Patagonia Fall Festival - 24 years of music, art and family fun | Community Spirit
The Patagonia Fall Festival is known throughout the state as one of Arizona’s best small town celebrations. It is a genuine community event, with local residents, Town of Patagonia staff, businesses and not-for-profit groups working together to create a festival that offers an affordable weekend of entertainment, food and gifts for the whole family. With a 23-year track record of success, the three-day festival has gained a reputation as one of the best events for quality arts and crafts, great entertainment, and fantastic food in Southern Arizona. The friendly townspeople, exhibitors, and volunteers make the festival an annual “must” for thousands of visitors. Ample seating and food tables under mature shade trees make the festival a particularly enjoyable and relaxing day for everyone.
WHEN: October 12 – 14 (from 11 a.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday)
WHERE: Patagonia Town Park (on Arizona’s Scenic route 82 between Sonoita and Nogales, approximately one hour from Tucson and three hours from Phoenix.)
Shoppers will find unique gifts and goodies from over 140 arts, crafts, entertainment, gourmet and specialty food, not-for-profit, and information booths of exhibitors from all parts of the USA. A wine and beer garden featuring local area wines is located in the main entertainment area. Native American jewelry, custom furniture, fine art, sculpture, handmade soaps, chili ristras, pottery, stained glass, leather goods, beadwork, candles, and roasted almonds are just some of the wonderful items for sale at the festival. As in past years, visitors can comb through the extensive selection of books available at bargain prices at the Friends of the Patagonia Library sale, visit with baby alpacas, learn about the many opportunities to explore local natural treasures and help support local not-for-profits.
More than a dozen food service booths will be offering crowd favorites such as Zuni and Navajo Indian Fry Bread and Tacos, Gourmet Burgers, Thai foods, Texas Twister fruit drinks, and Greek Gyros. As always, the great restaurants of Patagonia will be serving a diverse menu of meals and snacks. Patagonia’s unique shops and galleries show off their finest during the event.
The Gazebo Stage, located in the center of Town Park, is the focal point for the weekend’s free musical entertainment. This year’s schedule celebrates the reunion of two Santa Cruz County bands with Busted Cowboys on Saturday and The Moreno Family on Sunday.
On Friday the Hog Canyon Band rocks the crowd with their special blend of blues, rock and country.
Saturday’s line-up opens with the Busted Cowboys: Slim and Rocky Harper reunite, joining forces with Jim Koweek and Tim O’Connor performing true old time country western music.
Barry and Friends follow with an eclectic blend of music and musicians. Highlighting the day’s festivities, Kevin Pakulis and Amy Langley will delight the crowd with their rocking desert sounds.
Sunday’s entertainment opens with the mellow sounds of Native American flute and guitar performed by Zach Farley and Louis Granillo. Next, Haywire, one of Patagonia’s local party favorites, will play Blues Rock and Country music. Closing the show will be the much-awaited reunion of The Moreno Family, a longtime Patagonia family featuring Latin, percussion and a great mix of old, new and everything in between.
Festival entertainment coordinator Ann Mihalik adds, “We will be remembering and missing Jonathan Holden who provided sound for our show for many years. We invite you to join us for this truly special weekend. Please don’t forget to bring a hat for shade to aid in your enjoyment of the show.”
The silent auction will offer nearly 100 works contributed by participating arts and crafts vendors. Monies from the silent auction are dedicated to the Park Preservation Fund, a fund that is used to help maintain and preserve the Patagonia Town Park’s grounds, trees and landscaping. Items are auctioned and biding is closed every three hours during the three festival days.
McKeown Avenue will be closed to traffic, creating a venue for street performers, access to the local galleries and restaurants of Patagonia, and additional handicapped parking. Admission and entertainment are free to the public and the park is wheelchair accessible. Free mini-van and horse drawn wagon parking shuttles provide access to additional parking areas.
For more information call the Patagonia Visitor Center at (520) 394-0060 or (888) 794-0060 or contact festival coordinator Kazz Workizer at (520) 559-0732, or visit their website at: www.patagoniafallfestival.com