Throw in hundreds of volunteers, the work of more than 250 artists from Colorado and across the nation (73 of them new to the fest this year), and a gourmet Culinary Avenue, and it all adds up to an event with staying power.
Innovations in 2013 begin with the Five Years Out Arrow Art Challenge, sponsored by Arrow Electronics. A whole tent, the Arrow Innovator's Club, will be given up to the work and spirit of eight finalists whose challenge was to create works that express their own visions of what art will look like in five years. See how the runners-up and head trend-diviner Stefan Begej, who took first prize and the $10,000 grant that goes with it, interpreted the future in the tent at Second Avenue and Detroit Street; performance speed painter Tim Decker will also be painting quickie portraits of other trendsetters three times daily throughout the fest. Also new is the Sunday-morning Athleta Esprit de She 5- and 10K race for women (8 a.m., espritdeshe.com) and hands-on culinary demos aimed expressly at kids.
The Cherry Creek Arts Festival takes place between Columbine and Steele streets and Second and Third avenues in Cherry Creek North; admission is free. The fest opens daily at 10 a.m. and goes until 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and 6 p.m. Sunday. The party continues from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight and tomorrow with Music at the Beer Garden on St. Paul Street. For more information, go to cherryarts.org or call 303-355-2787.
July 5-6, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., July 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2013