Summer Streetfest planned for this Friday in downtown Walkerton

WALKERTON – Downtown Walkerton will take on a party atmosphere that’s sure to attract crowds on Friday, July 22.

The municipality has received requests to hold an event similar to last summer’s “reopening.” The 2021 event was designed to show everyone that downtown Walkerton was open for business after many months of COVID closures. It was so well received that staff and downtown business owners agreed to hold another celebration.

Called Walkerton Summer Streetfest, it’s being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature sidewalk sales from more than a dozen local businesses, live music from a variety of local performers (Rob Brunato, Shooter John, and Take 1, Plus 1) , and tours of Victoria Jubilee Hall. The Nuclear Innovation Institute’s Science in the Summer travelling exhibit will be there to add to the fun.

Durham Street will be open to traffic throughout the day, but Colborne Street will be closed for a half block south of Durham, between the Walkerton Library and Godfather’s Pizza, for a host of family activities, including:

– an obstacle course and old-fashioned games such as ring toss;

– the Nuclear Innovation Institute’s “Science in the Summer” hands-on exhibit for kids;

– artisan ice cream from The Dam Ice Cream Bar in Cargill;

– two special story times under the tent with the Walkerton Library, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.;

– Petunia the Clown’s Magic Show; and

– Chuckles’ Balloons.

For the Love of Ice, a brand new venture offering cold water immersion therapy, is also hosting a fundraiser for the local hospice campaign, with Coun. James Lang braving a bath-tub of frigid ice water for the cause. Come witness the fun at 3 p.m., at the new store on Victoria Street.

There will also be information about local volunteer opportunities, the upcoming municipal election, the Market Garden campaign, and Victoria Jubilee Hall’s 125th anniversary and concert series.

More information about the event can be found online at

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Pauline Kerr is a Local Journalism Initiative Reporter with the Walkerton Herald-Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.