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Second Saturday Art Fair Coming to an End

We are sad to hear that San Juan Capistrano’s Second Saturday Art Fair will close December 13th after seven years.  The Capistrano Dispatch has the story here.  While downtown will certainly be missing something without the art fair, we totally agree with the organizers when they say:

“The Art Fair’s intent was to place artists in locations that show off our beautiful downtown and encourage visitors to return to shop, dine, explore, and help our historic district grow,” Peshkin said. “The Second Saturday Art Fair, designed to help draw attention to the town, has done its job so well, it’s become a victim of its own success. New stores and restaurants now fill the empty spaces where artists used to be. Visitors are plentiful and downtown parking is now a serious issue.”

Perhaps in time another location might be found and the fair revived?  Perhaps Reata Park and Event Center could host the event?  Regardless of what the future holds, a big thank you to the organizers, artists and attendees who made the Second Saturday Art Fair in San Juan Capistrano such a success for seven years.

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