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24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair Part I

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24th annual Las Olas Art Fair

24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair PartI edition takes place January 7th & 8th, 2012 Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM on Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

It seems like just yesterday that I met art fair Impresario Howard Alan.  He had produced his first art fair for the Las Olas Association and it was a big hit with the visitors and merchants… Here it is 24 years later, and he not only produces three art fairs a year on Las Olas, he’s become known as “The King of Art”.

As the country’s largest promoter of art and craft shows, Howard Alan Events has produced some of the nation’s finest juried art shows, including more than 40 venues throughout the country each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival, Beaver Creek Art Festival, Downtown Naples Art Festival, Chicago Tribune Magnificent Mile Art Festival, Las Olas Art Fair, and many more.

The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete out-door experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique with works of new and upcoming artists as well as established artists.

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This year, the Las Olas Art Fair takes place on Las Olas Boulevard between S.E. 6th Avenue and S.E. 11th Avenue, where the streets are closed to vehicular traffic. In those two days, Las Olas is transformed into a first-class outdoor art showcase complete with 150 artists and $15 million in artwork available for sale. Admission is free and open to the public.

“We are looking forward to painting the town with 15 million dollars of art,” said The King of Art Howard Alan.  Produced by Howard Alan Events, the Las Olas Art Fair is one of the top outdoor art festivals in the country.

In order to ensure a superior art event with only the highest quality of original artwork, the Las Olas Art Fair is a juried art show in which all of the local and national artists have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants.

Over 100,000 people visit the festival!

Whether you are a casual art enthusiast, festival-goer or avid collector, there is something for everyone.  From $25 hand-designed earrings and $50 prints, to $20,000 metal sculptures, original artwork will cover a full spectrum of mediums, including paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, ceramics, mixed media and more.

Unlike a typical gallery setting, all of the artists will be at the festival with their artwork, giving visitors the opportunity to talk with the artists, learn about their art and what inspires them, and of course purchase or commission original pieces.

Howard Alan Events is the country’s largest promoter of art and craft shows, boasting more than 40 venues throughout the country each year such as the Downtown Aspen Art Festival, Beaver Creek Art Festival, Downtown Naples Art Festival, and the Chicago Tribune Magnificent Mile Art Festival.  The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete out-door experience unmatched by other festivals. Each show is unique with works of new and upcoming artists as well as established artists.

Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days.  For additional information on the Las Olas Art Fair and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit the Art Festival website.

KISS Country Chili Cook Off | January 29, 2012

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KISS Country Chili Cook Off 2012

KISS Country Chili Cook Off | January 29, 2012


Win Free Tickets To The Chili Cook Off

Do you like Country music? Do you love the taste of some really good, hearty chili? I know you love cold beer! I don’t have to ask you that one. Well, if I’ve hit the nail on the head and you like your music a bit on the twangy side, served up with some good eatin’ and chilled brews, then you’d better not miss this year’s installment of the KISS Country Chili Cook-Off.

This year’s event features the Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Clay Walker, Chris Cagle, and Sonia Leigh.

KISS Country Chili Cookoff Jan 29 2012 Tickets

WKIS says the event is SOLD OUT! But the good news is our ticket source still has tickets available! Click the link above before it’s too late and they sell out too!

The video above from last’ year’s event looks like a lot of fun. I’m miffed that I was out of town and missed the Zac Brown Band. They rock!

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There’s nothing like hanging out with some old friends and meeting some new ones at an outdoor festival in South Florida. The weather this time of year is absolutely perfect . So get there, pick out your spot on the lawn, kick back and enjoy a day of fun.

Planning on attending the KISS Country Chili Cook-Off? If so, here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the KISS Country Chili Cook-Off

Who is playing at the KISS Country Chili Cookoff this year?

There is a stellar line-up of performers including the Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Clay Walker, Chris Caigle, and Sonia Leigh.

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Where will the KISS Country Chili Cookoff be this year?

CB Smith Park on Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines.

What are the hours?

On site parking gates open at 6:45 am. The concert gates open at 8:30am and the concert begins at approximately 10am. (Man that’s kind of early to be going to a concert isn’t it?)

What is the lineup order of performances?

The scheduled lineup is tentative and subject to change but is as follows: Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Clay Walker, Chris Caigle, and Sonia Leigh

How much are the tickets?

Tickets cost $40. Everyone attending must have a ticket and all tickets cost $40 in advance. Day of show tickets will cost $45, if they are available.

Where can I buy them?

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 26th at 10am at Walmart in Pembroke Pines & Cooper City & Sawgrass.  Dade and Broward County Pet Supermarkets. Grif’s Western Wear in Davie.

What about specially priced tickets for children?

Everyone attending must have a ticket and all advance tickets cost $40. Day of show tickets will cost $45, if available.

Are these assigned seats or general admission?

All tickets are festival style and on the lawn. You may bring a blanket or folding chair. Walmart will be selling chairs in their booth.

What happens if it rains?

This is South Florida people…The Chili Cookoff takes place rain or shine.

What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds for any reason.

Directions to CB Smith Park

From the North: Take 595 to 75 South to Sheridan Street East to Flamingo Road South. Park will be on the right.

From the South: Take 75 to Pines Blvd/Hollywood Blvd to Flamingo Road North. Park will be on the left.

From the West: Take 75 to Sheridan Street East to Flamingo Road South. Park will be on the right.

From the East: Take 95 to Sheridan Street West to Flamingo Road South. Park will be on the right.

So make plans today to be at the KISS Country Chili Cook Off on January 30, 2011. It’s going to be a great time for sure!