99 Yellow Balloons

If you feel like First Fridays have become more party than arty, or if you just hanker to poke your head into galleries and hot spots that usually bar their doors against the art walk rabble, then turn your toes toward the 23rd annual Art Detour, one of the longest-running self-guided art tours in the country.

Part of a push by Artlink to promote Phoenix as a thriving arts community and destination, Art Detour is your opportunity to sample a soupcon of the standout galleries and studios of downtown Phoenix, including Deus Ex Machina, Artlink A.E. England Gallery and Bragg’s Pie Factory. One caveat: Abandon all hope for a map, ye who enter here. Instead, keep your eyes peeled for the yellow balloons with which many galleries plan to signal their involvement.

There are no shuttles this year, but you can still start your tour from Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St. It’s convenient to the Central/Roosevelt light rail stop, if you are feeling festive and crave the full experience.

March 19-20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2011
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Nicholas Gerbis