Celebrating the Washington Pavilion’s 57th Sidewalk Arts Festival

August 14, 2020

Annual Event Provides Safeguards for Attendees Including Special Opening Hour from 8-9 a.m. for High-Risk Guests

Sioux Falls, SD – As the end of summer gets closer, so does one of the longest running festivals in Sioux Falls. The 57th Annual Sidewalk Arts Festival, organized by the Washington Pavilion, is Saturday, September 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to this exciting and fun-filled day is FREE. The popular annual event will be implementing several safety practices to ensure the health and well-being of festival vendors and attendees. The outdoor event will be offering a special hour of shopping from 8-9 a.m. dedicated for high-risk event attendees. The festival will open to the rest of the public at 9 a.m. All participants are encouraged to follow the following safety measures: physical distancing, wearing face masks and using the provided hand sanitizer.

“The Sidewalk Arts Festival is such an enjoyable event for our vendors and guests who come year after year,” said Chief Business Development Officer Kerri DeGraff. “We are taking extra safety and health precautions so our community can continue to participate in the fundraising festival that is so important in helping the Washington Pavilion serve our mission.”

The region’s largest one-day arts festival takes place in Downtown Sioux Falls on the streets surrounding the Washington Pavilion: Main and Dakota Avenue between 10th and 13th Street, 11th Street from Main west to Minnesota Avenue and in the parking lots south of the Pavilion. This event is a fundraiser for the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion.

More than 240 fine art, folk art, craft, nonprofit and food vendors will be in attendance. In addition to a Main Ave. Food Court featuring food and beverage vendors, there will also be several fun and exciting activities for children in the Children’s Studio, located in the Paladino Hohm Sculpture Garden.

Additional FREE entertainment will be offered in the Nelson Family Amphitheater located at 11th St and Main Avenue. The entertainment schedule includes:

Time | Artist/Group        
10-10:30 a.m. | LiRa Dance Company
10:30-11 a.m. | Dakota String Quartet of SDSO
11-11:45 a.m. | Moxton Road
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Good Night Theatre Collective
12:15-1:30 p.m. | Mogen's Heroes
1:30-2:15 p.m. | Common Ground
2:15-2:45 p.m. | Sioux Empire Community Theatre
2:45-3:15 p.m. | DAPA Plays for Living
3:15-4:00 p.m. | Dakota Wind Quintet of SDSO    

The Washington Pavilion mascot, Radley Rex, is scheduled to appear in the Paladino Hohm Sculpture Garden at 11 a.m. Entertainment artists and times are subject to change.

Major sponsors of the Sidewalk Arts Festival include Billion Toyota of Sioux Falls, Marsh & McLennan Agency and Pepsi. Partner Sponsors include Balanced Life Chiropractic, Bath Fitter, Gardner’s Wisconsin Cheese, Highest Health Chiropractic, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Oh My Cupcakes, Pet Wants Sioux Falls, Plains Commerce Bank and Upper Cervical of Sioux Falls. Pop booths will be sponsored by First PREMIER Bank PREMIER Bankcard and Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls. 

About the Washington Pavilion 
The Washington Pavilion is the region’s home for the arts, entertainment and science. Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in downtown Sioux Falls, it is one of only a few facilities in the world to bring together under one roof the performing arts, visual arts and interactive science. The vast array of high quality programming and educational activities available through the Husby Performing Arts Center, Kirby Science Discovery Center, Visual Arts Center and Community Education ensures that people of all ages and walks of life can rely upon the Washington Pavilion to inspire, educate, entertain and enrich. There is, indeed, something for everyone here. For information about our programs, please call (605) 367-7397 or visit our website at www.washingtonpavilion.org.