Street Fest set for Aug. 15

This year’s event will have a focus on aboriginal history.

Saturday, Aug. 15 is Mission Street Fest Day.

The event is organized and sponsored by the Mission Downtown Business Association, and a wide variety of activities for people of all ages are planned. The purpose is to highlight the many shops and services in Mission’s downtown area.

Mission’s historic downtown features unique shops, entertainment venues and establishments offering a wide range of goods and services. There is truly something for everyone in the area.

The Street Fest allows First Avenue to be turned from a busy street (which is normally part of Lougheed Highway) into a giant stage and event area for much of the day. It will be closed from Horne to Grand to allow for the many events, with traffic detoured. Businesses will set up tables and tents along the sidewalks, and visitors will also be welcome to come inside the shops.

“We are dedicated to promoting and enhancing our downtown and encourage you to shop local and support our community,” says the association’s website. “Get a feel for the amenities in the area. Shop, dine, do business and connect with friends in the heart of Mission. We’re sure you’ll find downtown a warm, welcoming place to be.”

This year’s event will have a focus on aboriginal history. Executive director Jamie Hayes says there will be a pow wow on the street, and there will also be aboriginal artisans on hand, offering many unique works of art and crafts for sale. Many of the artisans are local people.

There will be children’s activities and events, including the popular bouncy castle, face painting and a magician.

Live music featuring Mission musicians, and those from further afield will be part of the event.

The music is being organized by Merv Tremblay of the Merv Tremblay Band, and the stage will be set up at First and Grand.

Science World On the Road will also be there, with demonstrations and activities from the popular downtown Vancouver attraction. Hayes expects this to be a popular attraction.

Hayes says last year’s Street Fest attracted about 3,500 people, and they had the opportunity to find out more about the many downtown businesses. She is hoping for 5,000 people this year.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.