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Festivus for the art in us

This weekend marks the 28th annual occurrence of ArtFest. The grounds surrounding the MAC come alive with colors and shapes and sounds that, for me, sort of open the door to inspiration. Every year I wander the stalls, talk with artists and craftsmen, and marvel at creativity. I also spend a fair amount of time sitting in the grass, listening to music and watching the colorful array of Spokanites who descend on the festival; really, the people watching is almost as mesmerizing as the art that's on display all weekend. So, whether you're in need of something new to hang on your walls, or a new character for a story you're working on, this is the place.  

The festival runs Friday from noon-8; Saturday 10-8; and Sunday from 10-5. The Beer & Wine Tent is open until 10 on Friday and Saturday nights. 

The Make-It-Art Tent is open Friday from 3-7; Saturday from 11-7 and Sunday from 11-5. Each activity costs $2, and your little artists can choose to partake in any or all of the following: Crowns & Wands; Fish Prints; Jewelry; Masks; Paper Bag Hats; or Face Painting.

You'll find ArtFest and the MAC at 2316 W. First Avenue, in Browne's Addition.