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The second annual Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts, presented by SRP, is Saturday, October 1, 2011, 1-5pm. The family-friendly event will celebrate the arts in Downtown Phoenix and feature performances by 20 Valley arts groups, live music, food, visual art, film shorts, children’s activities, vendor booths and a wine tasting.

Participants include: Center Dance Ensemble, Phoenix Boys Choir, Scorpius Dance Theatre, Six Gun Entertainment, Theater Works, EPIK Dance Company and many more.  Bands performing on the outdoor stage include Bad Cactus Brass Band, Chicks With Picks and Take Cover!

Admission is free for kids age 12 and under and $5.00 for adults and age 13 and up.  Free parking for attendees at the Arizona Center’s parking garage provided by Arizona Center.

Photo by Courtney Sargent courtesy of Herberger Theater Center

Proceeds benefit the Herberger Theater Center’s Youth Arts Education and Outreach Initiatives:  Free Arts Multicultural Theater Camp, Wolf Trap and Arizona Young Artists’ Competition.

Sponsored by SRP, APS, Billie Jo & Judd Herberger, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Osborn Maledon, 12 News, Arizona Center, MIX 96.9,, Grand Canyon University, Frontdoors News Network, Echo Magazine, Apatrou Photography, Put A Fork In It Catering, Jewish News of Greater Phoenix and Easley’s Costumes.

The mission of the Herberger Theater Center is to support and foster growth of the performing arts in Phoenix as a premier performance venue, arts incubator and arts education advocate.

If you go:

Date: Saturday, Oct. 1

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St.

Cost: $5.00 for adults 13 and up, kids 12 and under are free

Parking/Transit: Herberger parking and directions plus free parking at Arizona Center

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