By Trent Modglin
With its strong Swedish roots, diverse foundation, small-town charm and impressive collection of parks, galleries, restaurants, bars and shopping opportunities, Andersonville is the kind of neighborhood that is begging to be explored for a day — or even longer.
And to make it an even more attractive destination, this quaint neighborhood, which sits about six miles north of downtown, has played host to one of the largest festivals in the city for some 17 years and counting.
Andersonville Arts Week + Fest, hosted by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, showcases the neighborhood’s strong connection to art in all forms from Sept. 19-22. This sprawling, yet extremely organized event features four days of festivities with more than 100 artists and 50 local businesses participating.
Whether you’re an avid collector or just a casual observer, there’s a little something for everyone, as nine genres of art will be represented this week: visual, theatre, music, dance, handmade, kids/family, culinary, literary and public art.
Insider’s tip: Plan to take a self-guided art walk to explore the neighborhood’s unique shops and restaurants to see how they transform into art galleries this week. And check out the Night of 100 Parties on Sept. 20 for a local vibe that is incredibly welcoming.
The Arts Fest takes place on Clark Street between Winona and Argyle on Sept. 21-22 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information and to see the event calendar, visit Andersonville.org