From circus jugglers and magicians to dynamic murals, Red Deer’s Meet the Street festival will offer area residents an “inclusive arts and culture experience” in the downtown this long weekend.
Visual and performance art will be celebrated through music and community partnerships at the city’s core from Friday to Sunday, Sept. 2 to 4.
Since the Meet the Street arts and culture festival is partnering with the Centrefest this year, 12 international street performance artists will be entertaining along Ross and 49th Streets.
Expect to see entertainers from Spain, England, Vancouver, Winnnipeg and from across Alberta at this event, held in partnership with the Edmonton International Street Performer’s festival.
Check out football juggler Victor Rubilar, Sharon from Canada’s comedy act, as well as the Quinn Beasley Circus Show , vaudevillian James Jordan, magician Ron Pearson, magical ‘Florobot’ Michael Ortiz, Central Alberta’s Spandy Andy and many more. (For more information, please visit centrefest.ca)
A sneak peak at Centrefest will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, following live music on the Ross Street Patio.
Full performances will go from 1-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday in the city parking lot beside the Welikoklad Centre, as well as in Circus World in City Hall Park.
There will also be a vendor market and food trucks along Ross Street.
And as part of Meet the Street, festival-goers can explore 12 new murals that were created this summer to give more pops of colour to alleyways and other underused spaces. Mural artists have been busy transforming formerly these less-than-welcoming spots into vibrant community spaces for all to enjoy.
Red Deer-area residents can either take self-guided tours, or meet on a bike or an e-scooter at 1 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday at Capstone’s Canada 150 Square (near the fountain) for a guided tour of the murals. (A mural map is available at reddeer.ca.)
Everyone is invited to come downtown to experience live music, street performers, mural tours, a vendor market, food trucks, art activities and more this weekend.
Admission is free to Meet the Street and Centrefest, but the professional street performers will have their hats out to collect appreciative donations after their shows.
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