There’s no fine-art showcase in Colorado more prestigious than this weekend’s 22nd annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival. And even though excelling as an artist there one year precludes you from coming back the following — 2011’s twelve award winners and poster artist were not allowed to participate in 2012, for example — the competition to get in remains fierce. And despite summer heat and pedestrian traffic jams, the crowds keep coming back. The fest’s formula of accomplished art in thirteen categories and live performances, hands-on activities and countless culinary treats (there’s also a beer garden after the festival officially closes at 8 p.m.) — all spread out through Cherry Creek North (between Second and Third avenues, from Clayton to Steele streets) — is an irresistible annual draw for everyone from the beautiful Creekers to the suburban hoi polloi.
This year’s Cherry Creek Arts Festival features 236 juried artists and eight designated “emerging artists.” See them from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and $5 festival parking is available at Janus Capital Group, 151 Detroit Street; the Whole Foods parking structure, Second Avenue and University Boulevard; and Clayton Lane, Second Avenue and Columbine Street (or park for free at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center garage). Cyclists will find a bike valet at Third Avenue and Steele and at Second Avenue and Columbine Street. For details, call 303-355-2787 or visit www.cherryarts.org.
July 6-8, 2012