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Dec 10, 2010 6:05 PM

The 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair starts today

TUCSON - The 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair began today at 10 a.m. and runs through the weekend.

This year, there will be over 400 artists' booths, 35 food vendors and two complete stages featuring local performances . Not to mention an art pavilion for kids, flight simulators, rock climbing, face painting, chair massages, and "everything and anything you can imagine," according to the fair's website.

The Street Fair takes place along 4th Avenue between 9th Street and University Boulevard, and is free to the public. The Fourth Avenue Street Fair began in 1970, and today draws crowds of 200,000 to 350,000, ranking it as one of the top visual arts fairs in country, the website says.

For directions to the fair, click here.

Take care when parking, though - City of Tucson Parking Enforcement Officers will be on the lookout for parking violations. This includes cars parked in red-painted curbs, within 5 feet of driveways, and in marked fire lanes.

According to the website: "Neighborhood Parking Permits in the area from Speedway South to 10th Street and Stone Avenue East to Euclid Avenue are not enforced during the three days of the Fair."

Click here for a map of the Street Fair boundries.

A free shuttle will also be taking people from Downtown Tucson to the fair - all metered street parking Downtown is free on Saturday and Sunday. The shuttle goes to the Pennington Street parking garage - click here for directions there.

You can also park at one of the U of A parking garages and take the Old Pueblo Trolley from Main Gate Square to the fair. Click here for a map of the trolly's route.

Of course, you can always ride your bike to the fair, and those who do can enjoy a free bicycle valet and parking area. Click here for the Valet Bike Parking map.

Keep in mind that animals will NOT be allowed at the fair this year, and anyone who brings an animal could be subject to a $250 fine.

Whether you come for the art, the food, or the atmosphere, this weekend is forecasted to have perfect Street Fair weather. Click here to visit the News 4 Weather Center for a complete forecast.

For complete information on the street fair and 4th Avenue, visit their website at:

http://www.fourthavenue.org

Pictured: Attendees enjoying the 2009 Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair, courtesy http://www.fourthavenue.org/

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