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Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26

170 artists, 16 mediums, 50 performances, 30 organizations, and a whole lot of food are what you’ll find at the 13th annual Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts this Saturday and Sunday (Aug 25 & 26). Local art is the focus here, from digital art to glass, jewelry, paintings, drawings, photography, wood, sculpture, and more. In addition to the wonderful visual art, there will be performances from dozens of bands and performance groups including Driftwood and One World Tribe (Saturday, 6:15pm-8:30pm on the Lafayette Stage), Family FUNKtion and Sitar Jams(Saturday, 4pm in the Dance Tent), Canal Street String Band (Saturday, 5pm on the 7-11 Stage), Lehrer Dance(Sunday, 2pm on the 7-11 Stage), Gretchen Shultz and Doug Morgano (Sunday, 4pm on the 7-11 Stage) Leon and the Forklifts (Sunday, 12pm in the Dance Tent) Habit Dance (Sunday, 10:45am on the Lafayette Stage) and many more. Don’t forget to check out Cultural Row on Breckenridge Street and dispersed throughout the Festival, where over 35 community organizations including local theaters, art galleries, small community choruses, children’s arts, and sports organizations will be on showcase to share information. Environmental Row will be located on Auburn Avenue. Come and learn about clean wind and solar energy alternatives and find out how to decrease energy consumption while lowering utility bills. Take the kids to Kidsfest—where children can make their own arts and crafts—after you chow down on everything from pierogis to pitas, hot dogs to tacos, and even juice from a solar powered blender (if you’re watching your weight as well as the environment). Try-It Beverage Stations are located near the Lafayette Stage and in the Festival Cafe where there will be products from locally owned Flying Bison Brewing Company and Labatt. For a complete schedule visit eafa.techriver.net. See you on the streets of Elmwood. —cory perla

10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday between Lafayette and West Ferry (eafa.techriver.net) Free.