Fall is arriving, and residents of the Valley are starting to enjoy the outdoors again. Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival, starting up in October, is a good way to enjoy the weather, take a stroll, indulge in tasty treats, listen to live music and shop for art, jewelry and crafts.
“There is a lady that makes homemade gourmet cupcakes, and she has sold out every time. Then we also have a vendor that creates framed nature photography, like butterflies and birds in flight, that are just absolutely gorgeous,” says MACFest chairwoman Sheryl McKinney.
Other creations include T-shirts, jewelry and writing instruments made from hand-blown glass, laser-cut shovels and hand-painted saw blades. Craft food vendors will offer jams and jellies, salsas, breads, and a variety of prepared and packaged items.
52nd Street Jazz Band will open the festival with live music on Oct. 6. Other local bands will add to the liveliness this fall, including “Paydirt,” a fiddle and bluegrass band, and “Hooked on a Feeling,” a classic rock band.
The festival usually brings around 2,000 visitors each Saturday, according to MACFest chairman Vern Mathern. And this year, strolling the streets of the festival will be easier since MACFest is closing the one-block section to vehicle traffic.
DETAILS >> 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first and third Saturday of every month, October through April. On Macdonald, between Main Street and Pepper Place, in Mesa. Free. (480) 644-6500 or MACFestMesa.com
• Nichole, a senior studying journalism at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is an intern for the East Valley Tribune. Contact her at (480) 898-6514 or firstname.lastname@example.org