Art, crafts and live entertainment on tap at Moab Arts Festival

The Moab Arts Festival celebrates its 21st year May 25-26 with two days of live performances, food, activities, and, of course, a wide array of visual arts and hand-crafted items.

The festival is open Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Swanny City Park, 400 North 100 West. There is no charge for admission.

This year’s vendor booths include wearable and textile arts, painting and photography, pottery and wood, glass and metal art. Other items include jewelry, woodcut prints, mobiles, hand-made drums, and henna body art, according to event organizers. Artists from across the region will offer their wares during the two-day event.

Creative activities for children are another feature of the festival. The WabiSabi Kid’s Art Tent will provide hands-on art projects throughout each day. Activities at the Kid’s Art Tent utilize materials that might otherwise be discarded, and include a variety of crafts such as tie-dyeing, creating t-shirt beach bags, and building butterfly mobiles.

Teachers from the Moab Arts and Recreation Center’s “Messy Mondays” and “Arty Farty” summer programs will lead some of the activities, and the Youth Garden Project, Moab Teen Center/Club Red, the BEACON After-School Program, and the Moab Family Support Center will also be on hand to help kids create art projects. The Moab Charter School, Moab Valley Multicultural Center, BEACON, RSVP program and Family Support Center will also offer face painting each day.

A full schedule of activities is available in the festival’s publication, which can be accessed online at www.moabartsfestival.org and will also be available at the event.

The festival also includes live entertainment throughout each day. This year, the entertainment kicks off at 10 a.m. on May 25 with a performance by folk and blues artist Bob Greenspan. Celtic and bluegrass band Wayward Molly will perform at 11:15 a.m., followed by the Moab Taiko Dan and students from the group’s after-school program at Helen M. Knight Elementary School at 12:30 p.m. The weekend entertainment also includes performances by Sister Wives, Funkdafari, Jeffrey Pine, Moab’s own Fiery Furnace Marching Band, and a spoken word/oral history performance by Armando Solorzano. Grassroots Shakespeare will also peform “Taming of the Shrew” on Saturday.