Inspired by our friend Mary Chao's recent D&C post about 5 Insider Tips for the Clothesline Festival, we decided to keep the love pointed at the MAG this weekend for its annual, biggest fundraiser.
Being in its 59th year running, you can be sure that they know how to throw a good party. Here's how you can take advantage of it yourself this weekend.
Enjoy the Gallery on the CHEAP
This is a fundraiser, and it should come at no surprise that there's going to be a cost to help support the Memorial Art Gallery and all of its programs. But only $5 - for the entire day - and this includes Gallery admission. Considering that regular admission for an adult is $14, that's quite the bargain.
Rain or Shine - Hot or Cold - It's Happening
Yes it rains. And some years it can be cold in mid September, especially if it rains. Just be prepared. If this is the case (weekend forecast), you might want to know that the Java's truck and the Pour Coffee booth will be at either side of the Gallery grounds just waiting to keep you warm with their delicious, caffeinated (or decaf!) brews.
Parking - Walk to the MAG or take a FREE Shuttle
Parking is always on people's minds. "Where do I park? How far will it be? Is it free?" You can either park in the Gleason Works parking lots for free, with a free shuttle bus ride to the MAG, you can park for a fee at the East End Garage, or you can park on a side street near the MAG and walk - a few steps won't hurt you. Be mindful of which side of the road to park on though as alternate side parking rules are in effect every day.
Take time to Enjoy the Grounds
Sure there will be bargains, workshops, entertainment, food, drink, and of course, over 400 artists and their artworks on display. Not to mention the permanent collection of over 12,000 pieces of art inside the gallery.
But make sure to take time to get to know the MAG grounds, more specifically the 14-acre campus that is called Centennial Sculpture Park. Four local and internationally recognized artists were commissioned to put their stamp on this park that now serves as an anchor to the Neighborhood of the Arts.