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The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance has announced its upcoming schedule of fine art and craft festivals in partnership with local municipalities and high traffic shopping center developers throughout the Southern Arizona region.

The nonprofit organization works with the local community to provide ongoing opportunities for artists, musicians and performers. All the monies that are raised through the community festivals add an investment back into the schools and community to fund art education programs in area schools and communities.

Vendors wishing to participate can visit the websites for registration information.

The 2011-2012 calendar includes:

Oro Valley Summer Indoor Arts & Crafts Festival

August 13-14

Hilton El Conquistador Resort,10000 N. Oracle Road

This two-day festival will feature exhibiting artists in all mediums and genres, artist demonstrations, acoustic live music performances and wine and culinary arts, all in the air-conditioned cool setting of the Hilton El Conquistador Resort.

For details, visit

16th Annual Oro Valley Fall Arts in the Park Music & Fine Art Festival

October 22-23

Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane

This local favorite fine art festival has been a successful show for over a decade. It offers attendees non-stop musical performances on multiple stages, kids activities, tasty food and up to 125 artists offering the finest art in the region.

Attendees can sip on treats like mouthwatering smoothies and peppermint stick lemons and oranges or bite into brats and pretzel dogs, while listening to upbeat music like live bluegrass, jazz and acoustic guitar music. Children’s activities include arts-and-crafts projects, face painting, balloon twisting and more.

For details, visit

34th Annual Marana Founders Day Festival

October 29-30

Ora Mae Harn Park, 13250 N. Lon Adams Road

The town of Marana partners with SAACA to present Marana’s largest and longest running community festival celebrating the heritage and roots of Marana. This festival features a myriad of activities, including: rodeo at the Heritage Plaza, arts and crafts in all mediums and genres, food vendors, a beer garden, children’s activities, live music, carnival games and rides, a community parade, sports games, a half-marathon, a business vendor village, harvest and Halloween-inspired events, and Arizona Centennial celebration activities.

For details, visit

5th Annual La Encantada Performing & Fine Art Festival

November 12-13

La Encantada Shopping Center, northwest corner of Campbell and Skyline

SAACA has once again teamed up with the La Encantada Shopping Center to bring you one of the finest art festivals in the region. As a limited capacity show, 45 of the region’s finest artists are slated to present and sell their work at this upscale shopping center located in the Tucson Foothills. The festival will also be featuring free children’s art activities, wine tasting and live entertainment all day long.

For details, visit

Oro Valley Holiday Festival of the Arts

December 3-4

Oro Valley Marketplace, southwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine roads

Voted Best Outdoor Event 2011 by Arizona Foothills Magazine’s Best of Tucson poll, the event allows shoppers to discover local artwork and vegetarian-options for food in an eco-friendly shopping center. The free festival will take place at the new, environmentally-responsible 115-acre shopping destination the Oro Valley Marketplace.  A pre-party, tree-lighting ceremony will take place Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., as a 25-foot Christmas tree towers over the marketplace. Attendees can find unique hand-made holiday gifts, including jewelry, sculptures, textiles, photography, framed paintings, candles, glass art, custom wood creations, pottery and ceramics, metal work, clothing and more.

For details, visit

Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts at the OV Marketplace

February 25-26

Oro Valley Marketplace, southwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine roads

During one of the most pleasant months of the year to be out and about in Southern Arizona, the two-day festival will offer attendees a great excuse to get out and enjoy everything Southern Arizona has to offer. Attendees can find unique and handmade holiday gifts, including jewelry, sculptures, textiles, photography, framed paintings, candles, glass art, custom wood creations, pottery and ceramics, metal work, clothing and more.

For details, visit

Marana Bluegrass Music & Arts Festival

March 17-18

Crossroads Silverbell – Cortaro Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road

The park will be filled with the sounds of bluegrass as the second annual Bluegrass Festival held in conjunction with the 3rd annual Marana Arts and Crafts Festival at Marana’s newest regional park, Crossroads – Silverbell Park. The festival will feature up to 10 bands over the two days, regional food vendors as well as nearly 100 visual artists in every medium and genre exhibiting original creations of jewelry, pottery and painting.

For details, visit

Oro Valley Arts in the Park Fine Art and Jazz Festival

March 31-April 1

Riverfront Park in Oro Valley, 551 W. Lambert Lane

Delectable food, mountain scenery, top jazz musicians and artisans will highlight the nationally recognized fine art and jazz festival, back for three days of fun. Set at the base of the Pusch View Mountains.

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