between Columbine and Steele Streets.
TICKETS: Free to public.
*parking is easy, especially if you go green and ride your bike!