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Burlington Art Hop kicks off

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An annual event celebrating the art of the South End of Burlington kicked off Friday night. It's the 21st annual South End Art Hop. Activities started at 5 p.m. and will go for the rest of the weekend. The three-day event features more than 500 artists from the area at more than 100 sites, so there's a lot of hopping around to be done.

This event has grown through the years and this year is on target to be the biggest yet, with an expected turnout of 30,000 people this weekend.

When it comes to parking, Pine Street will remain open, but organizers are encouraging people to park at one of its designated sites and take a free shuttle. Those sites are Burton Snowboards, the Innovation Center or Burlington Town Center.

One great thing about the Art Hop is that it's not just one medium, you'll find everything from metal animal art sculptures to song and dance, and organizers say the South End of Burlington is the perfect place showcase local talent.

"It's the vibe the South End has that's due to creative business and people who have studios. When you come down here, you have a different sense of Burlington; its culture, artists and that's one of the main reasons the Art Hop has grown over the last few years," said Adam Brooks, the executive director of the Art Hop.

To get around this weekend you'll want to pick up the official Art Hop guide. It tells you where everything is and the shuttle bus schedule. You can find them at most of the hop stops.

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