Harvest of Arts, the annual grass-roots celebration of the community's arts and artists, will kick off Friday and run through Oct. 7. This year, the festival will feature about two dozen events, including dance, music, painting, sculpture, theater, film and other art forms.
"Our goal is to celebrate creativity, life, communication, education and cultural diversity amongst all participants," coordinator Tom Pfeiler said.
Pfeiler said Harvest of Arts is seeking musicians, performers and artists to display their talents on Massachusetts Street sidewalks Oct. 1-Oct. 6 as part of the first Downtown Lawrence Music on Mass.
For allowable locations, call Pfeiler at 766-1724.
Here is a run-down of other Harvest of Arts events:
Pawsible Dreams-Lawrence Humane Society Benefit Auction, 6 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. Silent auction at 6 p.m., live auction at 9 p.m. Buffet, cash bar, music by Swing Canyon entertainment. $15 per person or $25 per couple.
Lawrence Own-Your-Own juried art exhibition, sale and educational programs, runs through Oct. 7, Fields Gallery, 712 Mass. Grand opening reception, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.
Open House Cocktail Bash, with musical performances by Cory M. Phillips, DJ Proof, Mustard Couch and others, begins at 8 p.m., Harvest of Arts/Card Table Theatre Headquarters, 920 Del. Free.
"Art Collecting for Everyone: How to Enrich Your Life on a Local Level," Lawrence Own-Your-Own presentation by Phil Bolander, 2 p.m., Fields Gallery. Free.
"How Buying Art Is Like Falling in Love Again and Again," Lawrence Own-Your-Own presentation by Maureen Korp, 4 p.m., Fields Gallery. Free.
Piano Stage, featuring six area pianists, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St. Free.
Flashlight Walking Tour of Art in downtown storefront windows, dusk at Eldridge Hotel, Seventh and Massachusetts streets. Led by Janet Cinelli. Free.
Music in Mural Alley, open mike for local singer-songwriters, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Eighth and Massachusetts streets. Free.
Hip-Hop Harvest, begins at 9 p.m., Coco Loco, 943 Mass. Free.
Steve Fonseca's Poetry Open Mike, begins at 9 p.m., The Jazzhaus, 926 1/2 Mass. $2.
Gallery talk and opening of "The Experience of Farmers," a series of 12 mixed-media artworks based on interviews with Kansas farmers by artist Lora Jost, 6:30 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Exhibit on display through Oct. 24. Free.
"The Art of Appreciation," Lawrence Own-Your-Own presentation by Darcy Gerhard, 7 p.m., Fields Gallery. Free.
Harvest of Arts Poetry Jam with Matt Fowler and Friends, music by Janette Schwarzburg, Issy Tait, Sue Malloy and Natalie Cox, 8 p.m., Cafe Nova, Eighth and New Hampshire streets. Free.
Harvest of Arts Film Festival, 7 p.m., The Granada, 1020 Mass. Free.
Kid's parade, 11 a.m., from South Park to Buford M. Watson Jr. Park, Seventh and Kentucky streets. Bring a kazoo, learn a verse from "76 Trombones" and march down the sidewalk to the park. Free.
Weekend Festival in the Train Park, 10th annual Harvest of Arts Community Picnic, noon; Lawrence Ballet Ensemble, noon-1 p.m.; drum circle with Barry Barnes, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; Lawrence Ballet Ensemble, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.; singer-songwriters showcase, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; local bands, 5 p.m.-dusk, Buford M. Watson Jr. Park. Rain date, Oct. 7. Free.
Dances on the Sandbar, featuring Lawrence Ballet Ensemble, 2 p.m., Kansas River bridge. Free.
Singer-songwriter Cory M. Phillips, 10 p.m., Harbour Lights, 1031 Mass., $2.