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Town collaborates with Okotoks MarketSquare for three major events this summer

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Summer event and festival season will kick off this weekend with the Okotoks Parade and Children’s Festival, followed closely by Buskersfest, Taste of Okotoks, the Nooks and Crannies Festival and Chillifest.

“We are extremely excited to be able to offer these events in-person again this year,” says Janette Messer, Manager of Programs, Culture/Heritage and Events with the Town. “We are also grateful to our partner, Okotoks MarketSquare, who will be helping us fill the downtown with an Artisan Street Market during Buskersfest, Taste of Okotoks and Chillifest.”

Buskerfest will take place on Saturday, June 25 and will feature street performers and entertainers of all ages and acts throughout the streets of downtown Okotoks. Attendees can also check out the Okotoks MarketSquare Artisan Street Market spread throughout the downtown area (McRae Street from Veterans Way to Lineham Avenue). To learn more or register as a busker or market vendor, visit Okotoks.ca/Buskers.

“MarketSquare’s mission has always been to support local makers, creators and businesses,” said Megan Wozniak, Organizer. “We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Town of Okotoks on these summer festivals and see the community come together again.”

Following Buskersfest will be the 10th annual Taste of Okotoks event on Saturday, July 16. Local food providers, restaurants and caterers can register and showcase their menus with featured food samples. This event will again feature an Artisan Street Market, courtesy of Okotoks MarketSquare, spread throughout the downtown area (McRae Street from Veterans Way to Lineham Avenue). To register a restaurant or apply to participate in the Artisan Market, visit Okotoks.ca/Taste.

July 16 is also the first day of the Nooks and Crannies Festival of Recycled Art, which will run until August 27. This art festival sees artists repurpose and animate forgotten places with ‘forgotten’ materials, bringing public art to the nooks, crannies and corners of downtown Okotoks. To register for a walking tour or participate in the scavenger hunt, visit Okotoks.ca/Nooks.

“Last, but not least, don’t forget to check out Chillifest on August 27,” adds Messer. “There will be several chilli creations to taste test as well as some live music and children's activities.”

Chillifest attendees can also wonder through the downtown (Elizabeth Street from Veterans Way to Northridge Drive) and enjoy another Artisan Street Market organized by Okotoks MarketSquare. To register for the chilli cook-off or apply to be a market vendor, visit Okotoks.ca/Chilli-fest.

Stay tuned to the Town’s social media channels for more information about these exciting summer event offerings!