Free colorful and vibrant family event planned for this weekend

'Kaleido on Tour 2021 - Dancing in the Street' Festival, a free colorful and vibrant family event happening this weekend. Photo: Bealiqué Kahmahkotayo

Lots to see and do at the Kaleido Festival this weekend.

The free Kaleido Festival is coming up this weekend, Sept. 10 to Sept. 12, to be held, in part, at Jelly Bean Park in Edmonton, located at 92nd Street and 118th Avenue. This year’s event is called Kaleido on Tour 2021, Dancing in the Street.

There will be musicians, street performers and visual artists on balconies and front porches, in outdoor rinks and parks.

Art will also be rolling by on flatbed trucks through the Alberta Avenue District from NAIT to Northlands, 75th Street to 106th Street and 111 Avenue to the Yellowhead. They will be stopping at select parks or large areas where people can safely watch and enjoy the show.

Christy Morin is the artistic director and general manager for the Kaleido Festival. She says there is a lot of different things to see and do.

Morin says she is excited about this year’s festival but reflects on what happened last year.

Trina Lewis is doing word art, using various quotes and sayings written in chalk for the Kaleido Festival. She says this is great way to get out and enjoy time outside during the pandemic.

Dallas Arcand is a hoop dancer and a musician. He will be playing some original songs at Borden Park on Saturday evening. He says that it’s great to have the opportunity to play during the festival.

Sean ‘Bluespuppy' Riquelme is an Indigenous musician and is excited to be playing at the Carrot Coffee House on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Morin says volunteers are always needed at events such as these.

“We really need volunteers because some people are auto-immune suppressed and are unable to come out, so if you are strong and able-bodied person that’d like to come out and be part of our volunteer team, we’d love to have you.”

There’s so much for you and your family to take in, so go out to this fun and vibrant event.

There will be a pancake breakfast on Saturday. The list of performers, stages and artists can be found on the website.


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