When the weather’s this nice, the urge to get outdoors beckons, and there’s one big, shady, grassy spot that’s always a good bet for a lazy Sunday afternoon: Scottsdale Civic Center Park.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will open its free Sunday A’Fair outdoor concert series there on Sunday, Jan. 12, with performances by Walt Richardson and Dry River Yacht Club from noon to 4 p.m. Ten concerts showcasing more than 20 musical acts are scheduled for selected Sunday afternoons through April 6.

Now in its 27th season, Sunday A’Fair is a free afternoon mini-festival that takes place in the park. Each Sunday A’Fair features two bands along with a fine arts and crafts market, activities for kids, and free admission to nearby Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Exhibiting artists will display handmade merchandise, and food, cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Free guided tours of SMoCA are offered at 1:30 p.m. and of the sculptures in the park at 3 p.m.

A number of bands will return to Sunday A’Fair by popular demand, including Mogollon on Feb. 16, Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns on March 9, and Big Nick and the Gila Monsters on March 23. The full concert schedule is available at ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or by calling (480) 499-8587.

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