Phoenix, Arizona – The 2019 Phoenix Fall Festival took place on November 2, 2019 from 10AM to 4 PM in Nance Park in downtown Phoenix. The Festival has been in operation for fifteen years and has become a Phoenix tradition. The Festival is held in Nance Park, which arcs over the 10 freeway. Nance Park is the main park in downtown Phoenix and is situated between the Irish Center and The Phoenix Museum of Art. The park is popular for dog lovers and there are several large, metal figures of dogs along the pathway to the main park. One of the figures was bedecked in a Pinata style in honor of the last day of Day of the Dead.
The Festival was crowded with wide-ranging vendors, from pet photographers to beer gardens. One vendor was “be kind”, which is part of the Ben’s Bells Project. Ben’s Bell’s creates artistic bells and is a non-profit fueled by volunteers. Robin Oden was at the vendor booth and explained that Ben’s Bells was a project started seventeen years ago by a mother who lost her young child to the Croup. In response, she began an organization that does artistic bells to hang. Robin said, “It’s our first time at the Festival and it’s been great. The organization relies on volunteers to make the bells. I am the studio manager and oversee the making of the bells.”
The Festival also had a beer garden that served various artisanal and popular beers. This area was cordoned off and there was a long line to enter. Towards the front of the festival were jumping cages and face painting for children. There was also a Henna art painting vendor for women of all ages.
Most importantly, there was lots of food vendors satisfying those craving the sweet and savory. There was also a live band to add to the ambience of the Festival.
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Story by Risa Peris
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