For 17 years now, Old Strathcona art store The Paint Spot has been organizing one of the area’s most bright and beautiful of festivals. The Whyte Avenue Art Walk Festival (July 13 – 15, 10 am – 5 pm daily) transforms Old Strathcona into one giant outdoor studio and gallery. Take this 4 km walking tour from 100 Street to 108 Street and you’ll likely start to think you’re traipsing through the Left Bank of Paris.
This year, Art Walk will be particularly huge. “We have over 380 artists participating,” says Kim Fjordbotten of The Paint Spot. “In order to accommodate everyone, we also go into McIntyre Park and the green space located on the corner of Whyte Aven and Gateway Boulevard, across from Hudsons on Whyte – and we’ll also be closing 105 Street between 82 and 83 Avenue for the weekend.”