2013 Danville Fall Crafts Festival
Hosted by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Danville, the admission-free festival takes place along Hartz Avenue, between Diablo and Hartz Way and East and West Prospect. The festival features 200 talented artisans showing their work. Genres range from ceramics, glass, fiber art, wood and leather to paintings, jewelry, photography and mixed media.
For family-friendly fun, explore the enchanting Glass Pumpkin Patch on Prospect at Hartz Avenue, displaying more than 1,000 glass pumpkins of every size, color and shape. The always-popular Children's Costume Parade starts at 10AM at School and Hartz Avenue on Saturday, October 26. Penny the miniature horse, a Danville favorite from local non-profit Horses Healing Hearts, will lead the parade with
Sparky the San Ramon Valley Fire District Dog and safe trick-or-treating with downtown Danville merchants and festival artists will take place on both days. Other activities for youngsters include face painting, inflatables from Backyard Carnivals and train rides sponsored by the Museum of San Ramon Valley.
For adults, a beverage garden sponsored by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce offers refreshing microbrews from Schubros Brewery and wines. Propect Avenue events, held between Hartz Avenue and Front Street include special merchant activities and a local dance performance by Next Step Dance Studio on Saturday. On Sunday a Classic Car Show sponsored by David Miller with Hot Summer Nights and a vintage BMX Bike show will be held on East Prospect.
"The Danville Fall Crafts Festival is such a happy event - everyone gets involved, including the artists and merchants," says Shelby McNamara, president of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce. "And it's the perfect place to find holiday decorations and gifts." Don't forget to pop in to all of the local downtown merchants and restaurants!
Talented street corner musicians provide entertainment for festival-goers all weekend long: World Music tunes, lively xylophone and marimba music, and romantic Italianate ballads on guitar and mandolin plus local fave, Laurie B. Ballard and her fun and folksy tunes and repartee with the crowd.
Festival visitors also enjoy free unlimited parking in city-owned lots and curbside spaces (the two hour parking limit will not be enforced) as well as free and monitored parking for bicycles sponsored by Sustainable Danville Area and SRVHS E-2 Environmental Club in the Consignit Couture and Pegasus Bicycle Works parking lot.
For information contact 925-837-4400 or visit the festival website: www.mlaproductions.com.