Five Must-Attend Events at the Fifth Annual Grand Avenue Festival in Phoenix

Every year as the weather cools, Phoenicians take to the streets across the city. After a sweltering and seemingly endless summer, the city rustles itself awake with the promise of art walks, food trucks, vendors, live music, performance art, people-watching, and festival shenanigans.

The Grand Avenue Festival is no exception. Now in its fifth year, the vibrant, daylong street (er, avenue) fair is hosted by the Grand Avenue Merchants Association and highlights lower Grand Avenue, loosely bookended by 7th and 16th avenues. Expect shows from local artists and designers and after-hours parties at the neighborhood's anchoring businesses, including Bragg's Pie Factory, Bikini Lounge, and the Oasis on Grand.

Here are five don't-miss events to help you navigate your way through everything Phoenix's favorite diagonal thoroughfare has to offer this Saturday.

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Janessa is a native Phoenician. She joined New Times as a contributor in 2013. You can connect with her on social media at @janessahilliard, and she promises you'll find no pictures of cats on her Instagram — but plenty of cocktails.
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