Greeley’s 43rd Annual Art Picnic

While we were bombarded with rain Wednesday night and most of Thursday, the weekend forecast calls for sunny skies and warm weather — a combination that makes for a perfect picnic.

The 43rd annual Greeley Arts Picnic is set to kick off at 6:30pm Friday at Greeley’s Friday Fest with popular funk band Funkiphino performing on the main stage at the 9th Street Plaza.

The event will also feature fire artists, face painters, vendors, and more, as well as plenty of options to fill your Go Cup.

Decorative Dots artwork by Patty Drew includes decorative plates, mugs, vases and wine glasses. (Photo from the city of Greeley)

This year a new feature, the 8th Saint Art Festival, will be held in conjunction with the Friday Festival. This art festival brings local artists and their works to the 8th Street Plaza for attendees to meet and get to know them. Items will be available for purchase. The 8th St. Art Festival continues through Saturday with live music, artisans and crafts, light refreshments and a chance to check out some of the businesses along the square.

Tointon Gallery has brought back its picnic fine art exhibit in the gallery on the first floor lobby of the Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Ave.

The gallery is hosting a sneak peek of the exhibit on Friday, July 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. Participants will be treated with light refreshments as well as the opportunity to meet the artists.

The exhibition is scheduled to run until Saturday, September 3, and the gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entry to the gallery is free and all ages are welcome.

For more information about the gallery, visit https://bit.ly/3B53JWn.

The painting submitted by Jeff Slammons will be part of the 2022 Picnic Fine Art Exhibition at the Twinton Gallery during the Greeley Arts Picnic event.  (Photo from the city of Greeley Culture, Parks and Recreation)
The painting submitted by Jeff Slammons will be part of the 2022 Picnic Fine Art Exhibition at the Twinton Gallery during the Greeley Arts Picnic event. (Photo from the city of Greeley Culture, Parks and Recreation)

Saturday and Sunday

Saturday’s Art Picnic really begins as the official event opens at 9 a.m. in Lincoln Park in downtown Greeley with more than 160 vendors from around the country, activities for the whole family, live music and food and beverage options open to visitors. will be Please everyone

Creation Station offers youth craft projects, face painting, balloon artists and a magic show. Children’s crafts will include the following:

  • Paper bag dolls
  • magic wand
  • Garden bouquets
  • Discover magazines
  • Summer crowns
  • Trolls and fairy houses

The Greeley Central Key Club will “tattoo” kids and help them make badges or buttons, and the Union Colony Children’s Music Academy will offer music-themed arts and activities all weekend.

The annual Greeley Arts Picnic will be held at Lincoln Park in downtown Greeley for the weekend of July 30-31.  (Greely Tribune file photo)
The annual Greeley Arts Picnic will be held at Lincoln Park in downtown Greeley for the weekend of July 30-31. (Greely Tribune file photo)

Event organizers have made sure to offer a wide selection of snacks, meals and drinks that will appeal to all ages and appetites. Vendors scheduled for the weekend include:

  • Big lemonade
  • Florida
  • Old points
  • Maulvi Kabab House
  • Tropical Sno
  • Taste the snacks and see

If you plan to attend the beer garden, organizers require you to have a valid photo ID. No one wants to ban anyone from drinking beer, but there are rules and regulations that beer vendors must follow, so make the event fun for everyone and have your ID.

Restaurants and breweries along the plazas, such as Luna’s Tacos and Tequila, TightKnit Brewing, Right Coast Pizza and The Rio, will also be open for those looking for other options.

Tony Heslop has been a potter for over 40 years.  Heslop participated in Art Picnic in the 90s and has revisited the exhibit in the past three years.  (Photo from the city of Greeley)
Tony Heslop has been a potter for over 40 years. Heslop participated in Art Picnic in the 90s and has revisited the exhibit in the past three years. (Photo from the city of Greeley)

The picnic will feature two stages – the Center Stage and the Plaza Stage – with live entertainment scheduled throughout the weekend.

From country rock and Latin to belly dancing and jazz, and everything in between, the singers, dancers and musicians are sure to get you on your feet moving and grooving.

With temperatures expected to reach around 90 degrees on Saturday and Sunday, visitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, slather the family in sunscreen and stay hydrated.

The Greeley Art Picnic features a variety of arts and crafts, including jewelry, paintings, pottery, metalwork, and more.  (Photo from the city of Greeley)
The Greeley Art Picnic features a variety of arts and crafts, including jewelry, paintings, pottery, metalwork, and more. (Photo from the city of Greeley)

City rules do not allow pets in the park, so please keep Fido indoors.

Admission and parking are free for the Greeley Art Picnic, and there are approximately 1,600 parking spaces within walking distance of the event.

Visitors can also take advantage of free park and shuttle service throughout the event, from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. The shuttle is located at Heath Middle School, 2223 16th St., and will transport guests to Lincoln Park throughout the day. The shuttle is scheduled to run every 10 minutes.

For more information about the 43rd annual Greeley Art Picnic, including a schedule of events and performances, a list of food and beer vendors, and activities at the Creation Station, visit https://bit.ly/3qo6kD7.

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