Mesa Arts Center’s free annual arts festival later this month will have something for everyone.
The event, 10 a.-5 p.m. Dec. 14-15, will feature original works of art for sale from local, regional and national artists in various mediums, live entertainment, an array of culinary delights, roaming performers and artist demonstrations. Parking and admission are free.
The event gives people of all ages a chance to get in the holiday spirit and do some holiday shopping for unique gifts.
Over 80 artist booths will be available featuring one-of-a-kind items and hands-on activities will be available for all ages.
Food tucks and vendors including Soundbite Food Truck/Short Leash Hot Dogs, Firehouse Kettle Corn, Revolution Creperie, and Mini Donut Trolley will be at the event. Beer Research Institute will offer their beers Urban Art and Cherry Cordial Stout for purchase.
A gift-wrapping station will be available, and artist Kyllan Maney will lead festivalgoers in bow-making, thanks in part to in-kind support from Michaels.
Hands-on activities will also include a mini ugly sweater activity where you can make and take the craft to use as an ornament or commemorative décor for the holidays and live painting will be offered by Nik Ridley and artist team Such & Champ Styles.
The Arizona Humane Society will facilitate on-site adoptions through its Waggin’ Wheels program 1-4 p.m. both days.
An adult-oriented activity the following weekend will be offered on the arts center campus.
Sticker Shogun, a New York City-style street art party celebrating the art of the sticker, will be held 7-10 p.m. Dec. 21. The event is free.
Sticker artists from all over the globe contributed both hand-drawn and digitally printed stickers for the largest annual sticker swap in the Southwest.
Local sticker artists are encouraged to bring their stickers and there will be a sticker making station for people to make their own and then swap.
DJ CreOne will provide entertainment and Stackin’ Tacos will grill barbecue.