Long Weekend Fun at Red Deer’s Meet the Street/Centerfest Festival

From circus jugglers and magicians to dynamic murals, the Red Deer’s Meet the Street Festival will offer area residents an “inclusive arts and culture experience” in the city this long weekend.

From Friday to Sunday, September 2 to 4, the city’s core will celebrate the visual and performing arts through music and community participation.

As the Meet the Street Arts and Culture Festival is partnering with Centerfest this year, 12 international street performance artists will entertain alongside Ross and 49th Streets.

Held in partnership with the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, the event is expected to see entertainers from Spain, England, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Alberta.

Watch soccer juggler Victor Rubiller, Sharon of 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. (Please visit centerfest.ca for more information)

Live music on the Ross Street patio will be followed by a sneak peek at Centrefest Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Full performances will take place on Saturdays from 1-8 pm and on Sundays from 1-6 pm at the Velikoklad Center in the city parking lot as well as at Circus World in City Hall Park.

There will also be a vendors market and food trucks along Ross Street.

And as part of Meet the Street, festival-goers can see 12 new murals that were created this summer to give more color to alleyways and other unused spaces. Mural artists have previously been busy turning these less-than-welcoming spots into vibrant community spaces for all to enjoy.

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Red Deer-area residents can either take self-guided tours, or get on a bike or e-scooter on Saturdays or Sundays at 1 p.m. on Capstone’s Canada 150 Square (near the fountain) for a guided tour of the sculptures . (A mural map is available at reddeer.ca.)

Everyone is invited to come downtown this weekend to experience live music, street performers, mural tours, vendor markets, food trucks, art activities and more.

Admission to Meet the Street and Centerfest is free, but professional street performers will have their hat on for collecting commendable donations after their shows.

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