The 17th annual Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival goes Friday through Sunday this year.
In support of Canada 150 celebrations, they have some unique acts coming this weekend.
“We’ve got the Canadian Hockey Show, which has been touring the world for four years now, and is always featured on Hometown Hockey. He is just phenomenal, so if you’re into hockey you want to make sure you catch the Canadian Hockey Show,” said Wayne Ayling, Founder and Co-chair of the festival.
“The Kamikaze Fireflies are here. They were very successful on America’s Got Talent several years ago, and they just continue to improve their act. They do a number of different things. We have Mat Ricardo from England, who is probably one of the best jugglers that you’re ever going to see,” Ayling added.
Despite ongoing construction in the downtown core, things will be right where they always are.
“Which means that 100th is going to be closed down, both street and avenue, for the three days. People are aware of it, and they need to make their travel plans accordingly. Hopefully, they’re going to come down to the festival, but certainly if you want to drive through our city centre you need to take an alternate route for those three days, starting at six in the morning on Friday,” explained Ayling.
The GP Street Performers Festival is the largest free, family oriented festival in Alberta, outside of Edmonton or Calgary.
Ayling wants to remind those attending to leave their dogs and other pets at home.
They have over 80 volunteers signed up, but are hoping to get to 100. Contact Barb Burroughs at the Volunteer Services Bureau at 780-538-2727 if you’d like to help out.
Hours are 4:30-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.