Dublin is hosting Splatter, its end-of-summer festival, from noon to 8:30 p.m. next Saturday (Sept. 14) for the eighth year at Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Pkwy.
The free event celebrates food, wine, art and music, concluding with a dance party concert featuring Earth to Mars, a Bruno Mars tribute band, beginning at 7 p.m. There is a charge for the children's carnival rides.
Splatter is known for its fun, family-friendly interactive art activities and unusual art installations and demonstrations. It also features live music and dance performances, and roaming entertainers throughout the festival.
At a Chalk Walk Art Competition, people of all ages and artistic skill levels are invited to purchase a sidewalk square for $5 and compete to win prizes from local business sponsors. The entry fee includes vibrant chalk pastels, but artists may bring their own. This year's theme is, "What I Love about Dublin."
Community groups will present music and dance performances in the Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater, as well as pop music on the Main Stage, located on the sports field on the Gleason Drive side of the park.
Guests can learn new cooking tips from master chefs at the Culinary Stage and sample fine wines from the Tri-Valley or cold beer from local small batch brewers. Beverages may be paired with a diverse selection of cuisine from local food vendors or the Food Truck Mafia, with a variety of ethnic specialties and summer indulgences.
For more information, or to become a volunteer, vendor or sponsor, call 556-4500 or visit www.dublinsplatter.com.