February 17-19: Carefree Indian Market And Cultural Festival

Award-winning Native American art, music and dance are coming to Carefree as Magic Bird Festivals presents the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival from 9am-5pm, February 17-19, at Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street in Downtown Carefree. Live performances are slated at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm daily.

Set amid the Town’s new four-acre cactus-filled botanical gardens, adjacent to the famous Carefree Sundial, the first-ever cultural festival will feature live hoop dancing, fancy dancing and musical performances, along with Native American arts and crafts made by tribal member artisans from throughout the country. Admission to the event is free to the public. A specialty food market will provide Native American and festival favorites such as Indian made fry bread with the full variety of toppings, Indian home baked goodies and more, plus a full offering of typical fair and festival foods. World champion hoop dancers Brian Hammill and Tony Duncan are scheduled to perform in the lineup that also includes flute players Alex and Melissa Maldonado and Randy Kemp. Tribes from throughout the country will be represented at the juried exhibit and sale which features arts and crafts including jewelry, pottery, baskets, carved stone fetishes, woven rugs, bead work, Kachina dolls, clothing, drums, flutes and more.
All arts and crafts at the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival are recognized under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 to ensure authenticity, quality and collectability. Many of the performers are also participating artists in the event, says Roberta Toombs Rechlin, president of Magic Bird Festivals.

“We are honored to present the first Indian cultural event in Downtown Carefree. We feel privileged that such talented and world-renown Indian artists have agreed to participate in this first-of-a-kind event for the town.” Carefree Mayor David Schwan agrees. “Carefree Desert Gardens is the perfect setting for this type of authentic cultural event, recognizing the diverse people that make Arizona great,” says Schwan.

For more information, visit www.magicbirdfestivals.com.

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