Now in its fourth year as an annual event, Cirque Du Lake is back and bigger than ever. After adding 4 new businesses this year alone to what is quickly becoming the creative class core of downtown Shreveport, the Lake Street Design District now boasts 10 businesses concentrated in the 400 block of Lake Street at the southern edge of downtown Shreveport.
The 4th Annual Cirque du Lake Street Festival, will be held Friday, Sept. 29 in the 400 block of Lake Street from 5-9 p.m. The event is hosted by 10 locally owned businesses in the Lake Street Design District which are; The Agora Borealis, iArchitecture; Vintage Design Group, LLC; Good Granoly; Digital Logic; Definition Industries Inc; Sweetport; Rydaz Bar, Eatery & Events and Silver Lake Ballroom.
Admission is free and all ages are welcome to attend this family-friendly street festival. Pets on leashes are welcome.
When Katy Larsen first opened The Agora Borealis four years ago, she wanted to create a store where local artists could sell their creations. Katy moved here with her husband who is a Shreveport native and found a nice storefront on Lake Street, right in the heart of downtown Shreveport. After the first year, business was up, and to say thank you to her customers, Katy organized a small block part in front of the shop.
The design block of Lake Street is home to ten locally owned business, and Katy hopes to draw more attention to this thriving sector of downtown. “Cirque du lake is not only a celebration of the progress our businesses on Lake Street have made, but also the progress of downtown Shreveport, it’s transformation and where it is headed.”
Four years later the small block party, Cirque du Lake, has grown into a full-blown festival. Designed to mimic the essence of a French market, Cirque du Lake brings street vendors, entertainers, and artists who all collaborate to put on the festival. Last year, Cirque du Lake was attended by over 1,000 people. This year, Katy is hoping for more. Local artists will be displaying their art, and the storefronts will be open for the public to meet and greet the businesses owners. A tarot card reading, live blacksmith demonstration, and even a longhorn steer will also be there as well.
Seth Winterer the founder of Digital Logic, which is a web design, online advertising and search engine optimization company, moved in to 411 Lake St earlier this year with his team of 5 people. Winterer said, “this is a great event for the community and it’s fantastic to see this part of Downtown Shreveport come alive. The businesses owners on Lake Street in Downtown Shreveport are helping contribute to the economic development of this area and it’s great to see the community come together for an event like this. Good things are happening in Downtown Shreveport.”
People attending will be treated to live music from 318 Riddim Band, Alan Dyson, Twang Darkly, and Nate Treme. In addition to the Lake Street businesses, other vendors including small businesses, nonprofits, art and décor shops, and clothing and accessories parlors will also be setting up booths. For the pet lovers, there will be animal rescues doing pet adoptions and serving animal friendly treats.
The 4th Annual Cirque du Lake will feature food and drink available for purchase from Ki’ Mexico, Sweetport, Rydaz Bar and Grill and Thrifty Discount Liquor and Wine (two full bars on the street). Live music will be performed by 318 Riddim Band, Alan Dyson, Twang Darkly and Nate Treme. Vendors will include local small businesses, nonprofits, art and décor, clothing and accessories, body products and custom gifts. Other vendors will be selling food and drinks along with pet treats and pet adoptions.
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The event is free to attend, and public parking will be available in the lot located directly across from Lake Street, as well as the lot located on the northeast corner of Cotton Street. As always, on-street parking is free after 5 pm on the weekdays (parking map is at the bottom of the post). On-street parking in downtown Shreveport is free after 5 p.m. on weekdays.
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