A two-day series of interactive experiences – celebrating food, wine, beer, fashion, live music, art, wellness and more – will kick off the holiday season during the second-annual Kierland POP experience, a series of events (both free and ticketed) that takes place from Nov. 16-17, 2018 in Scottsdale. The fully-immersive, two-day festival takes place at Kierland Commons and The Westin Kierland Resort.
“Kierland POP offers our beloved Kierland community a one-of-a-kind festival richly colored with a variety of interactive art-infused experiences centered around great culinary, wine, music, entertainment, wellness and more, all taking place in a family-friendly environment,” said Bruce Lange, President of Kierland Master Association. “The experience aims to bring the greater community, businesses, organizations and residents together to enjoy the best of local talents in our dynamic Kierland neighborhood.”
From food and wine sampling and musical showcases to interactive art exhibits and fitness demonstrations, the family-friendly festival includes a full schedule of experiential activities designed to appeal to all ages and interests. As part of the full slate of hands-on activities, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and Kierland Commons’ retailers and restaurants will host special promotions throughout the experience.
The weekend kicks off with the Kierland POP Charity Night on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. With vibrant music, lively art displays and entertainment, paired with delicious culinary and libation sampling from local chefs and area eateries, the evening will play host to a larger-than-life PaintScaping experience, featuring 3-D images and animations digitally mapped to music and projected onto the 11-story resort. Tickets are available for purchase at kierlandpop.com, and cost $50 each. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance’s Veterans Art Therapy Program.
Saturday, Nov. 17 features the signature Kierland POP Festival (9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Kierland Commons), a free event featuring an art walk from local professional artists, as well as emerging artisans. Art lovers of all ages and backgrounds will have the chance to enjoy interactive artist presentations, culinary demonstrations, fashion displays, vintage street market shopping, and live strolling music and arts performances throughout the day. Additionally, the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will give shoppers an opportunity to purchase vintage items and share their love for all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade. The market continues to partner with local Young Life chapters to send high school and junior high students to camp, as well as other non-profits that bring forth the greater good to their communities.
Also on Saturday, Nov. 17, the inaugural Brew Skies 5K Run/Walk (5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Kierland Commons & The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa) is a breathtaking 5K run/walk beginning at Kierland Commons’ Main Street and wrapping around The Westin Kierland Golf Club’s charming greens to the finish line at Kierland Boulevard, adorned as a beer garden hosted by Arizona Food and Beer. The cost to participate is $45, and the proceeds will benefit the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Runners and walkers may register to participate at kierlandpop.com or at either of the Sole Sports Running Zone locations in Scottsdale and Tempe.
To welcome the evening Saturday, Nov. 17, Kierland Commons will also offer an Arts & Crafts Beer Garden from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hosted by Arizona Food & Beer, it is the perfect place to unwind over great drinks with friends.
For more information, visit kierlandpop.com or follow Kierland POP on these social media platforms – https://www.facebook.com/kierlandpop2018/ and @KierlandPOP (Instagram) – or follow along via hashtag #KierlandPOP.
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