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Tale of Two Cities festival evolves to CulturePOP Block Party

Post Date:01/09/2018 3:08 PM

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Bolton, Public Information Officer        
Office:  623-882-7053 

Tale of Two Cities festival evolves to CulturePOP Block Party

CulturePOP Block Party
Saturday, Feb. 10
6 to 10 p.m.
Estrella Mountain Community College


Goodyear, Ariz. (Jan. 9, 2018) – The cities of Avondale and Goodyear, in partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College, are proud to announce that the event formally known as the Tale of Two Cities festival has been reimagined for 2018 and is now the CulturePOP Block Party.

Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. along Thomas Road, west of Dysart Road, the CulturePOP Block Party will have street performances along with live music, food from around the world, a beer and wine garden, vendor booths, concessionaires, cultural and arts related displays, carnival rides, and more.  Admission, parking, performances and many attractions are free.

This is the sixth year for the celebration between the entities, and will carry on the tradition of showcasing the worldly cultural flair that made this award-winning event a community favorite. The former daytime parade will be replaced by an evening block party making it the biggest pop-up street fest in the Southwest Valley.

“As in past years, Avondale is excited to be able to partner with Goodyear and Estrella Mountain Community College to offer a celebration tailored specifically for the residents of our cities,” said Avondale Mayor Ken Weise.

“I’m looking forward to watching residents dance in the streets celebrating the friendly spirit the West Valley is known for,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. “The CulturePop Block Party offers another opportunity to come out and experience that sense of community in a fun event that brings cities and people together.”

Performances by the popular 80s cover band Rock Lobster will provide a festive backdrop for the many street performances which includes stilt walkers and fire eaters. The variety of entertainment also will include Irish step dancers, a Chinese dragon dance, and the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra.

Vendor applications are still being accepted. Businesses, community groups and organizations are encouraged to participate in this event which celebrates the diversity of our community. 

This event is coordinated by the cities of Avondale, Goodyear and Estrella Mountain Community College, supported by local sponsors and partners: Crescent Crown, SRP Connections, T-Mobile, Liberty Utilities, Desert Diamond West Valley Casino, Lyft, Anderson School of Music, AtoZ Rentals, Southwest Valley Chamber, West Valley View Newspaper, and is facilitated by Goosebump Marketing & Events. More details are available online at or at 602-333-2400.