One of the Largest Small Town Arts & Music Festivals in Arizona Returns with the31st Annual Patagonia Fall Festival
Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Sky Island Tourism Association are proud to partner again for this continuously growing community artist festival
For over three decades, Patagonia, Arizona has been the home of one of the largest home-grown, art festivals in the state, welcoming in tens of thousands of attendees to the sprawling town park to show their support for over 125 local artists and business. The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and the Sky Islands Tourism Association (SITA) are proud to partner once again to present the 31st Annual Patagonia Fall Festival on October 12 & 13, 2019 at the Patagonia Town Park.
Over 15,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival, with more than 125 local Arizona artists, exhibitors and vendors selling throughout the weekend. Attendees can find a wide range of unique, hand crafted pieces ranging from delicately painted wine glasses to intricately carved home décor. New to this year’s festival will be an interactive innovation station, allowing guests of all ages to get involved with a variety of arts and crafts with local businesses and organizations. Food vendors, as well as a wine and beer garden, will also be onsite all weekend, giving guests a variety of delicious cuisine and drinks to fill up on while they enjoy an array of live musical performances on the gazebo main stage. Musical performances include Jarabe Mexicano, Incidental Bluegrass, Mr. Boogie Woogie, Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band and more, as well as a musical instrument ‘petting’ zoo hosted by Jam Pak.
The partnership between the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and the Sky Islands Tourism Association (SITA) seeks to highlight the diversity of local artists & business in the region as well as to support arts and cultural tourism and economic development in Patagonia, Arizona.
"The Fall Festival in Patagonia gives visitors a chance to experience our town and want to come back for another visit," says Patagonia, Arizona town manager, Ron Robinson. "I like to think of Patagonia as a place you want to be if you're looking to be immersed in a home-grown community, built around the arts and nature melding into one welcoming town."
Thirty years ago, the Town of Patagonia held its first fall festival to showcase extraordinary talent and artistry against the beautiful backdrop of their community, nestled at over 4,000 feet in the mountains of Southeast Arizona. Now in its 31st year, the festival attracts more than 15,000 visitors to Patagonia’s lovely tree-shaded park in the center of town over a festive weekend.
Attendees are also encouraged to start the festival off early with a Friday celebration on October 11th. Early festivities include live music on the main stage in the late afternoon and great local brands from the beer and wine garden presented by Arizona Craft Distillers Guild.
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the preservation, advancement and creation of the arts in communities throughout the State. Each year, SAACA makes its impacts through advocacy, diverse arts and cultural programming, opportunities for artists, and creative community projects. Over the past 20 years, the organization has provided services and programming for over 700,000 artists, organizations and individuals throughout the State.
Visitors to Patagonia and the Fall Festival are encouraged to explore the wide array of shops, galleries, restaurants and attractions that will be open all weekend including the Patagonia Museum, Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Creative Spirits Artist’s Gallery, Gathering Grounds, Ovens of Patagonia and more!
Patagonia Fall Festival
When: Saturday, October 12, 10am-5pm & Sunday, October 13, 10am-4pm
Where: Patagonia Town Park, 325 McKeown Ave, Patagonia, AZ 85624
Tickets: Free Event Entrance
Phone: (520) 797-3959 x 107
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Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to promote engagement in arts and culture, helping our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages.
Sky Island Tourism Association
The mission of Sky Island Tourism Association (SITA) is to grow regional tourism, thereby enhancing business and employment opportunities within the Sky Island communities of Elgin, Sonoita and Patagonia. SITAS’ objective is to make the Sky Islands region a well-known and popular tourist destination for short and long term visitors. Our excellent visitor's center, highly capable volunteer staff, established website, and affiliation with the Arizona Office of Tourism, and now SAACA, form a solid foundation for these efforts.