By Elexa Kopty:
As the festival season in Buffalo is rounding out to a close, The Elmwood Village
is hopping with artists and visitors. The Avenue of eccentricity is especially littered with characters this weekend for the 13th annual Elmwood Festival of the Arts
. Festival Chairman Joe DiPasquale explains that the Elmwood Village is celebrating art in all its forms, acknowledging not only visual art, but the "creative and expressive nature of humanity and its manifestations."
As always, there is art available for purchase (over 170 vendors, and 85% of them are local), three tents showcasing over fifty performances, a dance tent with several local musicians to groove to, kid-friendly activities and a Festival Café with over 10 local culinary treasures under one tent.
The festival is making an especially conscious effort to stay green this year, "Environmental Row" has booths with information about different aspects of environmentalism. In addition, two of the three stages are solar powered and smoothies are made with solar powered blenders.
Performances run all day both days, and Saturday offers an after party featuring musical artists Driftwood and One World Tribe. Elmwood is closed to traffic beginning at 6am on Saturday until 9pm on Sunday. The festival runs between West Ferry and Lafayette from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday, rain or shine.
Photo: Six Dimension Design builds "The Mother Ship"