One of the fastest growing art festivals in the area returns to Williamsville this weekend.
The fifth annual Glen Park Art Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Glen Avenue, behind Glen Park and the Williamsville Water Mill.
The popular event kicked off Friday night with food, beer and live music from 7 to 9.
The festival started five years ago with just 15 artists; this year, organizers are expecting nearly 100. Thousands of people are expected to attend over the two days.
“It just got bigger and bigger,” said Sharon Rich, chairwoman of the Village Arts & Culture Committee. “This year, we have 98 tents. I don’t know where I’m going to put all the cars and everything, but it will all work out.”
The art festival was started five years ago by Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa, Rich and her husband, Richard, both of whom are active in civic affairs in Williamsville. The organizers wanted to infuse Williamsville with more of an arts and culture scene, while showcasing the beauty of Glen Park, Sharon Rich said.
Also this weekend, the Walk Off Hunger 5K begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at nearby Island Park on Main Street, drawing even more people to Williamsville.
The Glen Park Art Festival will feature paintings, jewelry and crafts from a variety of artists, as well as food from village restaurants, continuous music and games for the kids. Student artwork also will be displayed.
The event is sponsored by the Village of Williamsville, Town of Amherst and the Williamsville Business Association.