(WINDSOR, ON) – Explore Walkerville; the shops, parks, alleyways, patios, and streets are ready to rock a showcase of local talent, tastes, and tradition.
The annual street party starts this Friday, at 5:00 pm, and continues Saturday from 11:00 am through to 6:00 pm, with street-side entertainment continuing until 11:00 pm.
From Wyandotte Street to Gladstone Avenue, see an eclectic collection of Essex County’s finest artists and small businesses showing off what it means to live, work and play in Walkerville. Participating businesses will also individually showcase art from all mediums: performers, creatives, and additional artists.
This year, visitors can expect to get Kiss’d with Kiss tribute band Destroyer taking the main stage at 8:00 pm Friday. On Saturday, the fun continues with rock legends Liverpool Echo playing everyone’s favourite Beatles tunes.
There’s also a special surprise announcement scheduled at 7:30 pm; don’t miss the breaking news.
“We’re inviting the world to stroll through the heart of Walkerville to see why we’re hot”, said Joe Fratangeli, the WBIA Event Chair. “We are excited to be in our 13th year and we’ve supersized the fun for the whole family.”
Streets will be lined with buskers, oversized games, face painters, with Kiss make-up for Friday night, and henna tattoos.
Find live-art community murals, belly dancing, vintage cars, and even a horse and carriage ride. Hop down the “way-too-long Hop Scotch Path” to stop in at Walkerville Brewery for the Luv Local craft show and Bloomfield House drum circle.
Meet a princess and check-in with the Street Team from Blackburn Radio for a super surprise giveaway.
On Saturday, patios will be open for breakfast at participating restaurants and the energy continues with Yoga in the Street by Breathe Pilates and Fitness, at 9:30 am.
Lion and Martial Art performances start at noon with Kung Fu at 2:00 pm.
All weekend long, the brand new Art in the Parkette will feature some of the hottest upcoming talent next to our historic clock in Jubilee Park.
On Friday, there’ll be cheers to the 125th Anniversary of the historic landmark CIBC building on Devonshire Road. Those of age can enjoy a custom Canadian Club cocktail at the Rotary of Windsor-Walkerville Beer and Spirits Tent catered by Thyme-2-Go, between Lincoln and Windermere Roads, or catch a strolling historical tour on Saturday at noon.
New this year, a photo scavenger hunt will lead you to win Walkerville Dollars with Spotted in Walkerville: See, Spot, Share. Just spot the logo and post your photos with friends, family, or selfie-sticks. Don’t forget to share it using the hash tags #SpottedinWalkerville and #WalkervilleRocks.
Additional prizes will be stashed in hidden spots throughout the festival and in participating stores. Follow @VisitWalkerville on Instagram or Visit Walkerville on Facebook for clues to win. The hunt starts Friday, at 5:00 pm, with details to be released online and at participating stores.
Get creative. The photo with the most likes will win the grand prize.