Brookside Art Annual and Waldo Spring Fling Happen This Weekend

The weather forecast looks good for this weekend–fortunately for two outdoor events you can check out! The biggie is the 37th Brookside Art Annual, at 63rd St and Brookside Plaza.

Booths open tomorrow, Friday May 5, at 5pm. Enjoy browsing through all sorts of local and regional art: painting, sculpture, clothing, jewelry, photography and a few pieces that will certainly make you ponder…what is it exactly?? In addition there are things for the kids to do: arts and crafts and face painting plus several food and snack options. The Art Annual continues on Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.

Also happening on Saturday is the 2nd Annual Waldo Spring Fling, at the NE corner of Gregory and Wornall. This is a smaller, growing event and family friendly; several local Waldo businesses will have booths set up plus food trucks for noshing.

You can easily enjoy one or both outdoor events this weekend; remember to drive slowly near these two areas and watch for extra pedestrians and tight parking on side streets. Thank you for supporting our local Brookside and Waldo businesses and events!

This Weekend: Brookside Art Annual May 2-4, 2014

Brookside art fairNow in it’s 29th year…the Brookside Art Annual happens this weekend!  After last year’s record cold temperatures kept attendance low, this year’s forecast is just about perfect!  Here are the details you need to know:

Hours are Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm.  The booths are set up between 63rd St and Meyer Blvd at the south end of Brookside Blvd.  It’s best to park along a residential street and walk to the fair.  Food will be available from local vendors (Michael Forbes Grill, Brookside Market, the Brooksider and Avenues Bistro) and free children’s activities take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

There are so many reasons why I love this art fair above all others, but the primary one is that I feel the artwork is more affordable than, for example, the Plaza Art Fair. Many regional artists display their work, and you can still buy a unique piece of jewelry or wall art for under $100.

You can find a list of artists and other details at  Remember, please leave pets at home as the booths will be very crowded with humans!

Brookside Art Annual May 3-5, 2013

This weekend (May 3-5, 2013) is the Brookside Art Annual–one of the best events our local business association hosts each year.  Always held the first weekend of May, the weather can be an issue but it doesn’t seen to stop art lovers from checking out what’s under the white tents at 63rd and Brookside Blvd. This year marks the 28th year for the event.

Hours are Friday 5pm-9pm; Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.  There are childrens’ activities on Saturday and Sunday, plus music in the evening.  Please, do not bring pets into the tents!  Also, if you spend over $250, you will get a free $10 gift card to use in Brookside–just bring your receipts to the information booth.

Brookside Art Annual 2013

Brookside Art Annual 2013

A bit of history on the Art Annual:  after seeing the success of the Plaza Art Fair (started in 1931) and the Westport Art Fair (started in 1979), Brookside wanted to host a similar event.  According to The Brookside Story by LaDene Morton, merchants were against the idea.  A compromise was reached, and the work of 30 local artists was displayed in retailer’s windows.  Eventually, the Brookside Art Annual became a larger event in 1986, attracting national artists from all over the U.S. and is now recognized as one of the better art fairs in the country–partially due to the charming, friendly neighborhood atmosphere of the Brookside businesses  and beautiful homes surrounding the area.  

Every year the Art Annual has a unique logo/poster created to promote the event.  This year’s graphic is unusual:  it’s black and white, and features cars, buildings, an airplane and a giraffe..?  Since Brookside is such a walkable neighborhood, and the Zoo isn’t close by, it seemed like an odd choice.  I don’t think the graphic associates itself with the event at all, except perhaps the small striped awnings over the buildings.  So many folks collect and frame the annual poster–to me, this year’s artwork is a  disappointment.

So break out the warmer clothes, hopefully for the last time, and visit the Brookside Art Annual this weekend!

Spring Events in the Brookside/Waldo Area

As we get into the warmer weather, the  calendar fills up with happenings in the Brookside/Waldo area! I’ve listed the upcoming major events here for reference:

Brookside Farmers’ Market

Opening day this year is April 20, 8:00am-1:00pm at 63rd and Wornall, Border Star School.  The market is open every Saturday.

Waldo Farmers Market

Opening day is May 1, 3:00pm-7:00pm on 79th St, one block east of Wornall next to Habitat ReStore. This market is open every Wednesday.

25th Annual Trolley Run

 April 28 at 7:45am,  starts 75th and Wornall and ends on the Plaza.  Major Brookside roads will be closed that morning north to the Plaza; expect traffic delays.

Brookside Art Fair

 May 3-5, hours vary each day, at Brookside Blvd and 63rd St.  Please, no rain!

I’ll write more details about each activity in upcoming blogs. I am especially looking forward to the opening of the farmers markets!   Thank you for supporting our neighborhood Brookside/Waldo events.

Brookside Art Fair This Weekend!

Another sure sign of Spring…the Brookside Art Fair!  This is the 26th year for the fair, located at 63rd St and Brookside Boulevard. Remember to park on the side streets and organizers ask that you do not bring pets into the art tents.

Friday April 29:  5-9pm

Saturday April 30:  10am-9pm

Sunday May 1:  11am-5pm

Children’s activities happen Saturday and Sunday afternoon; local restaurants will operate food booths.

See you there!