The seventh annual Art-A-Licious festival will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21, in downtown Adrian, Mich.
Art-A-Licious, a juried fine arts fair, features more than 80 artists, plus live entertainment and a variety of activities for children and families.
In addition to artists from Lenawee, Lucas, Monroe, Washtenaw, Jackson and Hillsdale counties, this year’s festival has drawn a number of exhibitors from northern Michigan and across Ohio — as well as a few from further away, including Indiana, Texas and Virginia.
“I think people will be incredibly surprised at the lineup of artists — the diversity and the talent,” said Nancy Weatherby, art fair coordinator for Art-A-Licious.
Weatherby said one of the unique draws of an art festival is that it allows people to make personal connections with artists, making purchases more meaningful.
“You’ll have a chance to talk to the artists themselves, so that something you purchase as a gift, or even for your own collection, has a story behind it,” she said.
A new feature of Art-A-Licious this year is the Emerging Artists Showcase for younger exhibitors. Weatherby said these are “high school and college students who have achieved a level of maturity in their art, but have not gotten involved in direct sales.”
Activities at Art-A-Licious include a youth art tent and a throwing tent where visitors can try their hand at using a potters’ wheel. Saturday will also feature My Adventure Theater, an interactive theater experience where young people can create and star in their own show.
The festival also features live entertainment, including an International Night event on Friday featuring Caribbean, Irish and Tejano music. International Night includes both music and food, with several local restaurants serving dishes from around the world in the tent in front of the Maumee Street stage.
Saturday’s entertainers include Genevieve Rose, winner of the 2013 Q95 Texaco Country Showdown, at noon, followed by Beatles tribute band Toppermost at 1 p.m. They will be followed by the Tecumseh Fiddlers at 3:15 p.m., Michael and Betsy Lackey at 4:30 p.m. and the Whatabouts at 5 p.m., and the Dan Kesterke Band will close out the evening at 6:30 p.m.
The festival will wrap up with a free family movie at the Adrian Public Library at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Croswell Opera House has two shows taking place during Art-A-Licious weekend: “All Shook Up,” which has a 2:30 p.m. matinee Friday and an 8 p.m. performance Saturday, and “The Zany & Bedore Comedy Tour,” an adults-only show at 8 p.m. Friday.
Festival hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The art fair portion of the festival runs until 8 p.m. each day.
For more information about Art-A-Licious, go to artalicious.org or facebook.com/artalicious.
These acts will perform on the Maumee Street stage during Art-A-Licious. The festival also includes street musicians, a youth stage, and classical music at the Adrian Symphony Orchestra’s tent.
4:45 p.m.: Rally for Lenawee United Way’s Day of Action.
5:30 p.m.: Uprizin (Caribbean steel band).
6:30 p.m.: The Diggers (Irish music).
8 p.m.: Los Hermanos Villegas (Tejano music).
10 a.m.: Adrian High School marching band.
10:40 a.m.: Lady Blues choir.
11:15 a.m.: Rhythm Dance Crew.
Noon: Genevieve Rose (winner of the Q95 Texaco Country Showdown).
1 p.m.: Toppermost (Beatles tribute band).
3:15 p.m.: The Tecumseh Fiddlers.
4:30 p.m.: Michael and Betsy Lackey.
5 p.m.: The Whatabouts (tribuete to ’60s girl groups).
6:30 p.m.: The Dan Kesterke Band.