The Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival is back, and it’s bigger than ever, with over 30 artists, a music stage, and world champion poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo headlining this year’s Poetry Slam. The festival will be held on Saturday, May 20th, from 10 am – 5 pm, followed by the Poetry Slam competition at 7 pm.
This year’s festival features an added music component, which promises to add to the already electric atmosphere. “We are thrilled to announce that the Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival is returning in 2023, and this year we’re excited to feature a full lineup of blues and folk musicians,” said Tim Benge, President of the Wrightwood Arts Center. Four musical acts will be joining the mix. On the roster will be the Serrano Jazz Ensemble, followed by the folk vocal trio, the Peter, Paul, and Mary Project. Next, soul singer Gina Graham will perform and pay tribute to classic American music. To end the night is Kiki’s Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project which features creative and skillful arrangements of Joni’s extraordinary catalog. Tickets for the music stage are $15 each and grants access to the music festival area throughout the day.
The festival will also feature a slam poetry competition, with renowned slam champion Joaquin Zihuatanejo headlining the event. Zihuatanejo has performed on stages worldwide and won numerous awards for his powerful performances and will take the stage at 7 pm to deliver a truly unforgettable experience.
More info about featured artists and performers for the WW Arts & Wine Festival can be viewed on the WAC website at www.wrightwoodarts.com. Tickets for the full wine-tasting experience are $35 and include 2 oz. pours of five wines (one pour each), an engraved wine glass, and a festival gift bag. You can also receive one 6 oz. pour of any of the wines in an engraved wine glass commemorating the festival for $17, and single wine pours without a commemorative wine glass will be offered for $10 each. All options can be pre-purchased on their website.
The Wrightwood Arts Center seeks more volunteers to help with this amazing event. If you are interested in seeing the arts scene thrive in the Tri-Community, then be sure to fill out a volunteer form on their website by May 14th at www.wrightwoodarts.com/volunteers-wanted/