Circus Arts United, which held its first arts festival in April 2013 at the Tiki Hut, makes its debut this weekend as a full blown street festival in downtown Cape Coral.
"We have outgrown our second location indoors at the Italian American Club," said creative director Andrea Guerrero. "We maxed out with 1,600 people and took the past two months off to bring it to the streets."
The All Walks of Art Festival makes its debut on Southeast 47th Terrace between Vincennes Boulevard and Southeast 10th Place from 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday. More than 50 artists will be creating and displaying their art work along with full bar and food vendors. Six live bands and a DJ will be providing musical entertainment for everyone's pleasure.
A 10-person Cirque Fire Troupe will give two live performances during the festival. There's also a skateboard exhibition with ramps and rails plus a and magicians.
Kids will enjoy the performances as well as a 30-foot community chalk drawing on the street in which they can participate with direction from artist Michael Nunnink.
"We are expecting to reach our goal of 3,000 people attending," said Guerrero. "We've passed out 5,000 flyers and hit the social media real hard to get the word out."
Organizers intend to work through the City of Cape Coral to continue the street festival in future months.
Cape Coral artist Brian Weaver created the Circus Arts United group to fill a void in the art scene for local artists to show their work and collaborate. He saw a need for a fresh art scene and some quality entertainment. The first All Walks of Art Festival began with seven artists, a DJ and a breakdance crew. Its monthly festivals have continued to grow over the past nine months making it necessary to find a larger venue.
"We are thrilled that in less than a year our event has more than doubled in size and has become a legitimate art movement," said Weaver. "Our dream is to help local artists and businesses, create family entertainment as well as positively promote the image of Cape Coral."
The festivals also help out a different local charity to grow the community. This month's festival will share 10 percent of the proceeds with Sweet Magnolia's Coffee House and Marketplace, a center for assistance to single mothers.
For more information call 970-343-2570 or visit www.circusartsunited.com