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As the reigning No. 1 fine art festival in the country for the past three years (Art Fair SourceBook 2013, 2014, 2015), La Quinta Arts Festival 2015 invites art lovers to take a trip to the Coachella Valley and experience what everyone is raving about.
Here’s a glimpse of the 33rd annual event held on the visually stunning La Quinta Civic Center Campus, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, California — a short drive from legendary Palm Springs. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5-8.
The superb quality of the artists is what truly defines the excellence of La Quinta Arts Festival. This year it will host 230 of the nation’s premier contemporary artists arriving from 35 states, Canada and Israel to exhibit works in ceramics, drawing and pastel, fiber/textile, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood.
You don’t have to be an art expert to know what you like — and you are sure to discover that one special piece made just for you at La Quinta Arts Festival, organizers say.
OperaArts will present operetta and Broadway performances daily. Additional entertainers include flamenco guitar stylings of Milton Merlos, Bolivian Pan Pipes by Oscar Reynolds, plus members of the Steve Madaio Band, and the Louie Cruz Beltran EPK Latin jazz band. Check the festival website for a complete entertainment schedule.
Patrons can enjoy a leisurely lunch on Restaurant Row or lighter fare, fine wines and craft beers at the Island Bar and Oasis Lounge. Additionally, The Chocolate Bar by Brandini Toffee will dip vanilla ice cream bars into chocolate and rolled in their famous toffee.
Ticket prices: Adults $15, Multi-Day Pass $20, Children age 12 and younger attend for free. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance at lqaf.com. Free parking is available in the Village of La Quinta, along with paid valet and self parking options.
• La Quinta Arts Festival is presented by La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF) in partnership with premier sponsor The City of La Quinta. More details at lqaf.com or (760) 564-1244.
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