Mar. 8, 2017
Chandler, Ariz. – On Friday, Apr. 21, from 6-9:30 p.m. an island-themed event encouraging tropical thoughts returns to downtown Chandler as we head into the Arizona summertime. The Taste of the Islands, the theme of April’s Chandler Art Walk, will feature artisan shopping, live music by a steel drum band, and tropical food and drink specials available for purchase. Save your money for a trip to the beach, because this event is free-to-attend.
“The best part about this event is the island-inspired treats and sips the participating downtown Chandler merchants have available for purchase the night of this art walk,” Deanne Fenton, event coordinator of the Chandler Art Walks says. Last year included over 12 specials from 9 different downtown Chandler businesses. Offerings included food items like a Hawaiian Luau plate, pulled pork sandwich, Hawaiian-style pizza, piña colada milkshake or paleta, and 21-and-over drinks with names like Life on the Rum and Vacation in a Glass. The group is expecting the same participants this year, and perhaps a few more. The participating merchants and their specials will be announced on the Facebook event listing in the weeks leading up to the event.
For the shopping part of the event, guests can peruse pieces from over 30 local artists in Dr. AJ Chandler Park west and along the sidewalks of San Marcos Pl., starting at SanTan Brewing Co. and heading south. Artisan pieces range from jewelry, woodworked items, paintings, illustrations and more. Many vendors sell items at just $50 or less, making art truly affordable for all. Each month ushers in new artists, making the event a different experience each month.
Guests should come prepared for island-style boogie-ing to the tunes of Corona del Sol’s Steel Drum Band. In addition, guests are asked to dress the part of a tourist on a tropical beach. Hawaiian print button downs, leis, flip flops, straw hats, and sunblock slathered noses are welcomed and encouraged.
“The point of this art walk is to celebrate the upcoming summer the best way we know how, pretending you’re on a beach. This art walk has everything but the water. And if you’re wanting to swim in crystal blue waters? Book a room at the historic, and beautiful San Marcos Hotel in the downtown where you can lay poolside and not have to worry about getting a ride after two or three of those rum drinks,” Deanne Fenton says.
Address of the event is 3 S. Arizona Ave., in Chandler, AZ. More information on Chandler Art Walks can be found on downtownchandler.org.