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4th Ave. Spring Street Fair kicks off

  • The 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair kicked off on Friday.
    Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comThe 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair kicked off on Friday.
  • Cathy Lamb and Bob Mangerson hand out samples at the Nutz About Nuts almond stand at the 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair on Friday.
    Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comCathy Lamb and Bob Mangerson hand out samples at the Nutz About Nuts almond stand at the 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair on Friday.
  • Cat Glasgow performs at the fair Friday.
    Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comCat Glasgow performs at the fair Friday.
  • Snow cones were popular Friday.
    Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comSnow cones were popular Friday.
  • Amy Hagemeier checks her progress in a mirror as she paints her face.
    Tim W. Glass/TucsonSentinel.comAmy Hagemeier checks her progress in a mirror as she paints her face.
  • Monique Quiroz and Diego Armenta, center, dance to the Zumba Interactive Dance at the community stage at Fourth and Fifth avenues.
    lass/TucsonSentinel.comMonique Quiroz and Diego Armenta, center, dance to the Zumba Interactive Dance at the community stage at Fourth and Fifth avenues.

The 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair kicked off Friday as artists, musicians, performers and food vendors joined merchants of the historic shopping district for the annual open-air market.

The fair, which stretches along Fourth from University Boulevard to Ninth Street, got its start in 1970 and has drawn crowds as large as 300,000, according to the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association's website.

More than 400 booths with artists selling arts, crafts and jewelry are expected this year and more than 35 food vendors will offer traditional fair food like funnel cakes and kettle corn to cuisines from Mexican to Greek, the website said.

Fair-goers should dress for warm weather as temperatures are expected to rise into the 80s this weekend.

Fourth is open only to pedestrian traffic during the fair, which continues through Sunday.

FAMA offers free shuttle service to and from the Pennington Street Garage downtown. Parking also is available at free metered spaces downtown and at the University of Arizona garages, with free shuttle service to and from Main Gate Square.

If you go

  • What: 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair
  • When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
  • Where: Fourth Avenue between University Boulevard and Ninth Street
  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: Free metered parking downtown; free shuttle service is available to and from the Pennington Street Garage and to and from UA's Main Gate Square with parking available at University of Arizona garages. 

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