Llamas are a perennial crowd favorite at the Fall Artisan Market.
Photo by Sally Reichardt

This year’s Sky Islands Fall Artisan Market was well attended despite the unexpected October rains. The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) along with the Sky Islands Tourism Association (SITA) partnered again this year to sponsor the event. Now, in its 32nd year, the market can attract more than 15,000 visitors to Patagonia’s lovely tree-shaded park in the center of town.

Afternoon rains on both days of the festival did not seem to deter visitors. Photo by Sally Reichardt

Festival goers were treated to over 100 colorful booths, creative vendors, talented musicians, and the sweet smell of kettle corn in the cool, fall air. Participating artists showcased their work in a wide range of mediums including wood, ceramics, jewelry, photography, metalwork, handcrafted soaps, painting, and much more.

The weekend event also featured food and beverage vendors offering a variety of food trucks’ fare of smoked sausages, Indian taco fry bread, vegan/vegetarian entrees, gyros, and sweet treats, along with the local offerings of Patagonia’s eateries such as the Gathering Grounds, Wild Horse, El Pancho Villa, Ovens of Patagonia, the Wagon Wheel Saloon and The Velvet Elvis at La Mision. 

The kids’ activity area included the opportunity for young musicians to jam with their friends. Photo by Nisa Talavera

The total number of attendees for this year’s festival is still being tallied, but vendors reported excellent sales for the weekend. 

SAACA plans to continue to grow the success of the Fall Festival, as well as Patagonia and the Sky Islands region.