Downtown Activities – BIA

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The Culture Days Kick-Off will be an action-packed event with on stage entertainment and free, interactive arts activities for all ages.
8:00 am Free Yoga Class with True You Studio, meet in Meridian Place
9:00 am to 1:00 pm Visit the Barrie Farmers Market at City Hall and celebrate the harvest season
9:00 am to 1:00 pm Free Art Activity with Art by Alexandra. Transform a paper bag into a kite and decorate it
9:00 am to 1:00pm Try your hand at Life Drawing with Drawing House with a live model. Drop by Meridian Place
10:00 am Sing along to songs from We Will Rock You with the Kempenfelt Community Players at Meridian Place
10:00 am Free Yoga Class with Nook Yoga on Dunlop Street in front of Nook’s Studio 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Henna and interactive science activities with Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association
10:00 am to 1:00 pm Grand reveal of the City’s refreshed Nature Play Trailer & local pollinator flower art activity with artist Monica Loney and the MacLaren Art Centre at Meridian Place
10:00 am to 2:00 pm En plein air painting with Barrie Art Club at Meridian Place
10:00 am till 4:00pm Stories in the Square with the Barrie Public Library at Meridian Place
10:00 am to 5:00 pm Step-by-step painting activity with Viv Heliotis at Meridian Place
10:00 am to 5:00 pm Carnival headdress craft with Parents Against Racism Simcoe
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10:45 am Join an Indian Folk Dance workshop with Lasya Dance School at Meridian Place
11:15 am Tai Chi and Square Dancing workshop with the Simcoe Chinese Association at Meridian Place11:45 am Poetry reading at Meridian Place with Barrie’s Poet Laureate, Ty the Poetess
12:00 pm Choir performance and workshop with Bravado at Meridian Place
12:45 pm Dance party in Meridian Place with DJ Cachet
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Join Jenn from Art with Purpose and try printmaking a hot air balloon. Print on paper or bring a t-shirt or other fabric to create on. Find her setup by the “Elevate” hot air balloon mural by Donaleighs.
1:00 pm Free Pilates Class on Dunlop Street in front of Donaleighs with Jim from Namaste North
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Guided walking tour of Brightening Barriers, a temporary public art exhibition. Starting at Meridian Place
2:00 pm Public art walking tour with local artist Monica Loney. Meet at Meridian Place by the cenotaph for a walking conversation exploring some of the public art that’s been popping up in Downtown Barrie. The tour will end at Shak’s World at 3pm for the celebration of the “Home” mural by Clandestinos Art.
2:00 pm Musical performance with Megan Anne on the Meridian Stage
2:30 pm Salsa Dance Workshop with Salsa Beats at Meridian Place
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3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Celebration for the “Home” mural by Clandestinos Art at Shak’s World. Stop by for snacks and music and meet the artists behind the colourful mural on Maple Avenue.
3:30 pm Caribbean music performance by Freez’ Careeb on the Meridian Stage
4:00 pm Free Drop by Dance Class on Dunlop Street near Donaleighs with Uptempo Dance Studio. Join in and feel the rhythm
5:00 pm Musical performance by South African-Canadian singer-songwriter Zaki Ibrahim on the Meridian Stage. Groove to the blend of R&B, soul and jazz.
8:00 pm Dance it Up with DJ Jones in Meridian Place. He’ll be taking live requests and playing hits from across the world. Come together and dance as a community.
Adjacent to the Kick-Off is Open-Air Dunlop, which will see Dunlop Street East closed to cars and open for pedestrians and cyclists to roam freely, enjoying shopping, patios and many more activities.On the same day, there will also be Comic Fest at the Downtown Library and Game On at Five Points Theatre.For more info, visit barrie.ca/culturedays
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Mews Fest returns! Join us this Sunday September 24th, between 10am and 4pm in the Lakeshore Mews for the second annual Mews Fest. Enjoy live music, vendors, tasty eats and cozy community feels. To celebrate we’ll be hiding 6 golden mews mice throughout Downtown Barrie during Open Air Dunlop this Saturday. If you find one, bring it to From Babu to redeem it for mews buck to use at Sunday’s Festival. 
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We’re pleased to welcome Late Apex Simulators to Downtown Barrie! Late Apex Simulators is an exciting new car racing simulation experience. They offer 3 levels of racing emersion including full motion with VR. Stop by their Grand Opening this Saturday September 23 from 11am till 11pm.
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Calling all budding student entrepreneurs and adult mentors who want to support them! JA’s Company Program is starting up again soon and you can get involved. Whether you’re a student who wants to learn how to launch a business of your own, or an adult volunteer who wants to empower youth to create their own future, there’s a place for you. You don’t need specific expertise or knowledge to join in the fun, only a passion and willingness to build something incredible for the future.Learn more and sign up: https://www.jacentralontario.org/company-program/
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- The BIA Team 
93 Dunlop St. E
Barrie, Ontario L4M 1A8, Canada
Patricia Dent

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