Downtown Danville is set to host a milestone event this weekend as the annual Fall Crafts Festival returns for its 25th installment.
The festival helps bring the Danville into the autumn spirit by featuring arts and crafts, a children's costume parade, a glass pumpkin patch, classic cars, live music, tasty treats, kids' activities and more, according to organizers.
"This festival offers something for everyone in the family and is a great way to kick off the fall season," Jodie Brescia, events director for Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement.
Presented by the chamber and the town of Danville, the festival will showcase the work of 150-plus artisans in booths along Hartz Avenue on Saturday and Sunday.
One of the marquee displays at the festival is the glass pumpkin patch, a grassy area with more than 1,000 different hand-blown pumpkins and flowers in various colors and shapes, according to town officials. Some glass pumpkins will be small enough to fit in your hand, while others can weigh up to several pounds.
The event will also feature a children's costume parade starting at Faz restaurant at 10 a.m., children's activities on School Street and safe trick-or-treating with local merchants on both days. For the car enthusiasts, the car show Sunday will present an array of classic cars.
Admission is free, and timed parking in all town-owned lots and curbside spots near the event will not be enforced, according to Danville officials.
Several downtown streets will be closed from 2 a.m. Saturday to 11 p.m. Sunday for the festival:
* Hartz Avenue between Diablo Road and Hartz Way
* Church Street between Railroad Avenue and the entrance of the Village Theatre Municipal Parking Lot
* School Street between Hartz Avenue and Railroad Avenue
* Prospect Avenue between the Clock Tower Municipal Parking Lot entrance to 100 feet east of Hartz Avenue (Saturday)
* Prospect Avenue between the Clock Tower Municipal Parking Lot entrance and Front Street (Sunday).
For more information, contact the chamber at 837-4400 or visit the chamber website.