Inaugural Old Town Arts Festival Celebrates Earth Day!

Looking for a staycation and a great way to celebrate Earth Day this year?  Head to the Verde Valley for a weekend of wine, art and earthy fun!

The Verde Valley Arts Council presents the "Old Town Arts Festival"

- Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM -

The event will feature fine arts and selected crafts from Arizona artists, as well as live entertainment, wine tasting by Winery 101 and Pillsbury Wines, and a farm-to-table food demonstration.

There is no admission fee to experience the art, music, theatrical events and guest speakers scheduled from 10 am – 5 pm at the outdoor festival and in the main theater at OTCA.

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Old Town Center for the Arts (OTCA) is a sponsor of the festival and will be hosting a majority of the activities on their grounds. Throughout the day, the OTCA Theater will host presentations, talks, and musical performances - including presentations from Verde Valley Wine Consortium's Vice President, Paula Woolsey and Gavin Gallivant of Winery 10. The pair will speak about the art and ecology of growing wine in the Verde Valley.

The OTCA will wrap-up the night with a performance by the world class Japanese Taiko drummer Ken Koshio for "Kenzoo’s Celebration of the Earth" as the headliner concert, to begin at 7:00 PM. - MORE

To put some spice and taste into the festival offerings, local chef Chris Dobrowolski will host a chef "Chopped" competition with locally-grown produce and micro-greens. The competition features three of The Verde Valley’s best hidden chefs who will go head to head in a chopped-style battle to create a simple snack for our guests. Different than most food contests, the audience will vote on the best appetizer!


The Mannheim Gallery and ARC Contemporary Fine Art - located across the street from the Arts Center - will be displaying a newly installed sculpture garden on their grounds along with new paintings by Santa Fe artist Blair Vaughn-Gruler and works on paper by Natasha Pudalov.



Other activities include a ‘Trash-to-Treasure’ fashion show that will feature recycled, repurposed, and reclaimed clothing and fabrics to delight festival goers.

Mask-maker and performance artist Pash Galbavy will interact with attendees as an earth spirit who will offer earth blessings and photo opportunities at the festival.  She will also give an Earth Day mask presentation that will inspire participants to think in new ways about their impact on the planet and how to live lighter, from the inside out!

Event Schedule

Performances in the Theater:

  • 10:00 am -  "How Gardening Roots Us Into Local and Planetary Healing" with Richard Sidy    
  • 10:20 am - "The Art of Wine Making" with Gavin Gallifant
  • 11:00 am - "Trash-to-Treasure" Fashion Show with Leslie Fox  
  • 1:00 pm - "What Do Seeds Have to Do with It?" with Belle Starr
  • 1:50 pm - "Wetiko vs. The Planet Mask" presentation with performance artist & mask maker, Pash Galbavy 
  • 2:40 pm - "Wine Art & Ecology" with Paula Woolsey
  • 3:30 pm - A special koto drumming exhibition by Ken Koshio & Kenzoo
  • 7pm - Earth Day Concert by Ken Koshio & Kenzoo - Tickets Avaliable Here

Special Events

  • All Day - "Color Me Cottonwood" interactive mural painting facilitated by Joan Burque
  • 12:00-1:00 pm   Chef ‘Chopped’ Competition with Chris Dobrowolski, Owner-Chef, Muse Bistro (Adjacent to Muse Bistro – front cottage)

Musicians in the Garden

  • 10:15 am - Rick Cyge
  • 11:30 am - Dave Rentz 
  • 1:00 pm - Arvel Bird
  • 2:15 pm - Arvel Bird
  • 3:45 pm - Robin Miller 


New to Cottonwood Arizona?

We've put together a list of places to explore while you are in town:






  • The Bottle Tree Inn
  • Cottonwood AZ Pines
  • Verde Valley Inn