This weekend, Gilbert’s SanTan Village turns in our very own Little Italy during the Bella Strada street-painting festival. During this unique outdoor event, more than 150 artists will chalk the streets of SanTan Village and create over 100 images of incredible modern art, original design and reproductions of well-known masterpieces. Along with amazing creations, guests are invited to the free event and enjoy free music performed by local artists and performance groups. The performers include The Talent Team, Cindy Standage and FireFly. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, kids can also participate in Bella Strada. Located near the Disney Store, children are encouraged to create their own street painting using a palette of chalk and their imagination. In addition to the street art, there will be face painting, children’s activities and strolling street performers. Each participating child will receive a box of pastels to keep and a photo of them with their artwork. The cost is $10 and the proceeds will be donated to Save the Family’s youth program.
Bella Strada guests are also asked to bring their appetite to the festivities. On Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Restaurante di SanTan take place. For $10 per person, each restaurant will offer scrumptious servings of their house specialties. (SanTan restaurants include Gordon Biersch Brewery, Cantina Laredo, Brio Tuscan Grille, Grimaldi’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, The Keg Steakhouse, Red Robin and more.) All proceeds from Restaurante di SanTan will benefit Save the Family. Tickets can be purchased at the event or at www.bellastrada.com. 2206 E. Williams Field Rd, Gilbert. 480.899.5495, http://www.shopsantanvillage.com/.
The second-annual Arizona Breakfast Weekend takes place July 28-31.