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Downtown becomes a destination art haven for the second annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts, a weekend of creatives and culture sponsored by the Phoenix Center for the Arts and Arizona Humanities. The three-day festival includes the Mayor’s Arts Awards, presented by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to the Valley’s prominent and influential artists and cultural organizations.

Booths include Admir Tetaric with Artisan Cutting & Serving Boards, artist Audrey Tate, Gordon Searle of Hidden Valley Farms Soap, Kath Zimmerman of Kathy Zimmerman Photography, and Julie Pallissard with Bejuled.

Live entertainment from the likes of Almost Famous Theater Company, City Jazz, Great Arizona Puppet Theatre, and artist Sean Deckert add another dimension to the festivities, extending hours beyond the booths’ 5 p.m. curtain call. Food trucks are in on the fun, too, and though the line-up varies daily, staples like Paletas Betty and DGP Gourmet Fry Bread will be on hand to satisfy munchies.

Festivities start at 10 a.m. daily Friday, December 13, through Sunday, December 15, at Margaret T. Hance Deck Park, 1202 North Third Street. Admission is free. Visit

Fri., Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2013


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