Weekly Freebie: 2012 ArtFest of Scottsdale

Each week, Jackalope Ranch brings you a free event, workshop, or you-name-it happening in Phoenix. Because sometimes the best things in life really are free. This week's freebie: 2012 ArtFest of Scottsdale

If you're looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping, now would be the time -- unless of course, you enjoy large crowds at the shopping malls and waiting outside electronic stores in the wee hours of the morning.

The 19th Annual Scottsdale ArtFest takes over Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza this Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. It's your free chance at perusing one-of-a-kind gifts from a juried selection of over 200 artists from across the country.

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Featured artists include: Michael George, Bill Collier, and Lulu Moonwood Murakami. There will also be live music from Jazz Alliance, AZ Guitar Trio, Bad Cactus Brass Band and more; as well as local authors and plenty of food to keep you fueled.

Currently ArtFest holds four festivals a year. To see the full listing of authors and artists at this upcoming festival, visit Artfest online. As always, parking is free and dogs and kids are welcome -- provided you have leashes.

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