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Sunday Festival Highlights Grand Avenue Institutions

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, September 29, 2008, at 10:07AM
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Waiting to enter Walk Disney Concert Hall.

The 5th Annual Grand Avenue Festival was held under bright skies on Sunday, and the crowds were manageable throughout the day, peaking during the lunch rush. The hit of the day were the free shows in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which had packed lines throughout the events.

While the Grand Avenue Festival does a good job of connecting the cultural institutions on Grand, it has recently done less to feature organizations from elsewhere in Downtown. Given the multitude of established options on Grand, that may not necessary, but when press releases invite visitors to "experience the city’s booming arts scene along downtown’s cultural corridor," one might expect to see a presence from the rest of the city.

Two years ago booths reached south on Grand and featured artists and galleries from Gallery Row and the Arts District. The result was a showcase of Downtown, and not just Bunker Hill.

Even so, there was a solid trend of visitors of attending this year's festival via the Red, Purple and Gold Lines. Speaking to some kids visiting Downtown with their parents, that trip might just have been the highlight of the day.

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