The block in front of the MARRS Building (1050 20th Street) has seen a lot of action this year: Launch Festival’s block party was a huge hit and the Second Saturday series THIS was amazing as well. Up next is Midtown Arts Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, with this year’s theme being “Creative Connections.” The free family-friendly event, brought to you by the Midtown Business Association, will bring together local artists and arts organizations with craft vendors, performers and kid-friendly/interactive art activities. There will be a fashion show where a variety of local Midtown boutiques will showcase their fall fashion lines, a craft beer garden highlighting regional and artisanal beers and of course a music stage, which will be proudly sponsored by Submerge. The lineup of local bands set to play the Submerge stage is sick! Clay Nutting (of LowBrau and Launch fame) put it together, and we’re stoked to announce that Musical Charis, 50 Watt Heavy, Gentleman Surfer and DLRN will grace all those in attendance (organizers are expecting 3,000 to 4,000 thousand people!) with their presence. Artists Jose Di Gregorio (whom you may have read about in our last issue?), Micah Crandall-Bear and Kim Squaglia created a mural that will serve as the backdrop for the festival. Also look forward to performances from Creative Connection Arts Academy, Sacramento Ballet, Step1 Dance and Fitness, and a Macbeth excerpt from Capital Stage actors. Just a few of the many vendors/organizations involved will be Crocker Art Museum, Little Relics Boutique and Galleria, Sacramento Guitar Society and plenty of others. If you’re at the fest and are having a great time and want something to take home to remember it by, you’ll be in luck: Wildcard Screen Printing will be doing live screen printing and will have themed 2013 MAF shirts for sale! Or you could always buy some art from the many talented locals that will be selling their work. Midtown Arts Festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 19 outside the MARRS Building, corner of 20th and J Streets. Visit Exploremidtown.org for more details. See you out there!