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Food, art occupy front seats at Spring Festival

May 9, 2016 2:44 P.M.

Downtown Spring Festival preparations are under way with a variety of new activities and events planned May 19-21.

Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association and its members celebrate spring in the streetswith live art and music, patio dining and sidewalk sales.

Businesses and restaurants in the centre of the city are opening up their doors and patios to welcome all.

For all three days of the festival there will be live music performed on the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Victoria Street. There will also be chalk artwork and street acts filling the streets for all to enjoy.

The fun begins Thursday, May 19, with the Kamloops Artisan Market incorporated into the festival for the first time. The market will be open from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. on the 400 block of Victoria every Thursday through the season. Thursday also features amazing entertainment from James Johnson Bigger Balloon Comedy Show.

Friday, May 20, is Foodie Friday, which features pop-up picnics (Hint: you will definitely find one at St. Andrew’s on the Square) and the launch of a new social media promotion called #dinedtk. Snap a picture of your food or drink and #dinedtk at your favorite downtown restaurant for a chance to win foodie gift cards and a grand prize of $250 to spend at downtown restaurants!

Saturday, May 21, features Art Alley from noon to 4 p.m. Participants can enjoy live canvas painting in a back alley artistic oasis just off 4th Avenue between the patios of Red Collar Brewing and Central Station Pub. During the live art showcase, observers are invited to join one of the near-by patio parties at Red Collar Brewing and Central Station Pub to get creative themselves. Join in with the Drink and Draw program at one of the patio parties or by adding to the community canvas.

Art Alley features a local art auction. When the canvas painting is complete, the creations will be auctioned off as part of a fundraiser for the Customer Care and Patrol Team (CAP Team). Bids on the local paintings begin at the start of the event as a silent auction and when 3 p.m. arrives,  the live auction begins.

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