85th Annual Plaza Art Fair kicks off - KCTV5 News

85th Annual Plaza Art Fair kicks off

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A view of some art at the Plaza Art Fair. (KCTV5) A view of some art at the Plaza Art Fair. (KCTV5)

It isn't just any annual event. It’s the 85th Annual Plaza Art Fair.

The fair typically draws 250,000 people over three days, which is more than 10 percent of the entire metro population.

This year, there are 240 artists showing. It is a very competitive jury process to get a spot in the fair, and less than a fifth of the artists who apply get accepted.

Also on hand will be 24 restaurant booths and three music stages.

The fair takes up a total of about nine blocks, which are blocked off as “Pedestrian Only” over the weekend.

Though there's a good deal of street and garage parking, it's rare to score a close parking spot during the busiest hours. So, those attending the fair would be advised to wear comfortable shoes.

Those who live in apartments near the fair without private parking should be prepared to practice the old saying of, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

“They probably call it a day, park their car for the weekend and say, ‘I'm done,’” said Jan Cichello, Plaza Art Fair director, in reference to the apartment-dwellers. “Hopefully they are coming out to the art fair and being part of the weekend.”

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is offering a free shuttle from its lot for its members.

The MAX bus on Main Street is another way for those parking further out to get to the Plaza. It will drop riders off at the tennis courts and costs $1.50. Be advised that you will need to have exact change.

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