Free Events & Parade


Fabulously fun FREE events happen every year, throughout the day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and some general themes have developed over the years.   We are always exploring new projects so plug in to our website on occasion to read about how the 2017 festival is shaping up.   We will post details from time to time.  The Deep Roots Music Festival 2016 booklet  provides  detail on what has been … giving a good sense of what may be …!   

Friday, free music performances start. People are encouraged to bring a chair and spend some part of the afternoon at the Clock Park tent where, usually starting at 2pm, various musicians entertain. Artists@Acadia is another option for free performances that has always been popular.

Saturday, start your day exploring your creative side, either preparing for the parade or playing with giant puppets; or move right into your musical side – drumming, harmonizing voices, or kids playing music. Many folks have claimed that our Saturday noontime Fresh Beats Rhythm Parade is one of the highlights and at the very heart of the Deep Roots Music Festival. Whether you’ve participated in one of our morning workshops or not, come join the Fresh Beats Rhythm Parade. Everyone gathers at the Clock Park Tent at 11:35am bringing their own rhythm instruments, if they have them, and wearing a costume or wacky hat if so inclined. Since the morning includes a workshop to make hats, masks and instruments for the parade, you could be wearing the fantastic hat or mask you’ve just made, or be holding the rhythm instrument you’ve just created … or be donning the Wee Giant costume you’ve just borrowed! At NOON … the parade in all its glorious colour and joyous noise begins.

Parade Route (subject to change):

Leaving from Clock Park, the parade proceeds east on Main Street, turns left and goes north on Central Avenue, turns left again moving west on Front Street. A final left and a hop, skip and a jump south on Elm Street will bring us back to Clock Park and the Festival Tent. Please stay in costume and gather for a GROUP PICTURE right after the parade finishes. After the parade, stay around for free music at the Festival Tent at the Clock Park. Bringing your own chair is recommended, and bringing a picnic along to enjoy while listening to the music just adds to the fun! (If you check out the Farmers’ Market earlier on Saturday, listening to Deep Roots artists who perform there, you probably won’t be able to resist picking up some of the great local food choices.)

Sunday … a great sing-along in the morning and then, during the afternoon closing concert, young people (and anyone else who wants to join) usually gather in the Festival Theatre lobby for planned play and craft activities.

If the Weather is REALLY wet …

September is usually beautiful in Nova Scotia, but… it could still rain. Almost all of our venues are indoor and unaffected by adverse weather conditions, and all shows at the Clock Park Tent (except drum circle) will go on, rain or shine. If the wind is too much, the Clock Park Tent events may move over to the Baptist Church right across the road but they will go on.

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