What could be better than a day spent enjoying both the natural beauty of Huntsville’s Monte Sano Mountain and the creations of more than 140 of the region’s finest artists?
How about two days?
This year, for the first time since its beginning 17 years ago, the Monte Sano Art Festival will expand to two days, September 17 and 18! The festival, organized by Arts Huntsville and a team of volunteers and held at Monte Sano State Park, brings together jury-selected artists from around the Southeast.
Adding to the atmosphere will be local musicians who will perform at two venues, Music on the Bluff and Music on the Pavilion, during the festival. Musical performers include Chip Gulbro and Rob Noneman, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, The Beasley Brothers, Morgan Sloan, Reginald Jackson, Steven Massey, Jimmy Henderson, Milltowne, and Winslow Davis. And, of course, two days of art and music will work up an appetite, so festival patrons can take advantage of a variety of local food trucks on hand, including The Big Easy Mobile Food Trailer, Rollin Lobstah, What’s Popp’N, Iceworks Shaved Ice, Piper & Leaf, Suzy’s Pops, Fire & Spice Tex-Mex Food Truck, Valentine’s, Earth and Stone Pizza, and Chupper Time.
Artisans at the festival work in a variety of media, so you may find something that’s perfect for anywhere from your wall to your wrist. Offerings include paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and much more. The festival’s Facebook page has begun sharing previews of the artists, ranging from traditional Southern folk art to Asian-inspired pieces.
Festival hours are 9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday. Admission to the Monte Sano Art Festival is free, but there is a $5 parking fee for Monte Sano State Park. Many artists take credit cards and there’s an ATM in the park, but cash is always welcome.
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David Hitt is a native of Huntsville who enjoys telling the stories of his hometown. He works in strategic communications for NASA’s Space Launch System, the rocket that will send astronauts to Mars and prove once again that nobody builds ‘em like the Rocket City. David tells Huntsville history stories at the Huntsville Ghost Walk, Constitution Village’s downtown trolley tour, and the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll. He’s the author of two books on space history, “Homesteading Space” and “Bold They Rise” and is the director of the Comic Science Improv comedy troupe.