Enjoy the arts outdoors at Artisans in the Park - now in September!

37th Annual Art and Craft Festival takes place at Great Neck Park on September 8 & 9

Friday, July 20, 2012

Explore the works of over 75 artists and craftsmen during the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s 37th annual Artisans in the Park, Art and Craft Festival - all in the serenely secluded backdrop of Great Neck Park (2513 Shorehaven Drive). This 2012 two-day event is now in September, thus offering attendees the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy Virginia Beach’s early autumn weather while enjoying the local and regional artists displaying, demonstrating and selling original art and fine craft wares. This event is free and open to the public, beginning at 10:00 am on both days, ending at 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 8 and 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 9.

Artists & Craftsmen
A variety of art and fine craft styles are included in this outdoor art and craft festival including pottery, metal and glass work, photography, jewelry, drawing and paintings, and sculpture. All work is of original design with the artists onsite. There are artisans who throw pots, turn wood, paint pictures, blow glass, forge metal, and photograph beautiful landscapes and wildlife, including beach and historic settings in Hampton Roads.

Main Stage Musical Performances
Stop by the Main Stage for live music throughout the weekend.
11:00 am & noon | Local singer/songwriter Rachel Rocheleau
2:00 pm & 3:00 pm | The Steve Daley Band

11:00 am & noon | Jazz saxophonist “Johnny J”
2:00 pm & 3:00 pm | Musical Group Zig Zag
Other Highlights
Children will have an opportunity to have a free picture ID Card made on site, compliments of the Virginia Beach Mason Lodge, District 56. The impressive park playground features play equipment which allows access for children of all ages and abilities.


Ceramic Designer’s Association offers the display and sale of works by local guild members all weekend.

Free Clay Play for children
• Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
• Sunday, Noon – 3:00 pm
A variety of food concessionaires will be selling delicious items including, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, pitas and more! Smoothies, lemonade, kettle corn, ice cream and even funnel cake will be available too.


Other Information
Parking at Cox High School (corner of Great Neck Road & Shorehaven Drive), with free shuttle bus service to the nearby park. Artisans in the Park, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s 37th Annual Art & Craft Festival, is brought to you by Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. For more information, please call (757) 385-2990, e-mail fun@VBgov.com, or visit www.VBgov.com/specialevents.


Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation provides for the recreational needs of the community through parkland, facilities and programs to enhance the quality of life in Virginia Beach. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: Dial 711 Virginia Relay), visit VBgov.com/parks or sign up our email newsletters at VBgov.com/eNews.


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