Autumnfest

Autumnfest returns Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24 at Anthem Community Park.

Registration is open through Sept. 24 for sponsors, crafters, artists and vendors to participate in this year’s Autumnfest event on Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24, at Community Park.

This year, local vendors are invited to participate to promote them after a canceled 2020 Anthem Days. 

Kristi Northcutt, Anthem Community Council’s senior director of community relations, said it will be a combination of the two events, making it bigger, better and more fun. Any local business can register to be part of the event.

“There are typically thousands of people that come, so it’s great exposure for people with their businesses or arts and crafts,” Northcutt said. 

“A lot of these folks do very small farmers markets and craft fairs or they have an online presence. This is a way to really build a following, because the folks who come to this event end up having favorite vendors who they then become loyal customers. They’ll start following them to craft fairs around the Valley or following them online and they become really good customers. It’s a great way for these vendors to build an audience.”

Besides local businesses’ appearances, Autumnfest is primarily an arts and crafts festival. Debbie Pulido, special events manager, said crafters are welcome. In the past, Pulido said they have had woodworkers, metalworkers, quilters, candlemakers, glass blowers and jewelry makers. She said they have artists who come annually and new participants make for an ever-changing and interesting selection of items.

Autumnfest’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Anthem Community Park at 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway.

Crafters, artists or vendors looking to participate must submit a registration application. The early-bird deadline for registration is Friday, Aug. 27, and the final deadline is Friday, Sept. 24. Sponsors are also needed and can submit a sponsorship package until Friday, Aug. 27. For more information or to register, visit onlineatanthem.com. 

For those already looking forward to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, carnival rides, inflatables, beer garden, live music and pumpkin decorating contest, Northcutt said to check the Online at Anthem website frequently for updates as the event approaches. She said they are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking precautions. While things are subject to change, Northcutt said they are hoping to have the event to the fullest extent possible.