SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – The region’s largest one-day arts festival returns to downtown Sioux Falls this weekend.
The Sidewalk Arts Festival is slated for Saturday, with hundreds of vendors lining the streets surrounding the Washington Pavilion.
“They have the chance to be in front of people, they have the chance to share what excites them, to publicize their own businesses and for some of them, this is really how they make a living”, said the director of the Washington pavilion. Museums Brandon Hanson said.
The annual event shines the spotlight on local artists, but it’s more than just art.
“We also have live shows, from live musicians to performers, all kinds of things. We will have Radley Rex, our mascot, the dinosaur, who will come out several times, distribute color books and interact with the children. It will be really a lot of fun, ”said Hanson.
A year ago, the numbers were down due to rain and COVID-19. The pandemic continues, but Hanson expects a year of rebound for the festival.
“Last year we had around 40,000 people, last year it was a lot less. We’re pretty much even when it comes to vendors, the number of vendors we have this year versus last year, but we expect a high turnout, ”said Hanson.
“There has certainly been pent-up demand, not only from community members but also visitors to Sioux Falls, so the events here have been very successful and we expect this especially for the Sidewalk Arts Festival,” said Swier.
An impressive turnout also means a lot of money. The Sidewalk Arts Festival serves as a fundraiser for the Visual Arts Center in the Washington Pavilion.
“The reason we do it is because it funds missions. He funds exhibitions, he funds the artists that we bring to the Visual Arts Center, he funds the programming, so any kind of activity that we have going on in the Raven Children’s Studio, that’s where those dollars come from, ” Hanson said. .
The Sidewalk Arts Festival runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday outside the Washington Pavilion.