Three Must-Sees During the 2011 Grand Avenue Festival

Take to the streets (er, avenue) during this Saturday's Grand Avenue Festival.  The annual event is chock full of local art, culture, and design along the storied stroll and promises even more excitement in its third year of celebration. 

The daylong to-do is hosted by the Grand Avenue Merchants' Association, which includes lower Grand Avenue (a district loosely bordered by 7th and 16th avenues)  as well as Bikini Lounge, Kooky Krafts, and Bragg's Pie Factory to name a few of its business and art space members. 

There's a ton going on, and we'll guarantee you're not going to want to miss these three events. 

3. Untrashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show
The challenge: Create an outfit. The really challenging part: Items used to create this outfit must be so-called junk or trash (think: beer cans or grocery bags). 

Sure, the designs tend to look more whackadoo than wearable, but it's all in good fun. See what this year's designers, crafters, and other creative types come up with at Bragg's Pie Factory at 5 p.m. 

The designs will be on display for the following two months at Bragg's as part of the "Trashy Sculpture" show. 

2. ReDapt Commercial Building Tours
Get an inside look at commercial gems along and around Grand during the day's educational and exploratory ReDapt Tours. 

The historian-led tour includes stops at the Gannaway buildings, a converted corner market, Funk Lab, and Chocolate Factory, along with a rundown of Grand's commercial development history. 

Tickets are $10 and available here. Tours will take place between 3 and 7 p.m..

1. Self-Guided Mural Tour
Pick up local artist Jenny Ignaszewski's pamphlet "Mural Street Love" during the festival, and take yourself on a tour of the neighborhood's public art, which includes murals from Francisco Garcia, El Mac, Luster Kaboom, and others with a passion for putting paint on walls.

For more information on Grand Avenue Festival and its Merchants' Association go here.

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