HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — If you attend the Monte Sano Art Festival every year, you’ll be happy to know the festival will be back this weekend. But, it'll look different thanks to some changes during the pandemic.
This year, the festival will be a 'scaled back' version with about 100 local artists. Usually, the festival hosts over 150 artists each year.
With over 3,000 people showing interest in the event online already, a big turnout is expected. But, everyone will have to stay safe.
Face masks will be required at the festival, and artists and organizers are being mindful of how many people are in their booths at one time to maintain social distancing.
We spoke with Patrice Johnson, the Marketing and PR Manager of Arts Huntsville. Johnson tells our reporter, “You do have to wear your mask when you’re there, and just make sure that you’re socially distanced. Always make sure that you’re taking precautions for whatever’s best for you and your family. We will have sanitizer on hand and masks if someone is not able to bring theirs or they forget to bring their own.”
The Monte Sano Art Festival is Saturday, September 12 from 9am to 5 pm, and Sunday, September 13 from 9 am to 4 pm.
Organizers want to remind you, the festival itself is free. But, Monte Sano State Park charges 10 dollars for parking and 5 dollars for anyone who walks up.