#29 – Plaza Art Fair
Country Club Plaza
Good for: Families, dog lovers, art connoisseurs.
Features: 240 artists, 20+ restaurant booths, live music.
Tip: Bring cash, and order small bites from a variety of food stands.
The Plaza Art Fair is an annual celebration of art, music, food and drinks. The fair began as an event to draw crowds to the shopping district during the Great Depression in 1932. Over the past 86 years, the fair has grown immensely, now taking up nine blocks of the Plaza and drawing 250,000 people annually.
It is free to enter the Plaza Art Fair, and you can spend hours wandering the art and food booths. Food and drinks are reasonably priced, and there’s art at a variety of price ranges – great for those of us who can’t drop a grand on a painting. ☺
What to do at the Plaza Art Fair
Art – Whatever kind of art you’re in to, the Plaza Art Fair has it. There are booths with sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photography, fashion and more.
Food – Over 20 of the Plaza’s best restaurants showcase specialty menus at the festival, including Gram & Dun, Kona Grill, McCormick & Schmick’s, The Gran Falloon and many more.
Drinks – In addition to choice menu items, the Plaza restaurants offer beverage options. I had the best Jalapeno Margarita from Zocalo.
Music – There is also live, local music on three stages ALL weekend long. Love it.
Shop – The Plaza Art Fair is a great chance to peruse the many stores the Plaza has to offer from Tiffany’s to Urban Outfitters.
I went Saturday afternoon around 1pm, and it was decently busy, but the longer we stayed, the busier it got. There were lines for the more popular restaurants, but it was all manageable and never felt packed. The Plaza Art Fair is such a fun way to celebrate the beginning of fall. xx, Libbie.