Elliot Park's All People's Festival will feature music, a community art workshop and a neighborhood pet parade Saturday, Sept. 18.
The festival, sponsored by the neighborhood group Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc., has been a tradition for more than 20 years and celebrates the neighborhood's diversity. Elliot Park is in the southeastern corner of Downtown, south of the Metrodome and bordered by interstates 35W and 94.
The festival will be held at the park, 1000 E. 14th St., 3-7:30 p.m. Here's the schedule at a glance:
- Community art workshop, 1:30-2:30 p.m.;
- "Pets on Parade," marchers are encouraged to bring their pets. The march starts 3 p.m. at the Madison Apartments at the corner of 16th Street & Portland Avenue and ends at the park; and
- Music and games, 3:30-7:30 p.m. The park's stage show will feature performances by the Quetzal Coatlique Dancers, Rumba Eterna, and blues band Lonnie Knight and Big Shoes. A DJ will also play international music.
Besides music, there will be sports, games, and craft activities for youth and adults. Also on the docket is a community dinner with local fare from the neighborhood diner, the Band Box, 729 S. 10th St., and Dunn Bros, 811 11th Ave. S.
There will also be a drawing for prizes, including two bikes donated by Plumbers Union Local 15, 708 S. 10th St., and Guthrie Theater tickets.
Several neighborhood groups will host informational tables, including Chicago-based Tandem Developers, the firm behind Skyscape, a 252-loft development under construction at Portland Avenue & South 10th Street; Hennepin County Medical Center, 701 Park Ave. S.; the East Downtown Council; the Sustainable Resources Center, based in the Stevens Square neighborhood south of Downtown; and the Central Cities Neighborhood Partnership's Restorative Justice Program.