This weekend marks the 39th annual Lubbock Arts Festival.

The event will be held on April 22nd and 23rd at the Lubbock Civic Center, located at 801 Mac Davis Lane. This year's theme is "Tribute to Fairy Tales." But here's the cool part: There will be an in-person mermaid for the kids to visit with!

The visual art division of the Lubbock Arts Festival includes 150 artists from around the nation in booths displaying and selling original work in the mediums of painting, drawing, pottery, fiber, jewelry, glass, wood and sculpture. Singers, musicians, dancers and actors will perform throughout the weekend on different stages. Audiences can enjoy such diverse offerings as brass bands, storytellers, string quartets and ballet folkloric dancers. Children can also explore the Lubbock Arts Festival as they go from “Kid Stop” to “Kid Stop” to make art projects, participate in theatre improvisation, and watch artists

I can tell you from personal experience, and I have been to 25 of the 38 arts festivals so far, that this is a great time for the entire family.

Admission is $4 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. For more information, visit the official Lubbock Arts Festival website.

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