Mark Your Calendar: Magic Bird Is In The Wings

MagicBirdFestivalThe long, hot summer is winding down and residents can soon look forward to not only cooler temps, but the seasonal line-up of Magic Bird Festivals.

The annual art and entertainment events, set against the backdrop of Black Mountain and woven throughout a four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens, include the Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival, the Carefree Christmas Festival and Gift Market, the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival, the Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate and Fine Art and Carefree Days.

Live music and dance performances set the stage for each event on the site’s newly expanded Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Hand-selected local, regional and national fine artists, and crafts exhibitors, along with a variety of food vendors, are featured throughout the scenic botanical gardens. The Christmas Gift Market combines an expanded variety of holiday gift and specialty exhibitors.

For information, call 480.488.2014 or visit

Carefree Fine Chocolate, Fine Art Festival

Indulge on Valentine’s weekend

Courtesy San Francisco Chocolate Factory

Courtesy San Francisco Chocolate Factory

The third annual Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate and Fine Art will be presented February 13-16 in Downtown Carefree.

Up to 100 exhibitors of fine art, chocolate and other confections are expected, with live entertainment throughout the weekend, including world-champion hoop dancer Brian Hammill. The four-day festival begins on the 13th, running from 12-5pm, and continues Friday through Sunday from 10am-5pm. The festival takes place at 101 Easy Street, at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. The event is free event for the whole family.

This year’s featured chocolatier is the San Francisco Chocolate Factory, which is known for creating small batches with only the finest ingredients. Other confectioners include W-Xocolati Fine Chocolates and It’s a Devine Bakery. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to attend. The festival is presented on by Magic Bird Festivals. For information and event schedules, visit

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