Festival time

We’re gearing up for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival again.

Festival time

We’re gearing up for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival again.

This year, the festival starts on Victoria Day, Monday, May 20, in Regina, Saskatchewan. It begins with a parade that leaves Holy Rosary field at 11:30. It travels west along 13th Avenue to Elphinstone Street, where it will turn left and head down the hill to Les Sherman Park for a kick-off picnic.

Throughout the rest of the week are performances and events, which culminate on Saturday, May 25, with a street fair on 13th Avenue that stretches almost ten city blocks full of food, artists, vendors, musicians, entertainers—and us! 

So to celebrate, here is a list of our favorite things we love about the Cathedral Village Arts Festival:


  1. The energy of set up and preparation: Getting ready to welcome thousands of people into our neighborhood and working with like-minded creative folks.
  2. The commitment to the day:  We know, rain or shine, the day will move forward, and it will end with a plethora of stories.
  3. The motley gathering of every type of people: The full acceptance of everyone.
  4. The full-tilt experience of the event on my senses: Sounds, smells, visuals—it all happens here.
  5. Getting to spend the day with Dave: Under the watchful peaks of the cathedral, doing what we do best, talking to people, having fun, laughing, high-fiving each other, and going home with fewer books than we started.


  1. The Food: There is so much delicious food. Not only the regular carnival fare like burgers, fries, and cotton candy but different restaurants with worldly flavors. And, as always, mini doughnuts for my wife before I leave at the end of the day.
  2. Connections: So many people come to the Arts Festival that I always see friends and family I haven’t seen in ages. It is always so great to catch up with everyone.
  3. Window Shopping: I don’t usually do a lot of buying at these festivals (I’m too busy trying to sell 😉), but I love seeing all the crafts and products that sellers display in their booths.
  4. Sense of community: The festival estimates that around 40,000–45,000 people attend the Street Fair each year, which is a fantastic experience. It feels like the whole city has come out to our neighborhood—even though many people still don’t know about it!
  5. Sights, Sounds, Smells: Angie mentions this too. There’s just so much to see, smell, and hear! Buskers, people in costumes, live performances in the surrounding parks. It feels like a Renaissance fair meets a music festival meets a farmers market. It’s great!

We hope you enjoyed this newsletter. If you liked it, please let us know because we’d like to do more lists if you’re interested.

And please come to the festival on Saturday, May 25, in Regina on 13th Avenue near the Holy Rosary Cathedral.

Thank you so much for being a part of our journey.