Grand Avenue Festival (Sept. 25)

Art walks and festivals are more often about people watching and shenanigans and less about the actual art. We're here to guide you through both. Presenting our very own Field Guide -- an evolving guide to art walks and festivals around town.

From time to time, we'll introduce some of our favorite spots and dish out some insider information. If you have any tips or tricks, share 'em in the comments section.

Here's a peek at our guide to The Grand Avenue Festival on Sept. 25 ...

Claire Lawton
​Don't forget to take one with you! Click on the image above, or right here for a full-size, printable version.

More Grand Avenue Festival details after the jump ...

On The Map:
1. Untrashed: A Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show will start at 5 p.m. at Bragg's Pie Factory. Entrants were asked to make garments from "recovered" materials. Think plastic bags, candy wrappers, tin foil, wrapping paper ...

2. Live Music
Rock out at Paisley Violin, Gallery Marsiglia, Tilt Gallery, Phoenix Fall Space, the Bandstand at the Oasis, Deus Ex Machina and the Trunk Space. Check out specific bands and times here.

Off the Map:
1. Show and Tell at Sweets & Beats: featuring installation pieces and performances inside and outdoors on the stage. Ashley Naftule (who's a Jackalope Ranch contributor) will host the show and coordinate a "time capsule performance," meaning if you go, you should bring something to put in the trunk that won't be opened until next year's Grand Avenue Festival. The show starts at 6 p.m..

2. Hanging Gardens, Woven Fences: will be hosted by Kooky Crafts along lower Grand Avenue. Hanging Gardens will utilize existing trees along the street for installing temporary "guerilla gardens." Woven Fences will feature pieces of art woven into the fences along the street. In both installations, biodegradable materials are encouraged.

- Parking is always free along Grand Avenue on the weekends -- you just have to get there early enough to nab a spot.
- If you've never been to Grand Avenue or need a refresher, take one of the Re-Dapt tours, starting at the Boxing Gym on Roosevelt Street and Grand Avenue. Tours begin at 8, 9, and 10 a.m., and tickets are $10.
- Drink Special: For each PBR sold between noon and 6 p.m. on the day of the festival, Bikini Lounge will donate $1 to the Grand Avenue Merchants' Association. Get drinking! 
- For even more hints, ask the artists as they host open studios. A complete list is available on the Festival website.

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