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Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on July 31, 2009 at 6:00 am with No Comments »
July 31, 2009 6:00 am

MetalUrge festival in downtown Tacoma

Q: How many arts festivals can you fit into one weekend?

A: Five.

This weekend, look out for free festivals left, right and center as the South Sound mixes art and sunshine. Tonight in Tollefson Plaza and Tacoma Art Museum, the MetalUrge festival celebrates the summer-long, city-wide metal art intensive with SOTAbots (5 p.m.), the Iron Artist competition (6 p.m.), a handbell choir (6:30 p.m.), a participatory aluminum pour (ongoing) and more. 5-8 p.m. tonight. Free. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258 (TAM), www.tacomaculture.org (MetalUrge)


Go local at Proctor Arts Fest

This neighborhood festival features a juried art show, the Museum of Glass mobile Hot Shop, an art quest, the Bite of Proctor, Thea Foss at the Blue Mouse Theater, local musicians and 100 vendors. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Aug.1. Free. North Proctor Street at North 26th Street, Tacoma. www.proctorartsfest.com


Urban Art Fest mixes art and cars

Reinvented as "Iron vs. Art," the UAF party has moved to just outside The Swiss Tavern, and includes a pre-1973 car show, live glassblowing, contemporary dance, food, beer garden and an indie music stage. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 1. Free. South 19th and Jefferson Streets, Tacoma. tacomaurbanart.com


Flowers and Art in the Garden

Annual Enumclaw juried art show Art in the Garden displays local artists in a flower-garden setting to raise funds for local non-profit Arts Alive. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 1 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 2. Free. 46620 228th Ave. SE, Enumclaw. 260-802-6787, www.plateauartsalive.org


Puyallup’s first Art at the Market

Meet artists in action at the Puyallup Farmers’ Market this Saturday: There’ll be demonstrations, live musicians and work for sale. Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 1. Free. Pioneer Park, 330 S. Meridian, Puyallup. www.artsdowntown.org

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