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Community's annual children's arts festival returns Saturday

The annual “make it and take it home” event for children and their parents, the Children’s Festival of the Arts, returns 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, on Yuma’s historic downtown Main Street.

Supported by dozens of local organizations and art education supporters, this family-friendly festival is free to attend.

Children’s Festival of the Arts hosts nearly 50 arts and crafts booths full of make-and-take projects for attendees. Various food vendors, entertainment, music and demonstrations by local artists and dance troupes will fill the day.

“We are thrilled and excited to be celebrating 26 years of Children’s Festival of the arts,” said Marketing Specialist Ana Lazo-Padilla, with the City’s Arts and Culture division of its Parks and Recreation Department. “We love this event because of the support of our community and because we get to see happy and smiley faces all day. Watching entire families come into the galleries and taking photos in front of their children’s work of art is just priceless!”

Performances will feature the following groups:

  • Freedom Dance Company
  • Arizona Classical Ballet
  • Jawhara Belly Dance Group
  • Jam University (acoustic guitar/vocals)
  • Roosevelt Folkloric Group.
  • JAMS.
  • Jazz of Yuma.
  • Beall Dance Studio.
  • Dancemakers.
  • Dancers’ Workshop.


Attendees are also invited inside the Yuma Art Center galleries to experience a display of student works of art from area schools. The Yuma Rotary Club sponsors the Children’s Festival of the Arts student exhibit.

The 2018 Children’s Festival of the Arts sponsors include A&R Jumpers, American for the Arts, Arizona Commission of the Arts; Historic Coronado Motor Hotel, PR Equipment Services, Yuma Area Art Educators, Yuma Rotary Club, Yuma Regional Medical Center, and Lamar Advertising.