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The free Grand Avenue Festival is scheduled for November 14 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., with after hours festivities from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. It is an exciting, non-traditional walking festival celebrating the unique history of Historic Grand Avenue. Art, exhibits, tours, performances, fashion shows, music, outdoor installations, pedi-cabs, food trucks and an art parade provide the context for celebrating this unique area’s vintage neighborhoods, independent small businesses, diverse residential community, artspaces and art studios.


The festival is produced by Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation (GAP) in conjunction with the popular Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA). The public is encouraged to actively participate in the day’s activities via three arts-related events: the Untrashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show, the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts and the Hanging Gardens and Woven Fences. Further inquiries can be made to:grandavefest2015@gmail.com.


gaf 2015 promo Untrashed Grace and Violet

Untrashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show and Trashy Hat Promenade: Fun and creative fashions and hats made primarily from recycled materials, to be modeled along Grand Avenue during the Festival! Awesome and fabulous 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for both categories! Info: Babs A’Delic at untrashedfashion@gmail.com

Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts: This year’s “Big Top PAPA” will have a circus, sideshow and carnival theme (although floats and costumes can be anything you want!) Cool prizes! Info and application: Sahar at 602-615-0899 or phoenixartparade@gmail.com

Hanging Gardens and Woven Fences: Site-specific projects on fences, tree trunks, branches, telephone poles, posts, etc. made primarily out of trash and recycled materials. Info: Beatrice at muppetsrealmom@gmail.com


Overall Festival Sponsor – packages from $100 to $2,500.

For more information on all festival sponsorships, contact Beatrice Moore at 602-391-4016, or muppetsrealmom@gmail.com.

Images courtesy of Grand Avenue Festival.