Pop-Up Open Air Dunlop


Published: Oct 6th, 2022 10:27am

News release from the Downtown Barrie BIA

Join us and enjoy a cozy fall day exploring the sights, shops and restaurants of Downtown Barrie. 

Oil Pastel Autumn Leaves – Add to the season’s colourful foliage by creating leaves using oil pastels with Art by Alexandra Gronfors. She’ll guide sketching, colouring and blending while encouraging individual expression. Find her setup at Meridian Place from 9 am to 1pm. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Mini Murals in Meridian Place – In celebration of the public art initiatives happening in Downtown Barrie, join us from 9 am to 1 pm and create a mini mural! Led by local artist Monica Loney, who helped create the strawberry mural located at 54 Maple Ave. Miniature paper buildings have been crafted with love, and materials will be provided for kids to decorate them. All ages and abilities are welcome. Keep an eye out for more public art in the area soon! 

Pumpkin Carving at the Farmers Market – It’s harvest season at the Barrie Farmers Market, enjoy the flavours of the fall season. You can also enter their pumpkin carving contest! Be there with your carved pumpkin by 10:30 a.m. for judging. 

West End Family Fun – Located across from the Pratt Homes Theatre, enjoy free access to fun interactive games and inflatables. Join us from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for some family fun in the West end!!!

Wish/Gratitude Tags – Join Jenn from Art with Purpose in creating a collaborative art experience inspired by Yoko Ono’s work, Wish Tree. Participants will stamp a lino block image on one side of the tag and write a word that represents their gratitude or wish for our community. Tags can be taken home or added to a tree. Find Jenn set up at Meridian Place from 12 pm to 4 pm. 

Metis Dot Art – Did you know the Metis people are sometimes referred to as the Flower Beadwork People? Join local Indigenous artist Samantha Loney from 12 pm to 4 pm on Dunlop West, near Mexhico Restaurant. You can learn about Metis dot art and fill in your own floral beadwork inspired design. She’ll have colouring pages and markers ready. All ages and abilities are welcome. 

Open Air Afternoons – Take in an afternoon concert at Meridian Place with Spencer Burton from 2 pm till 4 pm. Spencer carries with him an insatiable wanderlust and deep respect for nature, which reflects in his songs. His musical trajectory has been multifaceted, from his punk rock roots as part of Attack in Black to the darker country-inspired sound of his first two solo albums under the name Grey Kingdom. In 2012, he dropped Grey Kingdom, in favour of his own name, moving towards a more natural country folk sensibility. 

Keep an eye out for stilt walkers and jugglers roaming Dunlop Street for your amusement.

Of course, our local businesses will be open to welcome you to browse and shop at your leisure.  

The official Open Air Dunlop season has come to an end, but after this weekend there are still another two pop-ups to look forward too.     Stay tuned to learn more about our Halloween Open Air Dunlop on Saturday October 29th and the special Noella Festival Open Air Dunlop on Saturday, November 19th for the Santa Claus Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration.  

Patricia Dent

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