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Many fall festivals in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas bring together local artists and members of the community in a shared appreciation for the arts. Taking a walk in the cooler weather while looking at beautiful artwork can be relaxing and educational. The local festivals support artists who are trying to become a regular part of our local art scene, while others support local charities. Here are some to check out this season.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Las Vegas Cashman Center
850 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Dates: Sept. 7–9, 2012 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults – $9, Seniors 62+ – $7, Youth 13-17 – $4, 12 and under – free with paid adult admission; Ticket is good for all three days
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The Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show at Cashman Center takes place every September. The fall festival season will kick off on September 7,8, and 9 with music filling the Cashman Center as folk singers and musicians entertain the crowds. The festival features art, crafts and food, all with a touch of handmade flair. If you’re looking for beautiful photographs done with a touch of class and history, stop by Richard Esterman’s booth. Richard travels the world looking for historical sites, as well as beautiful landscapes to photograph.

Art in the Park
Wilbur, Bicentennial and Escalante Parks
401 California Ave.
Boulder City, NV 89005

Dates: Oct. 6–7, 2012
Price: Free
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Art in the Park is a fundraiser for the Boulder City Hospital Foundation. This year on the first Saturday and Sunday of the October, Art in the Park will celebrate its 50th anniversary. In addition to showcasing work from more than 300 vendors, artists and food booths, the foundation holds a raffle to raise additional funds. The artists and vendors donate one piece of art to the raffle while the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce donates items as well, totaling over $25,000 in prizes. This is a good cause that all locals and visitors to Las Vegas should attend.

Summerlin Art Festival
1800 S. Town Center Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89135

Dates: Oct. 13–14, 2012 at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Free
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One of the largest gathering of local artists can be found at the Summerlin Art Festival. Visiting artists can register for a slab of concrete and create their own work of sidewalk chalk art. Entertainment includes food carving demonstrations, roving entertainers, and live music. Artwork can be purchased from the artists, or visitors can just enjoy looking at the available pieces. Food and drink is available for purchase both days.

Vegas Valley Book Festival
Multiple locations
Las Vegas, NV

Dates: Nov 1–3, 2012 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Free

Writing is a form of art, an expression of emotion and thoughts in the written word. The Vegas Valley Book Festival celebrates the written word in all its forms. With a focus on children’s books, the Vegas Valley Book Festival also hosts more mainstream genres, as well as comic books, humanities and poetry. With a large area devoted to children’s books at the North 5th Elementary School, the additional genres can be found throughout the elementary school, as well as other locations. Local author Maxwell Alexander Drake has been a staple of the event for three years, and will hopefully be there again this year with his newest installment of the Genesis of Oblivion Saga. Check here for additional locations and ongoing information, as well as here for promotional events for local authors.

Steve Powers Presents The Craft Festival
Las Vegas Cashman Center
850 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Dates: Nov. 2–3 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Adults – $6, Seniors 65+ – $5, Youth 11-17 – $2, Children 10 and under – Free with paid adult admission
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More than 200 artists and food vendors will fill the halls of the Cashman Center for three days this November in one of the last festivals before the holiday season. Steve Powers provides a place for artists and crafts people to present their wares for purchase and admiration. This show, on its twice a year tour through the western states, is rated one of the top 20 shows in the U.S. Steve Powers provides a wide variety of art and crafts which cannot be found at any other show during the season.

We are always looking for local favorites. Please leave a comment and let us know of your favorite art festival.

Amber Campbell is a writer who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been writing for Examiner.com since 2009, as a gaming, fantasy book reviewer and now as the Las Vegas Literature examiner. She has published stories under her writing name, Micaela Fischer, and also has a novel, Hidden From Destiny. She is also a proofreader, editor and typesetter. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.