After a long hard winter the locals start to dream of green grass and walks in the park, sunshine and warm weather, camping and festivals. Yes, it is festival season and that means, fun, food, family, music, art, and lawn chairs under shady trees on the waterfront.
Easy access and lots of room to have a family day or picnic in the park.
Sounds enticing and inviting and that is exactly what the Wetaskiwin Arts and Music Festival at By The Lake Park will have to offer you again this year. The WAMF team have been hard at work to bring a bit of a new spin on the “one” day local festival. President and founder Susan C. Kokas had a dream for her city to be an art destination and have it on the Travel Alberta map for the entire province to be aware of us; and now the festival has opened up to other nearby communities after many inquiries about participating at our Festival have come in.
We are delighted to have so much interest and some new genres of arts and music that want to join us and make this event bigger and better than the inaugural one last year in June 2017. That was a great success and that is why the WAMFS, a non-profit society, chose to have two music production companies come out and handle the stages that will be on ground level so that everyone can sit, enjoy and feel the music and musicians close up in their lawn chair on the green field.
We still have the usual suspects of food vendors this year as well as more First Nations involvement in all aspects: music, food, art and volunteers.
We again have a “free” park and ride from Wetaskiwin’s Drill Hall and have included the Wetaskiwin Mall, so we can include more folks who have parking or walking issues in a busing circuit. Our event is still free to attend and it is a full day affair, rain or shine.
From 9:30 a.m. with a smudging by Elder Roy Lewis to respect Treaty 6 territory to 9:30 p.m. in the evening to send off our folks with a good rock and powerhouse band, and everything cool and unusual and artsy in between. Come on out and be part of the new more inclusive and diverse Wetaskiwin Arts and Music Festival.
Find us on Facebook, Wetaskiwin Arts and Music Festival or email Susan C. Kokas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. I dare you to show me what you got!
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