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Festival of Arts returns downtown

The second-annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts will take place Dec. 13-15 at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. Valley artists, musicians, writers, students, and scholars will unite to create a weekend-long cultural celebration presented by The Phoenix Center for the Arts and Arizona Humanities.

Artist Gennaro Garcia displays his Mexican art candleholders during last year’s Phoenix Festival of the Arts (submitted photo).

Artist Gennaro Garcia displays his Mexican art candleholders during last year’s Phoenix Festival of the Arts (submitted photo).

This year’s festival is brimming with three full days of live arts and humanities programming, 80 performances and presentations and more than 100 arts and cultural exhibitors. Those wishing to express their inner artist can get their feet wet with a hands-on community mural organized by acclaimed local muralist and Valley favorite, Hugo Medina.

Food trucks will again line the street, including Canela’s Kiosco de Botanas, DGP Gourmet Fry Bread & Funnel Cake, J-Licious Tasty Teazy Tacos, Jamburritos Cajun Grille Express, Paletas Betty, Pizza People, San Francisco Chocolate Factory, Spice It Up and Satay Hut.

The festival also will feature flash performances, a beer & wine garden, a Family Zone and more.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The park is located at 1202 N. 3rd St. There is limited street parking, so it is advisable to take the light rail or ride a bike (bike racks available).

For more information, visit www.phoenixfestivalofthearts.org or call 602-254-3100.

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