BRUNSWICK — An annual celebration of the arts kicks off downtown this Saturday.
The Sixth Annual Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. Music fills the air as artists set up shop on the sidewalks of Maine Street while artisans give demonstrations on the mall.
“It’s a great community event where, if you’re from the area, you’re going to run into people you don’t see every day,” said festival founder Keith Garovoy.
Organizers expect between 5,000 and 10,000 people to come, weather permitting.
“Maine Street and the mall is completely filled with people all day long, providing we have good weather which we always have,” said Garovoy. “I think (right now) there is a 30 percent chance of rain and people are starting to panic, but that also means there is a 70 percent chance of sun.”
The festival began in 2007 after three years of planning by Garovoy and a group of local artists. It took two years to get the festival off the ground because the town had never held an event like this.
“There wasn’t anything allowing an event like that on Maine Street,” Garovoy said.
Thirty-two artists participated in the first Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival and that number has grown to 92 this year, including two dozen artisans and three different bands.
There will be no road closures for the festival, but residents should be aware that the parking lot in front of Bull Moose Music will be closed and there could be delays on and around Maine Street because of the event.
A full schedule of events can be found on the Brunswick Downtown Association’s website.