Eight just isn't enough for the Harvest of Arts.
So this year, the organizers have tacked on another day, bringing the number of days over which the annual festival stretches to nine.
The festival will open with the Art Cornerstone Preshow from 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday in Centennial Park, about a block west of Ninth and Iowa. The gathering will include samples and demonstrations by art suppliers, hands-on activities for adults and children, booths with original art, performances by local artists and information about art resources.
"The goal is not necessarily to get people to buy art but to have fun and participate," Regina Holliday, who is affiliated with Jayhawk Bookstore and Art Cornerstone, says.
Although most of the Harvest of Arts events are in the downtown area, Holliday and Lissa Probus, organizer of the festival, say it is important to have an event west of Massachusetts Street, such as in Centennial Park, to increase awareness of and participation in the festival.
"It's the first time for an arts fair there," Probus says. "We are trying to include all cultural segments in the community."
Probus says about 30 volunteers help organize the Harvest of Arts, and more than 500 artists participate each year.
"I think this is the largest grassroots arts festival in the Midwest," she says.
Here is a schedule of other Harvest of Arts events:
Sunday: Dances at the River, with Lawrence Ballet Ensemble, members of Prairie Wind Dancers and others, noon, Kansas River sandbar; Opening Ceremonies, with traditional blessing, musical performances and open-air art fair, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Burcham Park, Second and Indiana; Hip-Hop Skate Demo, 3 p.m.-10 p.m., Centennial Park; Classic Stage, with John P. Jervis and others, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth; Piano Stage, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., arts center.
Monday: Art in the Storefront Windows, continues through Oct. 8, downtown area; Flashlight Walking Tour, sundown, meet at Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass.
Tuesday: Music in Mural Alley, featuring Dan Newman, Celia, Tomee Sherwood and others, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., 700 block of Massachusetts; Drum Circle, led by Barry Barnes, 6 p.m., South Park, 11th and Massachusetts; Poetry Jam, 7 p.m.-late, Milton's Cafe, 920 Mass.
Wednesday: Singer-Songwriter Showcase, 6 p.m., Ragtime Music Stage, 8 p.m., and Jazz Stage, 10 p.m., all at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass.; Harvest of Arts/Cottonwood Review Poetry Reading, 7:30 p.m., Fields Gallery, 712 Mass.; Prairie Wind Dancers, contemporary choreography, 7:30 p.m., arts center.
Oct. 5: Middle Eastern Hafla, Middle Eastern dance and music, 8 p.m., Aladdin Cafe, 1021 Mass.; Cows, Toilets and More Cows, street theater, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Mural Alley.
Oct. 6: Harvest of Arts Film Festival, films by area filmmakers, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., The Granada, 1020 Mass.; Experimental Jazz, 9:30 p.m.-late, Milton's Cafe.
Oct. 7: Open-Air Art Fair, with visual artists' booths, music and hands-on art activities, 11 a.m.-dusk, Buford M. Watson Jr. Park, Seventh and Kentucky.
Oct. 8: Open-Air Art Fair, noon-5 p.m., Lawrence Ballet Ensemble and Pistachio Company, 2 p.m., and Community Picnic, with music by Lance Fahy and friends, 5 p.m., all in Watson Park.