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Your Weekend Guide to Festivals and Events

Thursday, November 6th, 2014


‘Tis the season to ride your bike to a fall festival, eat, drink and be merry. Explore Downtown Phoenix November 7 and 8 and discover funky parades, cumbia music and great local food, drinks and holiday gifts for the whole family.

cala festCALA Alliance International Festival
Celebrate the dynamic fusion of Latino cultural expression through the arts at CALA (Artistic Celebration of the Americas) Alliance International Festival Nov. 7 and 8 at Civic Space Park in Downtown Phoenix

Since its inception in 2011, the festival brings in world-class musicians, renowned guest speakers, amazing artists and chefs to showcase their craft. This year’s focus is the history and evolution of cumbia music, an Afro-Latino rythmn and widely popular style of dance.

When: Friday Nov. 7 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 8 from 2-10 p.m.

Where: Civic Space Park

Admission: Friday CALA Lab is $35, which includes the lecture, appetizers and cocktails. VIP after-party is an additional $15. Saturday’s event is free.

Highlights: Friday’s CALA Lab features an intimate evening with Chef Javier Plascencia, Tito Munoz, director of the Phoenix Symphony and Aldo Sanchez, curator at Museo del Estanquillo. Specialty appetizers and cocktails included in the ticket price. On Saturday, get ready for a full day of free family fun with mask-making, face painting, silk screen workshop, cumbia dancing and more. See the schedule for a full list of activities.

Parking: There’s $5 all-day parking available on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Fillmore Street and metered street parking around the park. CALA greatly encourages people to take the light rail, public transportation or ride a bike. Civic Space Park is conveniently located near the Van Buren Street and Central Avenue light rail stop and central transit center with ample bike parking available.

certilocalCertified Local Fall Festival
Just in time for the holiday season, get ready to shop over 100 local food, craft and retail vendors at Certified Local Fall Festival Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Complete with live music, beer and wine garden, this is the shopping experience you’ve been dreaming of.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

Where: Portland Parkway at 10 W. Portland Street.

Admission: Admission is free. Food tickets cost $1 each and each drink sample requires two food tickets.

Highlights: Test your luck at this year’s raffle. Tickets cost $3 each or 2 for $5. Twenty prizes will be announced every hour including local restaurant gift cards, free oil changes, museum memberships and more.

Parking: Limited street parking is available. The festival is conveniently located across from the Roosevelt Street and Central Avenue light rail stop and attendees are encouraged to walk, ride or take public transportation.

grandaveposterGrand Avenue Festival and the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts
Whimsy meets history at the combined Grand Avenue Festival and Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA) Saturday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Over the years, both events have emerged as eclectic community-building celebrations of the arts in Downtown Phoenix.

Based on similar missions, the two events joined forced for the first time this year to create for a full day of fun for the whole family. The festival highlights the burgeoning arts community on Grand Avenue, while the parade invites attendees to dress up, march in the parade, build floats, ride bikes or find a creative way to participate.

When: Saturday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.. The parade begins at dusk.

Where: Along Lower Grand Avenue from 15th Avenue to Van Buren Street. The PAPA stage and festival information booth is located at 1501 W. Grand Avenue, which is good place to start.

Admission: Free to for both events.

Highlights: Local artists will be painting and tiling decorative cement planters during the festival and visitors can design a tile or help create their own mosaic design. For the parade, don’t miss the Untrashed Recycled Fashion Show and creative homemade floats made of found materials.

Parking: Free street parking on both sides of Grand Avenue with additional parking lots at 1501 and 1502 W. Grand Avenue, 1346 W. Roosevelt Street and ample bike parking outside Bragg’s Factory Diner and ThirdSpace.
For more information visit the Grand Avenue Members’ Association or PAPA websites.

PAPA Don’t Preach

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

PAPABLOG110309Let Max out.

I’m convinced that Max, the imaginative boy from “Where the Wild Things Are,” is locked inside every adult I know. On Saturday, November 14th, you’re encouraged to release Max and all of his wild, joyful, creative impulses at the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA).

Since you’re an adult, no one will preach, yell, or remind you to stop acting like a kid. In fact, acting like a kid is part of the fun.

PAPA gives your inner Max room to play, whether you create a costume, float,or performing act. This year’s theme is “Lean, Green Parading Machine,” which can mean anything from recycled materials to green-eyed monsters. Now in its fourth year, PAPA brings together people of all ages and interests to march in a parade that winds through downtown Phoenix. You can represent yourself, your family or your business in any way you like.

The parade coordinator, Dr. Rev. Stephen Strange – seriously, that’s his name – says “This year we are emphasizing one of the parade’s original goals; to get people out of their cars and experience the streets of Phoenix in an immediate and joyful way. Plus, green can have many different interpretations. We want people to be as creative as possible in showing ownership for the city.”

PAPA kicks off with pre-procession events from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fifth Street between Roosevelt and Garfield. Featured events include performances by professional artists, live music and fun, creative stuff for kids and adults. At 7 p.m., the world’s only parading arts fair begins on bike and by foot, led by the infectious drumming of local samba group Crupo Liberdade.

It’s all free, and all in good fun. So bring the kids, your friends and your inner wild child to PAPA on Saturday, November 14th. And be sure to leave all those adult worries and inhibitions at home. Let the wild rumpus begin.

Save the Dates: Downtown Phoenix Annual Pub Crawl and PAPA Parade

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

PAPAblogAs if the Zombie Walk isn’t enough, now there’s two great events to look forward to after Halloween. For those of you who may have missed them last year, this is your chance to sample some great beers and express your inner creative urge and parade through the streets of Downtown Phoenix.

The Third Annual Downtown Phoenix Pub Crawl will kick off on Friday, Nov. 13 at Fourth St. and Garfield starting at 9 p.m. until closing time. Over 12 pubs, bars and restaurants are participating – offering several tasty brews. This year, Sonoma Casual Dining will be featuring a special after-hours breakfast starting at 1:30 a.m. to help soak up the suds.

Now in its fourth year, Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA) takes place on Sat., Nov. 14 starting at 5:00 p.m. ”The Worlds Only Parading Arts Fair,” as it has become known, gives all members of our community the opportunity to express themselves through costumes, art, and performance while marching together through the streets of Downtown Phoenix. Everyone is invited to walk, ride, dance, or crawl along in the parade.

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