"Learning how to raise your own food, learning how to take care of yourself, learning how to do things for yourself and learning how to take care of each ... is really important. So, that's what we want to provide to people," said
SixTwelve, projected to open in autumn, will host an open house as well as an array of hands-on children's activities and live entertainment during the
Along with two children's areas, the
More than 60,000 people attend the event each year. Although admission is free, it is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the
"It's to basically fund so many of our community events that are going on, our children's programs, working with
The 20 or so galleries and studios in the neighborhood, a sort of hidden gem renowned for its Spanish revival architecture, also will be open during the festival.
"This is one place in the city where there's more galleries and more central focus of artists than anywhere else. So it really does help to just open the eyes of the public again to say, 'Oh yeah, I remember Paseo,'" Rosebrook said.
The festival will offer continuous live musical entertainment on two stages, with all 50-plus acts on the lineup performing for free. Along with mainstays like Tarpley's Tappers and guitarist
The North Stage will feature acoustic performers such as
"The lineup this year, I've never seen anything like it. It is exceptional," said
"I've always felt like the
Dolese is giving festivalgoers an incentive to stay a little later with the launch of his
The film fest is launching at dusk, or about
The fringe event also will showcase the films of two late, great directors: It will offer
"It's just the idea of having an open, free opportunity to bring out the family and enjoy an evening of film after the festival's closed," Dolese said.
Artists of the Future
Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan will offer its venerable
Plus, youngsters can engage in environmentally themed art activities such as making plastic fusion art out of discarded shopping bags, building a community musical wall out of recycled car parts and other items and filling a large earthworm sculpture with plastic drink bottles.
SixTwelve also will host its PicnicLand, a spot with shaded picnic tables and live entertainment from yo-yo champion
"We think that the arts are important, we think that sustainability is important, but our main, most important mission is to bring people together," Young said.
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