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Red Hot Art Festival celebrates 10 this weekend

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Once again it is time for Stevens Square Park's Red Hot Art Festival. This year is extra hot, however, because it is the event's 10-year anniversary. And that's definitely worth celebrating.


This happening is anything but your typical high-priced art fair. Not only will there be up to 100 booths for artists to display their wares -- ranging from revamped, used clothing, to bracelets made from license plates, to one-of-a-kind paintings -- there will also be musical acts on two stages to provide the perfect summer shopping soundtrack.

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There are over 25 bands scheduled to perform during this two-day festival, including Andy Elwell, Bouncer Fighter, Nightosaur, Matthew Inkala and the Hostages, the Sunny Era, Party of One, Black Audience, and Bethany Larson.

Red Hot Art's website provides a complete list of participating artists, including those who will be creating live art onsite. And with many local organizations providing hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will have the chance to get artistic, too.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors Asase Yaa, Big Bell Ice Cream, La Loma Tamales, and Boiler Room Coffee.

In honor of the festival's 10th birthday, on Saturday there will be a special performance by local band Seawhores at 8 p.m., followed by a short speech by City Councilmember Rober Lilligren. At dusk, there will be a screening of Little Shop of Horrors.

The Red Hot Art Festival is free to attend and runs this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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