It’s a Festival, It’s a Feast, It’s a Carnival!


The Cherry Creek Arts Festival was filled with sculptures, paintings, foods, drinks, activities for children and adults alike, and theatrical acts.

At the Creation Station, one of the activities children and their parents were participating in was making “vegetables come alive.” They were transforming healthy snacks by giving them eyes, noses, mouths, hair, and even ears! By doing so, they were exposed to a way of creating art with new materials that also encourages healthy eating!

Besides the Creation Station, there were numerous other events at the festival such as mural paintings, various music group performances, diverse food trucks, and pop-up performances.

Families with children young and old gathered, mesmerized, as they watched murals take form. The bands’ music brought the Cherry Creek Arts Festival to life, adding a festive tempo and a sense of community.

The food trucks allowed people’s taste buds to travel the globe from India to Italy to Mexico. They had foods such as chicken vindaloo (from India), grilled octopus (from Greece), loco picante (from Mexico), cannolis (from Italy), bratwurst (from Germany), crepes (from France), and cơm kẹp rice burger from Vietnam.

The Handsome Little Devils did surprise acts around the festival. They paraded around the streets and on their stops, performed mini-acts and continued on their way, making their audiences roar with laughter.

Mike Huling founded The Handsome Little Devils with his brother, Dan, refining the skills they showcase in a juggling club, then adding theatrics and comedy to their act. On their road to fame, they sporadically met different performers and choose which ones would be the best fit for what roles they had open and then invited them to join their group.

“Weirdos attract weirdos so we kind of met a lot of those people along the way when we were doing shows or broken down along the side of the road,” Daisy the Cheerful Vampire commented.

“We wanted to bring live music, theater, sculpture, visual art, juggling, circus to the audience and that’s why we aren’t even putting things on the schedule,” Mike Huling explained. “We just want people to walk up and happen upon it. They have no idea this thing was going to happen and then they see hopefully an amazing show and then have something to talk about that they didn’t plan on.”

“We usually just try not to get bored. It’s kind of like all of the things you dream about doing as a kid. We just said ‘okay we want to do this’ and then we learned how so we learned how to build, and we learned how to perform, and we learned how to make people laugh,” Daisy the Cheerful Vampire added.