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Party on the Street & Aurora Lantern Parade

Friday, 7:00 pm: Before kicking off the Aurora Lantern Parade, The McGowan Family Band and Bardic Form will launch the party and get you groovin’! Join the lantern parade, performers and festival-goers as we dance, sing, drum and laugh together. Follow the light to The Long War performance on the Avenue Central Stage.

Forgot your lantern? Create one with your friends and family at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts (9225 – 118 Ave). Open 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Or become an audience member as Stories on Wheels present a family-friendly theatrical piece Middle Eastern Stories.

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Takwakin (Autumn in Cree) Village

Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 6:00 pm | 92 St & 118 Ave (Arts Common grassy space)

Autumn is a welcoming time for communities to share a richness of their heritage and traditions. Join a cultural celebration including pow wow, artisans, music and dance performances of the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples. There will be traditional crafts for sale as well as craft workshops and demonstrations. (Bannock tasting, Métis finger weaving, Cree language lessons, and flint & steel firemaking).  View schedule >>

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FREE Pancake Breakfast!

Saturday 10:00 am – Noon
9210 – 118 Ave (Avenue Central Stage in Festival Square)

Head over to the 630 CHED Avenue Central Stage and enjoy a pancake breakfast served alongside live musical performances!

Thank You LOCAL 488 Volunteers!

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Jazz Alley

Alley between 93 & 94 St south of 118 Ave
Friday 7:00 – 9:00 pm | Saturday Noon – 7:00 pm
Sunday Noon – 6:00 pm

Catch some cool cat tunes while you relax in our cozy outdoor venue in the alley east of 94 Street. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase with sit down service and à la carte menu.  View schedule >>

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Chalk It Up

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon – 6:00 pm
Corner of 92 & 118 Ave

We are thrilled to welcome local chalk artists Tim Hudec, Ryan Gustafson,Trina Lewis, and Jeffrey Maruniak to our 2018 festival. Come be a part of the chalk art fun and create your own masterpiece in the Chalk It Up Zone. Sidewalk chalk provided.

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Free collaborative paint party

Come paint! Saturday September 15, 2018 | 11am – 5pm

Second floor deck at Artshub 118 (11731-93 St.)

Collaborate with resident artists and others. Throw paint around, explore colour, line, texture, and the fluid nature of paint. Work together, team up, fraternize with the neighbourhood locals and create amazing pictures, or just do your own thing, all materials provided. Free!

Second and third floor hallway gallery open for viewing, featuring artwork by ArtsHub resident artists.

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The Front Porch Music Series

Saturday & Sunday | 1:30 – 2:15 pm, 3:00 – 3:45 pm

The Front Porch Music Series invites local musicians to perform a 45 minute set on the porches and balconies of homes in the neighbourhood. Be sure to check it out!  View Schedule >>

Champions of Alberta Avenue Documentary & Exhibit Launch

The Alberta Avenue Business Association and Arts on the Ave are pleased to present a special screening of Champions of Alberta Avenue at this year's Kaleido Family Arts Festival. This community-driven project produced by Arts on the Ave was made possible through support from the Edmonton Heritage CouncilEdmonton Arts Council, and the Alberta Avenue Business Association.

The project highlights our community members to celebrate the multicultural richness of the district and the people who have contributed to it – the true Champions of Alberta Avenue! 

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Bedouin Beats Caravan Stage

Friday 7:30 – 9:45 pm

Friday night, the stage kicks off with our BOHEMIAN BEATS night where some of the best bellydancers in Edmonton and beyond will dazzle you with their amazing performances! Don’t miss our closing act leading into the Lantern Parade!

 Saturday & Sunday Noon – 6:00 pm

The fun continues Saturday and Sunday with a full schedule of dance performances each day featuring dancers from across Alberta. Think you know bellydance? Let us treat you to what you may not know with a myriad of traditional and modern styles. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the shimmy!

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UNITY Project – Fibre Art Installation

Friday 6:00 – 9:00 pm | Saturday Noon – 7:00 pm
Sunday Noon – 6:00 pm | 9225 – 118 Ave
(east side of the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts)

Back by popular demand! 

UNITY is circular arrangement of 32 poles. Each pole is labeled with an identifier. With yarn, participants tie to each pole with which they identify. A canopy of interconnectedness forms as more people participate. In the end, we see that we are all connected by something. #UNITY #KALEIDOING

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The Trollsons

The Trollsons are a family of comedic trolls from the Canadian forest! They mingle with the humans, chat, tell jokes, sing songs, dance, play music, matchmake, and generally cause mischief and merriment. They create forest magic wherever they go.

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Junk in Your Trunk

Sunday Noon – 6:00 pm
92 St & 118 Ave (north side)

Our very own ‘Boot’ sale Join the coolest garage salers in town! Bring your cash, and your eco bag, and make someone’s junk your treasure.

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Literary Salon: Poetry is a bliss thing

Prose dances. Both languages create culture.

Poetry bares the heart, builds powerful connection between the poet and listeners. Poets follow their bliss wholeheartedly. Poets and prose authors decipher the language of their blood for your ears proving repeatedly the pen is mightier than the therapist and the sword. Inspiring words on the page often promote emotional intelligence. Both Tim Willson, anthology editor of daily inspirations and Patricia Dunnigan, memoir author, launch books at Kaleido’s Literary Salon.  View schedule >>

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Hok San Lion Dance

The Hong De Lion Dance Troupe will be sharing the lion’s blessings, which are believed to bring happiness, longevity, and good luck!

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Edmonton Public Library at the Yurt

Come visit Edmonton Public Library in the yurt for a fantastic family storytime featuring stories from around the world; and share in the fun by creating your very own Artist’s Trading Card to swap.

Sponsored by: Edmonton Public Library

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The Giants

Make way, the Giants are coming… Keep a lookout for the Maraca Man, Calypso – the Cha Cha Gal, the Aurora Dragon, and the Huge Hug Monster. They will be wandering the site all weekend taking in the wonders, and adding a few of their own.

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History of Alberta Ave Comes to Life

Saturday & Sunday

Listen and watch as Tim Moreland and friends share the historic arts of the blacksmithing and leatherwork.

Sponsored by:  Forge & Farrier