Paseo Festival Pleasures
A major undertaking of creative making
Photos by Paige Powell
The 2019 Paseo Arts Festival is going to be an XL affair. Wait, sorry – make that XLIII, because this is the 43rd annual celebration in the historic district known for being home to creativity, and that neighborhood is getting bigger than ever by the day.
The footprint and infrastructure of the district have been growing by leaps and bounds after several years of relative stability, so expect more energy (and company) than ever at this year’s celebration of creativity Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27.
“It is truly a thrill to bring the Paseo Arts Festival back for its 43rd year; every year it gets better and better, and this year is no exception,” says Paseo Executive Director Amanda Bleakley. “Our festival features incredible artists from California to Pennsylvania, and everywhere in between.”
Just about 100 artists overall, in fact, augmenting the Paseo’s resident painters, sculptors and craftspeople with nationally acclaimed experts in ceramics, photography, glass blowing and other media. And that number doesn’t include the more than 50 performing artists who will fill two stages with music throughout the festival, the vendors crafting culinary treats in the fully stocked food court or the youngest creators who will be exploring their abilities in the free children’s area.
So visit thepaseo.org for a schedule and more info, then bring a friend or two or several – you’ll be in good company among the tens of thousands of visitors – and be ready for enjoyment; this year’s going to be big.