Sidewalk Arts Festival – Celebrating 51 Years and Still Going Strong!

Summer is drawing to a close and that means it’s time, once again, for one of the area’s longest running festivals. The 51st Annual Sidewalk Arts Festival is Saturday, September 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to this fun-filled day is FREE.

This year marks the 9th year the festival takes place on the downtown streets surrounding the Washington Pavilion: Main and Dakota Avenues between 10th and 12th Streets and 11th Street from Main west to Minnesota Avenue.  Over 200 fine art, folk art, craft, and food booths are scheduled to take part.

There will be several great activities for kids in the Children’s Studio: face painting, inflatables, percussion instrument “petting zoo,” bean mosaics, rockets, tissue paper flowers, sand art crafts, Pinwheels for Peace, mixed media art, Ga Ga game, duck tape crafts, lester lace and more!

Children’s Studio community partners include the following:

  • Washington Pavilion Community Learning Center
  • Sioux Council Boy Scouts of America
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire
  • Eugene Field A+ Elementary
  • Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons
  • Groove, Inc.
  • Lutheran Social Services Mentoring Services
  • Sioux Falls Family YMCA
  • Washington Pavilion Kirby Science Discovery Center
  • Youth Enrichment Services

The Home Federal Bank parking ramp will be converted into a food court with several food and beverage vendors.


Additional FREE entertainment will be offered in the Nelson Amphitheater located at the corner of Main and 11th. The schedule is as follows:




9:15-10 Melley Brothers Band (a.k.a. Natural Disaster)
10:15-10:45 Singing Boys of Sioux Falls
11-11:30 Kirby Science Discovery Center Summer Sidewalk Series Demonstration
12:00-1:15 Mogen’s Heroes
1:30-2:15 Two White Squares
2:30-3 Aubrey Dale
3:15-3:45 Lincoln High School Jazz Band
4-4:45 Stringed Soul

Major sponsors of the Sidewalk Arts Festival include: Home Federal Bank, Face it Together, Billion Automotive, Howalt-McDowell Insurance, Party Land, Lacey Rentals Inc., Coffea, Pepsi, Waste Management, First Premier Bank Premier Bankcard, Capital One and KSFY.

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 the Community Learning Center ensures that people of all ages and walks of life can rely upon the Washington Pavilion to entertain, inspire, educate and enrich. There is, indeed, something for everyone here.  For information about our programs, please call (605) 367-7397 or (toll free) at 1-877-Wash Pav, or visit our website at

Michele Wellman

Director of Public Relations

Washington Pavilion

605 | 731 | 2306 phone

605 | 321 | 7636 cell


301 S. Main Avenue., PO Box 984

Sioux Falls, SD 57101-0984

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