The Cherry Creek Arts festival is back for its 20th year bringing art, food and fun to North Cherry Creek for the Fourth of July weekend.Festival visitors enjoy a world-class and award-winning celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts. The festival gives patrons the special opportunity to meet and talk with international visual artists, sample fine cuisine, enjoy live musical performances and cultural demonstrations and entertain their families with interactive 'ARTivities.'
When: CCAF takes place July 4th weekend on July 2, 3, 4, 2011 Festival hours Friday, July 1, 7:00pm-10:00pm Free Artist Preview Event (Clayton St. only) Saturday, July 2, 10:00am-8:00pm Sunday, July 3, 10:00am-8:00pm Monday, July 4, 10:00am-6:00pm Festival Mornings on Saint Paul St.: The Art of Fitness Saturday, Sunday, Monday 9:00am-10:30am Festival Nights: Music at the NEW Beer Garden on Saint Paul St. Saturday & Sunday 8:00pm-10:00pm Accessibility Hour Monday 9:00am-10:00am Where: Denvers Cherry Creek North Shopping District, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues, on the six streets between Clayton and Steele Streets.
How to get there:
Bike: Go green and healthy ride your bike to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival! Valet parking for bikes is available at two corrals: 3rd Ave & Steele St, and 2nd Ave near Columbine. A suggested $2 donation for bicycle valet parking contributes to Bike Denvers 501(c)(3) non-profit mission. Denver B-Cycle Locations: FOUR locations to serve you in Cherry Creek! Learn more at: http://denver.bcycle.com. Denver B-cycle is the first large-scale municipal bike sharing system in the United States. Car: There are three $5 Festival Premier Parking on-site locations, each benefitting the Arts Festival: 1) the Janus Capital Group building garage at 151 Detroit, 2) The Clayton Lane garage at 2nd and Columbine and 3) The Whole Foods parking structure at 2nd and University. The Cherry Creek Shopping center offers free parking. Please observe all City of Denver parking signs in the neighborhood surrounding the festival. Who: Over 350,000 patrons come to CCAF each year to see the 230 juried Visual Artists, as well as numerous Culinary Artists, over a dozen demonstration chefs, 26 Performing Artists, and 7 Fitness Instructors. Why: CCAF is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide access to a broad array of arts experiences and support arts education in Colorado. Along with the arts festival itself, CCAF fulfills its year-round art education and outreach mission through programs including the Mobile Art Collection, Artist in Residence programs and the Janus Student Art Buying Program.Visit the Cherry Creek Arts Festival Home Page
What's New for 2011:
BE A PART OF ART WITH FEATURED GUEST ARTIST PHIL HANSEN Mr. Hansen is a groundbreaking, innovative artist internationally renowned for creating public dialog with art. He will be creating a collaborative piece of artwork based upon things you wouldnt believe. He will solicit the general public for responses to this question: Tell me about an experience that shocked you or caused disbelief. Participate in this work of art and watch him finish it LIVE at the Arts Festival! Public comments are invited, encouraged, and will remain anonymous at www.CherryArts.org/Shocking.THE NEW FILLMORE PLAZA The 2011 Cherry Creek Arts Festival proudly presents a thrilling new take on the Janus Main Stage, now located at the fully remodeled Fillmore Plaza. Local businesses and neighborhood groups alike supported renovations to Fillmore Plaza, and CCAF looks forward to showcasing all that Fillmore Plaza has to offer. Highlights of this new festival center include shaded seating, greatly enhanced and beautified streetscapes, fresh culinary and beverage options, new activities, and more!VISUAL ARTISTS Naturally, the exhibiting visual artists are at the core of the Festival: 78 of the 230 artists are first-time-ever CCAF exhibitors, with 87 artists returning from 2010. 17 artists are from the state of Colorado. The artists were chosen in a blind-jury process from 2,100 artist applications, making the CCAF one of, if not the most, competitive art shows in the nation.CAPTURE AND SHARE MOMENTS ON PARTICIPANT PHOTO BLOG For the first time, CCAF offers patrons the opportunity to take ownership of their festival experience by submitting pictures to the participant-only CCAF photo blog. Celebrate your Festival experience by sharing unforgettable 4th of July moments with the CCAF family. Further information will be posted as the festival approaches.ALL-NEW iPHONE & DROID APPS Scan the respective QR code for our iPhone or DROID app -- or find our apps online at the iTunes store or Droid Market. This 4th of July you can navigate through the Festival with total freedom using our revamped smart phone apps, which feature easy-to-read daily schedules, maps, live Tweets, video podcasts, live photo and textual blogging, and more