Downtown St. Catharines hosted the third annual community Block Party welcoming thousands of visitors into the heart of the city for a full day of free music, activities, and vendor markets.
The event kicked off with a music crawl on Friday evening that provided free performances at over 9 downtown venues and a free outdoor screening of Twister courtesy of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Fresh Air Flicks (which continue every Friday until the end of August!).
On Saturday sections of St. Paul and James Street were closed to traffic and opened to pedestrians to make room for outdoor stages and free family fun. Businesses and community members came together to provide free entertainment along with over 30 artists performing across Downtown ensuring there was something for everyone to enjoy.
Though the rain may have changed a few plans, it did not dampen the enjoyment of the day with approximately 5000 visitors still stopping by to enjoy the party in beautiful Downtown St. Catharines.
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A big thank you to Downtown Businesses who make events like these free and accessible to the community. Thank you to our business members and planning committees who volunteer their time and skills to ensure the day is a success.
This year we have been very excited to bring on many new sponsors and partners that helped us to grow and make block party better than ever! Thank you to presenting partner Davids & DeLaat and stage sponsors: Meridian Credit Union, Service Master Niagara, and Hernder Estate Wines.
Thank you to our activity partners, Shop St. Catharines, Hoogasian Insurance, Pavilion Dentistry, Recycle Everywhere, CAA Niagara, Giant FM, and Ontario Power Generation, and to the stage programmers: Market St. Catharines, Young and Gifted Niagara, Niagara Artists Centre, The Particle Sound, and Black Owned 905!
A special shout out to the City of St. Catharines, FirstOntario Performing Arts, Jones Garage, Suitcase In Point, the James Street Market, and Pocket Change, and for all who were able to come out and enjoy the day!