56th Annual Festival of the Arts
February 4 – 8, 2015 – 10 am – 5 pm dailyThe 56th annual Tubac Festival of the Arts, Arizona’s longest running festival, will be held on February 4 – 8, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm each day; admission is free.
A juried show, the Tubac Festival of the Arts features 175 art booths with artists from around the country. The festival features a range of artwork from fine painting and sculpture to fun and functional ceramics, skillfully crafted wood and leatherworks and shimmering glass. Visitors will also see photography, unique jewelry, artful clothing and mixed media works.
Yesterday friends Ron & Dee asked us if we wanted to go to the Tubac Arts Festival today and we both readily agreed that would be great. They picked us up around 10:00AM and we were on our way to Tubac. It was a quick 45 mile trip down backroads and then I-19 south to Tubac. As soon as we arrived I knew I was in trouble. The close in parking lots were full and we snagged a spot on a ballfield 6-7 blocks from the beginning of the exhibits. Thankfully there were numerous spots for me to rest my weary old body.
We managed to see most of the booths and Gerry picked up a couple gifts and also a ceramic soap dish. She did manage to check out every jewelry booth along the way and there were a lot of them.
Not all the booths were jewelry spots and one of the nicer ones had paintings on copper sheets. They would look great in a house but wouldn't fit very well in our motorhome.
There were a lot of people at the Festival, but not as many as there will be Friday-Sunday. It will be a zoo then with most likely twice as many people there. Not us though!
We all saw what we came to see and decided to have lunch at Manuel's in Green Valley. It is one of our favorite Mexican restaurants and we weren't disappointed today. Rather than bore you with meal pictures I am only including Gerry and Dee's meals. Yes, those are adult drinks on the table. I had my usual beer and the others had margaritas. (plural for each).
It was very hot out there today and it was nice to find some shady spots to take a break. As usual, there weren't any water fountains available. We had a bottle of water and stopped for some soda and that helped a lot.
Thanks again Ron & Dee for the ride and company. We had a great time.