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Autumnfest returns to Anthem this weekend


Katlyn Ewens

ANTHEM – Anthem welcomes one of the most beloved carnivals and craft fairs back to the Valley this weekend.

Autumnfest will return to the Anthem Community Park on Oct. 22-23. The all-day event will have activities and vendors for all ages and families.

“It’s a turning point in the season,” said Michele DeMichele, director of special events for the Anthem Community Council. “People come to shop, decorate pumpkins, take great family photos, and hopefully, enjoy some cooler weather in anticipation of the coming autumn and winter.”

The council has shifted the focus of Autumnfest to a more family friendly event with interactive activities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.  This shift might draw even larger crowds to Anthem for this exciting weekend.

Typically, the craft fair and carnival draw in about 8,000 visitors, making it one of the largest in the north Phoenix area.

Along with the interactive activities, there will also be a variety of vendors offering products like home sewn and embroidered aprons and kitchen towels, framed art, culinary treats, bath and body products, hand-carved wooden creations and more!

The fall photo booth will also make its second appearance this year. It debuted last year, and was such a hit that it’s returning.  DeMichele said that the booth provides “a great keepsake opportunity for singles, couples, groups and furry friends!”

As visitors browse through the different vendors and activities they will hear live music. Two local bands will perform in the Main Pavilion. On Saturday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. will be Coldfront Country Band, and wrapping up the festivities on Sunday will be Superhero Band from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

All of the events are kid friendly, but there is also a Kids Zone with bounce houses and inflatables. Kids will also be able to ride in the Daisy Mountain Railroad train and tractor-pulled hayrides through Community Park.

Halloween is just around the corner, and families will also be able to snatch up a pumpkin for $5 at the Autumnfest Pumpkin Patch.

“Come prepared to shop, play and have fun,” DeMichele added.

To get into the festival is free, but there will be some additional fees depending on the activity.

The weekend-long event will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Anthem Community Park, located at 41730 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway.

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