Join Denver’s Celebrated Cherry Creek Arts Festival on July 4th Weekend

The 2010 Cherry Creek Arts Festival celebrates the visual, culinary and performing arts this 4th of July weekend in North Cherry Creek, starting Friday evening with the Artist Preview Event. The free, three-day event features a wealth of activities, from talking with the juried artists at their booths to chef demos and live musical performances.

Event Highlights

Artists –The 230 juried visual artists exhibit their original, handcrafted work throughout the weekend. Eleven of them are artistic award winners from the 2009 show. Nearly half of the visual artists are exhibiting at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival for the first time.

Artist Preview Event – The free, public event offers a sneak peek at the art of 29 visual artist exhibitors accompanied by folk rock and jazz performed by Barry Shapiro and The Fazz Band.

Artivity Avenue

– This full block of interactive activities for the entire family includes the Kulinary Kidz food court, interactive chalk art, and the opportunity to participate in the creation of the Mosaic Mural. At Creation Station, kids can make paper flowers, seed art, paper plate maracas, Chinese Lanterns and lots more.

Culinary Demonstrations – Chefs give entertaining and informative demonstrations several times a day.

Cultural Pavilion – The pavilion showcases Hispanic and African dance, art education and Japanese music, theater and traditions

Festival Mornings – Demonstrations related to the art of fitness include Tai chi, Chinese yoga and Zumba. On July 4, the festival will try for the American record for the largest Tai chi demonstration.

Live Music – From soul music to rock, bands will be performing every day at two stages. Opie Gone Bad plays their funk rock Saturday night on Fillmore Plaza.

Be a VIP

VIP status adds to the enjoyment and ease of participating in a cultural event attended by 350,000 people. The $175 Opening Gala VIP package includes the exclusive Opening Gala reception, art preview and purchase opportunity on July 2, “The Art of Gourmet Dining” plated and seated dinner program at the JW Marriott, and free parking.

The package also includes these VIP amenities throughout the festival weekend: VIP hospitality center credential access including lunch and beverages, complimentary tickets to the Artist Awards Reception on July 3, complimentary valet parking at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, and a complimentary framed, signed and numbered limited number of the 2010 Cherry Creek Arts Festival Commemorative Poster.

Just the Facts

Location: Cherry Creek North Shopping District, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues, on the six streets between Clayton and Steele Streets.

Festival Hours:

Friday, July 2  – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free Artist Preview Event on Clayton Street only

Saturday, July 3 – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Festival Nights on Fillmore Plaza, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 4 – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, July 5 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Accessibility Hour from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

More information: Visit http://www.cherryarts.org