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Switch Dartmouth: the biggest street part of the year
June 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
New for 2019: unveiling of vintage postcard mural, 4th free live music stage: drumming zone, and pirate zone with reenactors, sword-play lessons
Switch Dartmouth takes place on Sunday June 2, 2019 in downtown Dartmouth from noon to 4 p.m. More than 2 km of streets will be switched on for people, instead of cars with FOUR main live music stages and more than 75 community groups offering free activities and demonstrations along the route. The open streets are: Portland Street from Alderney Drive to Prince Albert Road, and Prince Albert Road to Hawthorne Street.
New additions this year include the unveiling of a vintage postcard mural at 53 Portland Street, created by artist Jake Siebert of The Talking Wall Designs. There will be a Pirate Zone led by the family-friendly reenactors from the Crimson Knot Pirate Association involving sword-play lessons (with balloon swords), an educational display of authentic reproductions of pirate weaponry, photo ops and more. Also, for the first time at Switch, the Shubenacadie Canal Commission will offer tours of the flume house on Prince Albert Road, with live music and costumed interpreters.
This year, we have not three, but FOUR stages offering non-stop live music performances by John Samuel, Samba Nova and many more – plus additional pop-up concerts along the route. We are thrilled to have TD Downtown Dartmouth Day back on Portland Street: an entire block will be a kids’ zone offering giant board games, stories, Lego tent and other fun activities. Plus, people can check out an electric car, have a VR experience, and try out sports from pickleball to curling to boxing – kids can even create their own championship belt – all for free.
“Every year, Switch gets bigger and better. Downtown Dartmouth thrives on the support it receives from the area residents and our businesses love to support the local community as well. Switch is a day when we can all celebrate this special connection.” Tim Rissesco, Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission.
NOTE: Admission to Switch Dartmouth is FREE and open to everyone. Friendly dogs on leash are permitted on site. Most downtown Dartmouth shops and restaurants will be open during Switch, many offering specials and events. There will be food trucks set up near Irishtown Road.
For more info: www.downtowndartmouth.ca and