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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- If you're looking for good music, good art, good food and good brews in Tuscaloosa this weekend, look no further than the one stop shop Druid City Arts Festival.

The fifth annual festival, free and open to the public in the Government Plaza, will feature 65 regional artists and musical acts from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.A new addition this year is a beer garden feature, so attendees can enjoy a brew while taking in the artist booths or listening to a band.The festival, which was founded by two University of Alabama students looking to provide a place for local artists and musicians to showcase their talents, has grown significantly since its inception.According to DCAF, more than 7,500 people attended the event last year, and organizers expects it will continue to grow each year."My favorite part of DCAF is seeing a student artist selling their work for the first time or seeing a band totally kill it on stage," Rachel Arhnsen, a University of Alabama student who helps organize the festival, said. "The reason I help organize the festival is to help other people achieve their creative dreams."The UA student organizers were interns in a collaborative program called Creative Campus, which developed the festival for three years until 2013, when it "passed off" to the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission."It's important to Tuscaloosa to have a place to celebrate all we have in this city,' Arhnsen said. "It's a great way to introduce people who may not be in the art scene and music scene. It's a great place to show people all we have to offer."Arhnsen, a Creative Campus intern, remained as a consultant of sorts for this year's festival and said it's the purpose of Creative Campus to move on from successful projects, like the popular Quidditch on the Quad event on campus."That's the goal of Creative Campus, to be an idea machine and formulate the idea for a few years, then pass it off to another entity," she said. "We like to come up with new stuff, and if we're doing all of our old projects, we can't do that."Arhnsen said it's been fun to watch the festival grow from its inaugural year in a parking lot to its current form and thinks TTSC was the perfect group to hand over the reins to.Though artists and food vendors will be sprinkled around Government Plaza all day, DCAF's headlining music act is "John and Jacob", Birmingham natives based out of Nashville."DCAF has done a great job of getting bands right on the cusp of fame," Arhnsen said. "Two years ago we had The Revivalists, and then they blew up. They were everywhere and we were like, DCAF had them first!"


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