Sidewalk Arts Festival to celebrate 55 years Saturday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Summer is drawing to a close and that means it is time for one of the area’s longest running festivals.

The 55th annual Sidewalk Arts Festival will be Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.

The outdoor festival takes place in downtown Sioux Falls on the streets surrounding the Washington Pavilion: Main and Dakota Avenues between 10th and 12th Streets, 11th Street from Main west to Minnesota Avenue and in the parking lots south of the Pavilion.

More than 300 fine art, folk art, craft, nonprofit and food booths are scheduled to take part. The Great Western Bank parking ramp will be converted into a food court with several food and beverage vendors.

Additionally, there will be several activities for children in the Children’s Studio, located in the parking lot south of the Washington Pavilion.

At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Jason Folkerts, director of exhibits and collections, will be presenting a special outdoor painting demonstration.

Additional free entertainment will be offered in the Paladino Hohm Sculpture Garden located on the north side of the Washington Pavilion.

The entertainment schedule includes:

Time Artist/Group
9-9:30 a.m. Singing Boys of Sioux Falls
9:30-10 a.m. Sound Cascade - Sweet Adeline Chorus
10-10:30 a.m. LiRa Dance Company
10:30-11 a.m. Moxton Road
11-11:30 a.m. BritZa Dance
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Good Night Theatre Collective
12:15-1:45 p.m. Mogen's Heroes
1:45-2:25 p.m. charActors
2:30-3 p.m. Sioux Empire Community Theater
3-3:30 p.m. Kirby Science Discovery Center

The Visual Arts Center and the Kirby Science Discovery Center museums inside the Washington Pavilion will be open with reduced admission.