The Grande Prairie International Street Performer Festival is set to take over the streets of downtown this weekend. On top of downtown construction, drivers can expect to make their way around closures for the event.
Co-chairman for the festival Clyde Blackburn says the downtown construction shouldn’t have much of an impact on the festival, but it could have an impact on traffic and parking.
“We are hoping that the construction doesn’t get in our way. It certainly is not happening on the streets of our festival.”
Closures are expected on 100st Avenue between 99th Street and 101st as well as 100st Street between 101st Avenue and 99th Avenue.
Blackburn says the performers are exciting as ever. Acts have traveled to the area from as far away as New Zealand and Mexico and as close as Grande Prairie. Performers like comedian and juggler Mat Ricardo have made their way to the region from the UK. A full list can be found on the Grande Prairie Performers Festival website.
New to the event this year is the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen. They will be showcasing ways to cook new meals. Blackburn says the ATB Financial Kid Zone will also be a bit different this year and if you want to eat, there will be a bigger selection of food trucks at the food court this year.
The event starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and goes until 10:00 p.m. On Saturday, the streets are taken over again at 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The last day for the event goes Sunday from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Any people that want to volunteer last minute can find the volunteer booth at the event this weekend.