The Region’s Largest Holiday Celebration of Arts and Community Returns to Oro Valley in 2019
The Holiday Festival of the Arts & Tree Lighting Celebration brings two days of outstanding art, live music, interactive creative experiences, delicious food and so much more in this anticipated holiday celebration.
(Tucson, AZ) Join the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Town of Oro Valley as they partner to present the largest community celebration of arts and culture in Southern Arizona on December 7th and 8th, 2019 at the Oro Valley Marketplace. For two days, the community has an opportunity to experience a vast array of arts and creative experiences, themed for the holidays.
The Oro Valley Holiday Festival of the Arts & Tree Lighting Celebration is the true essence of creative placemaking, cultivating the arts as an essential part of Oro Valley’s identity. The two-day festival is one of Southern Arizona’s largest community arts celebrations, with over 150 artisans, over 30 performances by student and local musicians, family arts activities, food trucks, the TUBACHRISTMAS holiday play-along, an appearance by Santa and endless photo opportunities!
Festivities culminate in the lighting of the Oro Valley holiday tree at 6 p.m. on December 7. The festival brings the community together, stimulates the local economy, enhances surrounding businesses, and provides opportunities for local artists to promote their work. SAACA produces the annual event in partnership with the Town of Oro Valley and Oro Valley Marketplace, a Town West Realty property, with additional support by local businesses and organizations.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Browse over 150 artisans to find that perfect one-of-a kind gift for your family and friends. Only one week after Thanksgiving, the Oro Valley Marketplace is transformed into a holiday marketplace complete with handmade craft artisans from around the world. This is your antidote to the big-box madness of holiday shopping. By bringing together craft artists of the highest caliber all under one roof, the Holiday Festival of Arts is a one-stop holiday shopping opportunity for unique, handmade gifts in a range of prices.
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING
The crowning moment of the festival will take place on Saturday evening, when the 35-foot holiday tree towering over the Marketplace is lit at 6:00 PM. The Tree Lighting Celebration festivities begin at 2:00 PM on Saturday and will feature live entertainment from local students, activities for children, free refreshments, cookie decorating, ornament making and a special appearance by Santa!
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2 PM
TUBACHRISTMAS is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family, including the tuba, sousaphone, baritone, and euphonium. Join over 100 euphoniums at TUBACHRISTMAS at the Festival of the Arts.
The Festival of the Arts features food trucks and vendors in a variety of genres. Whether you’re looking for a festival staple like kettle corn or freshly fried donuts, or a unique grilled cheese sandwich or savory Pastizzi pastry, the Festival of the Arts is the place to be for holiday favorites.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ALL WEEKEND
The festival features a full weekend of live performances on the festival main stage!
Saturday, December 7
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Oro Valley Jazz Band
10:40 AM – 11:10 AM SASO Flute Ensemble
11:15 AM – 11: 40 AM Maguire Academy of Irish Dance
11:50 AM – 12:05 PM One Rehearsal Short
12:10 PM – 12:40 PM Sons of Orpheus
12:50 PM – 1:05 PM Wilson Elementary Choir
1:10 PM - 1:30 PM Wilson Middle School Choir
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Tuba Christmas
3:00 PM Santa Arrival Procession with Ironwood Marching Band
3:10 PM Opening Remarks by Andrew Capasso
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM Painted Sky Elementary Chorus
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Oro Valley Team Dance
4:20 PM - 5:00 PM Kids Unlimited
5:10 PM – 5:30 PM Tucson Girls Chorus Northwest Choir
5:00 PM Lauren Lawson performing at Tree
5:30 PM Carolyn’s Carolers performing at Tree
6:00 PM Tree Lighting Celebration with Santa at Tree
Strolling Music: 4 PM – 5:30 PM –- Carolyn’s Carolers
Sunday, December 8
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Lauren Lawson (Oro Valley Singer-Songwriter)
11 AM - 11:45 AM Absinthe Beat Cats (Jazz and Holiday)
12 PM - 12:45 PM Nossa Bossa Nova (Brazilian Holiday Songs)
1 PM - 1:45 PM Desert Melodies (Holiday Favorites)
2 PM - 2:30 PM Coronado Middle School Singers
3 PM - 3:45 PM The Nazarene Band
Strolling Music: 12 PM – 2 PM - Havin' a Blast A Cappella Quartet
Presented by Pima Federal Credit Union, explore the intersection of the arts and cutting-edge technology in our Innovation Station! The University of Arizona Center for Digital Humanities showcases a Virtual Reality (VR) Station with 3D art design experience, utilizing Oculus and Laptop technologies. Try painting in a 3D immersive landscape with Google's TiltBrush Software. Literary arts will be in full display as attendees can participate in Bookman’s pop up literary experience, hear stories by local children’s book authors, and jump into their own a comic book with the Comic Bookmobile hosted by Frank Powers.
Sponsored by the Town of Oro Valley, the festival will feature holiday-themed custom murals from local artists Wesley Creigh and Alex Jimenez in front of the Walmart and Century Theaters.
Community festivals are key to supporting local economic development, a stronger sense of place, and are key to building thriving communities throughout the world. The arts add to our lives in many intangible ways as well as contributing positively to our economy as a whole.
The generated economic activity of arts festivals like the Holiday Festival of the Arts and Oro Valley Tree Lighting Celebration has a significant, positive impact on the local economy. The local tourism and hospitality industries and local businesses see a direct benefit which creates a chain of economic activity that is measurable.
2019 Oro Valley Holiday Festival of the Arts & Tree Lighting Celebration
When: Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 pm. and Sunday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Cost: Free admission
Arizona Grand Wine Festival to Feature 225+ Locally Grown Wines on Nov 16th at Kierland Commons
Arizona Wine Growers Association and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance come to Kierland POP: Art in Unexpected Places Festival, to feature 36 local Arizona wineries pouring over 200 wines, including the winners of the 2019 azcentral Grand Wine Competition
(PHOENIX, Ariz.) - The Arizona Wine Growers Association Grand Tasting Festival is pleased to announce the winery lineup for the 11th annual festival, taking place Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at Kierland Commons as part of the Kierland POP: Art in Unexpected Places Festival. The largest local wine festival in the state will showcase over 225 wines from 36 different wineries across Arizona.
The Grand Tasting Festival, now in its eleventh year, has grown into a nationally recognized event that attracts over 5,000 attendees from across the state. Attendees at the festival will enjoy some of the Arizona’s finest wines, live entertainment, a local fine art marketplace, and a selection of food trucks and concessions. Festivalgoers will have the unique opportunity to discuss the wines they are sampling with the vintners onsite.
“This year at the Grand Wine Festival guests will enjoy unmatched access to the largest collection of Arizona wines and we look forward to connecting the winemakers with an exclusive audience of wine lovers,” says Kris Pothier, President of the Arizona Wine Growers Association. “We hope that festival attendees enjoy the taste and aromas of the wines they explore, but also create lasting memories around those wines by sharing them with friends and family, in the gorgeous setting of Kierland Commons.”
The largest celebration of Arizona wine in the country will include:
2018 Malvasia Bianca, 2018 Chardonnay, Confluence XI, 2017 Syrah, 2017 Petite Sirah, Grand Rouge X, 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 X-Port
Arizona Hops and Vines
Jamie, Uncle John, Sophia
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
2018 Dayden, 2017 Dala Cab, 2017 Dala Merlot, 2018 Mangus, 2017 Bayshan, 2018 Bonita Springs Vineyard Riesling, 2018 Bonita Springs Vineyard Gewurztraminer, 2018 Deep Sky Vineyard Grenache Clone 515, 2017 Buhl Vineyard Syrah Clone 174
Birds and Barrels Vineyards
White Grenache, Symphony, Riesling, Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah
Burning Tree Cellars
2018 Rose B, 2018 Trademarked, 2017 Peddler, 2018 Architect, 2017 Xiabalba, 2018 Lotus, 2917 Colibri Mourvedre, 2017 Colibri Syrah
Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards
Four Eight Wineworks – White, Merkin Vineyards - Chupacabra Rosa, Merkin Vineyards – Chupacabra,
Caduceus Cellars – Sancha
2018 Love Muffin, 2018 Dry Rose, 2017 Rhumb Line Grenache, 2016 Claire's, 2017 Padres, 2016 Tannat,
2015 Amor Fati Malvasia Bianca Dessert Wine
Carlson Creek Vineyard
Sweet Adeline Muscat, Grenache Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec
2017 Cousin Idd, 2016 Earth Cuckoo, 2016 Cimarron Sangiovese, 2017 Dr. Ron Bot, 2018 Miss Sandy Jones, 2018 Rose
Deep Sky Vineyard
Big Bang, Constellation, Stellar, Supernova, Aurora, Eclipse
Del Rio Springs Vineyard
2018 Cabernet Franc, 2017 Ameritage (Red Blend), 2017 Pinot Noir, 2018 Zinfandel, 2017 Chardonnay, 2018 Obsession (Pinot Grigio), 2018 AZ Fume (Sauvignon Blanc & Phoenix Blend), 2018 Vino Bianco (Italian Blend), 2018 Pinot Noir Rose, 2017 Dolce Bianco (Late Harvest Vignoles)
Dos Cabezas WineWorks
2018 El Campo Blanco, 2016 Aguileon, 2015 Toscano, 2015 El Norte, 2014 Red
Four Tails Vineyard
2017 Double Trouble Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017 Short Temper Tempranillo, 2017 Big Paw Petite Sirah, 2017 Amigos Petit Verdot, 2018 Pete Rose Rosé"
#Breakfastwine, Garage-East Green Wine, Garage-East Higley Road, Garage-East Ray Road
Golden Rule Vineyards
2017 Cabernet Franc, 2016 Petit Verdot, 2018 Grenache Blanc, 2017 Petite Sirah, 2016 Cobre Loma
Grand Canyon Wine Co.
2018 Voyager- Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 Traveler- GSM, 2018 Daydreamer- Rosé, 2018 Switchback- Chardonnay
Heart Wood Cellars
2017 Syrah Reserve, 2017 Heart (blend), 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017 Tempranillo
High Lonesome Vineyard
Tannat, Lemberger, PicPoul Blanc
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
2017 Puzzle Vine Picpoul Blanc, 2018 Best Friends Voignier, 2018 Rock Creek Rose, 2014 Three Sisters Syrah, 2014 Partners Rhone Blend, 2016 Two Reds Grenache, 2015 Keeling Brothers Shiraz, 2016 Home Place Reserve Syrah
2018 Dos Hermanas, 2018 Malvasia Bianca, 2017 Mourvèdre Rosé, 2017 Arizmo, 2018 Dos Compadres
2015 Sky Island Viogner, 2014 Sky Island Grenache, 2014 Sky Island Syrah, 2013 Sky Island Petite Sirah,
2014 ""The Signature" Petite Sirah
Lightning Ridge Cellars
2013 Zinfandel, 2016 Aglianico, 2016 Montepulciano Riserva, 2014 Montepulciano
2016 Chardonnay, 2018 Riesling, 2017 Malvasia Bianca, 2016 Grenache Rose, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Heritage Red, Heritage White, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Garnacha Blanca, Albarino
Page Springs Cellars
2018 Vino de la Familia Blanca, 2018 Gewürztraminer, 2018 Nebbiolo Rosé, 2018 Super Arizona,
2017 El Serrano, 2018 Vino de la Familia, 2018 Vidal Blanc
Pierce Wines Arizona
Bodega Pierce Sauvignon Blanc, Bodega Pierce Malvasia Bianca, Saeculum Cellars Chardonnay ML+, Bodega Pierce Pandora, Bodega Pierce Athena, Bodega Pierce Emotiva, Saeculum Cellars Cache, Saeculum Cellars Gallia
Pillsbury Wine Company
2015 WildChild White, 2017 Chardonnay, 2016 Viognier, 2016 Malvasia, 2017 Symphony WildChild Red, 2018 Rose, 2017 Grenache, 2017 Mourvedre, 2016 Petite Sirah
2018 Provisioner Red, 2018 Provisioner Rose, 2018 Provisioner White
2018 Viognier, 2018 Rosé, 2016 Wild Syrah, 2017 Classic Syrah, 2017 Grenache
2017 Malvasia Bianca, 2018 Grenache Rosé, 2015 ""7"" Syrah/Tempranillo, 2016 ""x"" Red Blend Tempranillo/Petite Sirah/Tannat
Southwest Wine Center
2017 Malvasia Bianca, 2017 Tempranillo, 2017 Sunset (red blend), 2018 Big Red (red blend), 2018 Carignan, 2018 Refosco, 2018 Harmony (rosé), 2018 Nopal (rosé), 2018 Viognier
Su Vino Winery
Pinot Grigio, Summer Rain, Peachy Keen, Blue Breeze, Cabernet Sauvignon, Porto Cocoa
The Oddity Wine Collective
2015 Chenin Blanc, 2018 Grenache Blanc, 2014 Chardonnay, 2016 Cab Sauv, 2016 Rone, 2018 Zintimate Blush
Woods Bay Winery
Merlot/Cabernet Blend, Merlot/Cabernet Blend aged in whisky barrel, Merlot/Cabernet/Petite Sirah Blend, Merlot/Cabernet/Petite Sirah/Sangiovese Blend
Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Odisea - Red blend, Sangiovese, Origen - Red blend
Festival tickets, which include a commemorative wine glass and 8 wine tasting tickets are available in advance for $35. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased onsite. Designated driver tickets, which do not include a wine glass or wine tastings, are available in advance for $15. All ticket prices will increase by $5 on the day of the event.
The wine festivities will begin on Friday night at Kierland POP Charity Night featuring the Grand Wine Awards held at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa on Friday, Nov. 15. From 6 PM to 9 PM. The evening will also feature vibrant music and lively art displays and entertainment, paired with delicious culinary and libation sampling from local chefs, and the Grand Wine Awards. The awards, known as the "Academy Awards" of Arizona wines, will celebrate Arizona wines and recognize the winners from the 2019 azcentral Grand Wine Competition.
POP Charity Night: featuring the Grand Wine Awards
When: Friday, November 15, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Where: Westin Kierland Resort & Spa (6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85254)
Arizona Wine Growers Association Grand Wine Festival
When: Saturday, November 16, 2019 (11 AM – 8 PM)
Where: Kierland Commons (15205 N Kierland Blvd Suite 150, Scottsdale, AZ 85254)
Cost: $35 in advance, $40 day-of