Olmost The Weekend: Fine wine, fine art at Carefree festival

CAREFREE, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Fine wine and fine art are all part of the festivities happening north of the Valley this weekend, as the Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival kicks off in Carefree on Thursday.

"What separates Thunderbird Artists Fine Art and Wine Festivals, you can stroll the entire festival as they sip wine," said Denise Colter, President of Thunderbird Artists. "Not only are we promoting the artists, but we are promoting the town, the merchants," said Colter. "It's a community event."

The three-day event will feature around 150 to 160 artists from around the world, right along easy and ho hum streets. There will be all types of art.

"From southwest traditional, to contemporary abstract and everything in between. There is really something for everyone," said Colter, who went on to say that Cirque de Soleil will have some of its people at the festival, doing some giveaways for their "Amaluna" show.

There will also be live music and food throughout the weekend, but most importantly, there will be a whole lot of wine to sample.

Admission is $3, but for $10, you can get more.

"It's $10 to purchase the glass," said Executive Director Haley Austin. "They get six tasting tickets. Additional tickets are a dollar."

During the event, attendees will be able to sample as they go.

"Most festivals require people to stay in a garden. This one, the entire area is fenced," said Austin.