The people behind the downtown Summer Arts Festival are branching out to the west this fall.
ARTsarben, a free event featuring an art show, live music, family activities and lots of food, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Aksarben Village near 67th and Center Streets. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The festival is clearly modeled after its summer counterpart, but it will have its own vibe, planners say.
The Summer Arts Festival has been around for 38 years and has developed a loyal following, said Adam Sawyer, president of the Summer Arts Festival/ARTsarben board of directors.
“Fans of the festival are going to find many of their favorite features at ARTsarben, but they will discover this new event has its own unique personality,” he said in a press release.
More than 70 juried artists from Nebraska and elsewhere in the country will have booths selling items including jewelry, sculpture, photography, fiber arts, glass works, metal art and wood pieces. Some of the favorite Summer Arts Festival artists will be represented.
The art show also will feature work from University of Nebraska at Omaha students.
Live music starts at 11 a.m. and runs throughout the festival. Groups such as Rhythm Collective, the Prairie Gators, Lemon Fresh Day, the Gulizia Brothers and two UNO ensembles will perform. The music stage will be set up in Stinson Park.
In the KidZone, young ones can chill out in bounce houses, take part in art activities and see a solar bubble-blowing tower. The Throwing Picassos jugglers will perform on Saturday and giant parade puppets will wander the grounds of the festival.
Treats will be available from a couple of food trucks and booths selling fish and seafood, pizza, calzones, ice cream and more. A Brew House also will offer beer and wine.
Free parking will be available in several lots surrounding Aksarben Village. The 67th and Center Streets entrance to the area will be closed to vehicles from 9 a.m. Friday to midnight on Sunday. During the festival, you can access ARTsarben from 67th Street from the north, Mercy Road from the west and 64th Avenue from the east.