On the second Saturday of each month the historic mining-turned-hipster town of Bisbee, Arizona, showcases its vibrant self with an After Five Artwalk. This free, self-guided tour entices guests through 30+ shops and galleries, all with special sales, creative promotions, or drawings. Live entertainment, refreshments and artists receptions also dot the hilly landscape.
Already famous for its rich history, kaleidoscopic arts scene, wonderful amenities and friendly people, local businesses really do kick it up a notch and roll out the love with an extra metaphoric embrace during the three-hour twilight stroll.
Bisbee History and suggested outerwear
Established in 1902, Bisbee is built along the slopes of Tombstone Canyon in the heart of the Mule Mountains. Located in the Chiricahuan Desert, Bisbee is situated in Arizona’s most southeasterly county of Cochise.
A mile-high locale in its own right at 5300 feet (1600 meters) elevation, this weekend’s November forecast calls for mid-40 mornings to highs in the 70s. Plan to make a day of it -- or even a weekend -- and remember that it’s not so late in the season that you can forgo slathering on the sunscreen and donning a hat during the daylight hours. As is the rule in any desert climate, when the sun dips so do the temperatures, and a jacket is needed by most. The social media savvy should tag photos with #BisbeeAfter5
This November’s artwalk theme is artists appreciation month. The following are just a few of the highlighted artists from its website:
Mile High MunCheese 76 Main Street
In addition to offering the finest available selection of cheese from around the world, Mile High MunCheese features a rotating selection of the works of Bisbee artists and musicians. This month cheese lovers will be treated to photographs by Cathy Abramson and smaller pottery pieces by Suzanne McKee. Give Mile High MunCheese a like on Facebook too.
Doc’s Dyes 27 Subway Street
Vulcan Pottery 120-3 Naco Road
Bisbee Good Cakes 44 Main Street
For information on more of this month's featured artists please click this link.
Driving directions: from Phoenix, Tucson and points West: Take I-10 East to Exit #303 at State Highway 80. Follow this south to Bisbee through Benson and Tombstone.