Grand Ave Festival 2013

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The Festival: A Short Guide

The Grand Avenue Merchants’ Association (GAMA) will be hosting the free 5th Annual Grand Avenue Festival on October 19th, from 11 am – 8 pm, with an After Hours event from 8 – 10pm. The festival will be a celebration of the vibrant culture, art, history and adaptive re-use of the Lower Grand Avenue Arts and Small Business District and adjoining neighborhoods.

Small businesses and art spaces along this unique and historic travel corridor will host tours of vintage commercial buildings and interesting adaptive re-use projects; create art exhibits; sponsor performances and music; and provide other special activities that highlight the history of this distinctive area of downtown.

The goal of the Festival is to celebrate neighborhood sustainability, the area’s  unique history, encourage creative recycling through community art projects, and foster appreciation for, and reuse of, valuable neighborhood resources.

Re-Dapt Historic Commercial Building Tours

These free tours will take place from 9am – noon, leaving every hour, guided by knowledgeable local historians. The tours will start every hour on the hour from the newly renovated OS Stapley Hardware Store buildings at 747 W. Grand Avenue.

From Trash to Treasure!

The Festival encourages recycling through several fun projects such as the Hanging Gardens & Woven Fences & Trashy Sculpture street art project; Rolling Rubbish Revival Show; the Running Fence project (Political Signs); the Un.trashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show and the Grand Trashy Hat Promenade.

Discover surprising treasures made from trash and recyclables with “The Map of Trashy Artifacts” – available at Festival Info tables. Entries are made primarily out of trash and recycled materials and range from quirky fence gardens to creations wrapped around tree trunks, strung from branches, fantasy gardens in cast-off wheeled containers, or quirky arrangements on telephone poles.  Participants range from school children, to college students, community members, and artists.

Outdoor Movies

Starting at 6.30 pm, No Festival Required will be present free outdoor movies in Bragg’s parking lot.

Fashion Shows

Metals, Rock, Fashion will present Garden of Earthly Treasures!
Gallery Marsiglia will once again sponsor this one-of-a-kind art in jewelry fashion fusion runway show in the backyard “garden setting” of Gallery Marsiglia at 1018 Grand Avenue. Music by Bartholomew Faire at 4:30, with the Jewelry and Accessories Show from 5 – 6pm.

Un.Trashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show & Trashy Hat Promenade
Headed up by Babs O’Matic, this eclectic fashion show will begin at Bragg’s Pie Factory along Grand Avenue at 3:30PM and will feature over-the-top fashion and hats made from trash and recycled  materials and includes creations by both children and adults. A Grand prize of $100 will be awarded in each category.

Coffee, Cookies and Crafts Fair

Join us for the ninth Coffee, Cookies & Crafts indie craft fair from noon to 5 pm in the parking lot at Bragg’s Pie Factory. Join us for a day celebrating independent arts & crafts, with 40 local vendors selling handmade goods, plus there will be a craft supply swap area. Bring your old craft supplies and trade for something new!

There will also be vendors at:
La Melgosa, 1023 Grand
La Melgosa Annex, 1018 -1024 Grand
The Groove, 2028 Grand
Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 Grand
Bikini Lounge, 1502 Grand
Oasis on Grand, 1501 Grand

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new permanent bike lanes and on-street parting improvements during the festival, at 3pm, in front of Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 NW Grand Avenue.

Live Music

There will be live music at:
Fushico Daiko, 925 Grand
Roberto-Venn, 1012 Grand
Funk Lab, 1007 Grand
La Melgosa Annex, 1018-1024 Grand
The Groove, 1028 Grand
Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 Grand
Oasis on Grand, 1501 Grand
The Trunk Space, 1506 Grand
The Bikini Lounge, 1502 Grand
La Luz del Mundo, 1206 N. Laurel

Info Tables

You can find the official Festival Guide, fashion show flyers, the guide to street art projects, business flyers, and various other information at the info table at The Oasis on Grand at 1501 Grand, & Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 Grand


Help us celebrate our new FULL TIME on street parking spaces along Grand Avenue!!! Free parking is available 24 hours a day! Look for the parking symbols on the map for individual free parking lots as well.


Visitors are encouraged to ride bikes this year and there will be a bike corral and valet  bicycle parking courtesy of Valley Metro and  Phoenix Spokes People, located at the Oasis on Grand (in the parking lot south of the building by the info table).

Pedal Cabs (Noon—10:00pm): You can also catch a free pedal cab courtesy of Arizona Pedal Cab Company and the Grand Avenue Merchants’ Assoc. Pedal Cab stops are located at the Oasis on Grand, 1501 Grand; & Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 Grand, but will drop you at your desired destination.

There will also be a Bicycle Pub Crawl, with the opportunity to win a customized bicycle.

Food and Drink

There are lots of food choices including restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood and food trucks that will be join-ing us especially for the Festival!

Admission to the Festival is free, and all events are free. Please call 602.391.4016 for information. Click here for a press release with an overview of the Festival. Watch this space for a schedule of activities and Festival program.