I have a dilemma.
Two events are going on this Saturday: Plaza Fest and the Downtown Arts Market. How to choose?
I think the only option is to check out both. Yes, that sounds like a plan.
Let's start with Norman's Downtown Arts Market. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Santa Fe. This outdoor market will include a kids area (with pumpkin decorating! I'm jealous), local wineries, beer on tap from Abner's Ale House, plus handmade crafts and art.
The Downtown Arts Market takes place throughout the year, but this is the last time it will be outdoors, so take advantage of the gorgeous weather.
Now on to Plaza Fest, held from noon to 10 p.m. This one is outdoors, too.
Last year, I volunteered with deadCENTER in the kid tent. This included fairly disastrous attempts at face painting. You should have seen the poor girl who asked for a full butterfly across her face. For the sake of the children, I'm checking out this year's Plaza Fest as a guest only.
Plaza Fest combines all the way-cool shops of the district with arts vendors, music, food and kids' activities (including an interactive mural " how cool). The music begins right at noon and continues throughout the day, concluding with The Pretty Black Chains taking the stage at 9 p.m.
This is seriously a really fun festival, so everyone should check it out.
photo Plaza Fest. Photo/Mark Hancock