The 10th annual Granada Grand Festival of the Arts heads back to Historic Ormond Beach on Saturday, Feb. 3.
The free festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature two music stages, 80 artists and crafters, a chalk art festival and wine tasting. There will also be a slam poetry competition with poets participating from across the eastern U.S., according to a press release.The festival will span both sides of New Britain Avenue between North Beach Street and Ridgewood Avenue.
Once at the festival, stop by the "pop-up plaza" for musical performances from The Locals Mix, a chalk art competition sponsored by ArtHaus, a food court with local restaurants and a chance to be part of this year’s community art project, sponsored by the Florida Women’s Art Association. A "Youth Art Tent" by the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Ormond Beach Library will provide hands-on activities.
Interested in participating in the poetry competition? Preliminary rounds will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, at The Grind Gastropub at 49 W. Granada Blvd. A haiku slam, open to all, will be held from 12-1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 during the festival, with the finalists from the preliminary rounds taking the stage from 1-3 p.m. The winner will take home a $750 prize.
In the ArtHaus Chalk Art Competition, professional artists will create mini-masterpieces with chalk in seven hours. Judging takes place at 3 p.m. There will also be a “People’s Choice” winner. All the funds collected in the chalk art area goes to support the art education programs at ArtHaus.
“We’ve seen amazing growth and support for this festival over the last decade,” said Julia Truilo, the festival’s founder and the former Executive Director of Ormond MainStreet. “Our original aim was to honor local artists and musicians — our area has so many — and I think we’ve really accomplished that. The festival has grown so much and we try to add something new every year.”