Avoid the Holiday Shopping Rush at the Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival

If you're looking to do some Christmas shopping this weekend without enduring the insanity of Black Friday, the Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival is a perfect alternative.

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The festival takes place all weekend -- November 23 through 25 -- and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. free of charge. It will feature over 100 Southwestern and Native American arts and crafts booths along with live music and concessions.

You can pick up some jewelry or paintings from local artists while enjoying the Carefree Desert Gardens, where the festival takes place.

And hey, even if you're not mentally prepared to deal with the realities of tackling your holiday shopping list quite yet (we feel ya), the festival is a nice way to spend time outside while enjoying art.

For more information, visit the festival website or call 480-488-2014.

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