More than a dozen roaming artists, musicians and performance acts are taking part in Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Squamish Together. This celebration of community is taking place on Saturday, July 1 from 10 am to 5 pm.
Hosted by the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association (DSBIA), the free outdoor event will also feature food trucks, family-friendly activities, Backcountry Brewing beer garden, the X̱ex̱e7énaḵCreators Together Market along Cleveland Avenue in Downtown Squamish.
“We are grateful to those who have stepped up to create this event for our community and a great effort is being made to ensure all of our community members feel welcome and part of this wonderful day we have planned for everyone,” says DSBIA Executive Director Kerry Neil. “What better way to celebrate our diversity than through music, dance, food and storytelling in the heart of Downtown Squamish.”
Taking the stage at U Siyam Pavilion are musical guests DJ Praiz, Welhtima Kexwusem, Alex Wells, Little City Big Sound, Ant Hill Kids, Will Ross and The Hairfarmers, with performances by the Sea to Sky Dance Collective and the Squamish Sikh community.
Activities for the kids will include face-painting, balloon art, roaming artists, hula hooping and family entertainer Ira Pettle. At Cleveland Avenue and Junction Park, the X̱ex̱e7énaḵ Creators Together Market will feature art, clothing, textiles, beadwork, ceramics and other local goods as well as an opportunity to meet the people behind some of Squamish’s best known community organizations including Sea to Sky Allies, Squamish Rebuild, Squamish Welcome Centre and Squamish Community Foundation.
Food trucks will line Cleveland Avenue serving tacos, hot dogs, fish and chips and more. Guests 19+ may enter the Backcountry Brewing beer garden between 11 am and 5 p.m. Active and sustainable transportation to and from the event is highly encouraged. OurSquamish Placemaking Society will be offering free and secure valet-style bike parking at Stan Clarke Park for the duration of the event to reduce vehicle traffic.
Cleveland Avenue will be closed from Victoria to Main Street to pedestrian traffic only. The DSBIA wishes to acknowledge and thank The Province of British Columbia (BCFFE) and The Government of Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage, Tourism Squamish and the Squamish Chamber of Commerce for their partnership and the following community organizations and sponsors for their support in making this event possible.
District of Squamish, Squamish Nation, Squamish Arts, Rotary Club of Squamish, OurSquamish Placemaking Society, Woodfibre LNG, Matthews West, Mountain FM, Squamish Chief, Backcountry Brewing, and Nesters Market Squamish.