Music, Art and Fun Take Over Ludlow Avenue This Weekend for CliftonFest 2018

The annual neighborhood festival also features a 5K race, dazzling chalk art masterpieces, a pet parade and lots of activities for kids

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It’s CliftonFest time once again. The free, annual arts fest takes over the Ludlow Avenue business district this Friday and Saturday for another great weekend of art, music and other fun. Enjoy the spirit of the neighborhood with live art drawings on the sidewalk, light installations (designed and placed by DAAP students), performances from local bands and artisan shopping.

There is also a 5K race Saturday morning (get info here) and the CliftonFest Pet Parade takes place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with prizes given out for things like best costume, wildest wag and best pet/owner lookalike pairing. There will also be a kids’ area with games, prizes and more in the parking lot next to Habanero Latin American Fare, plus kid-friendly performances (puppets and music!) at Diggs Plaza.

You can start checking out the neighborhood, vendors and artist wares and installations beginning Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday is a full day of fun that starts at 9 a.m. (The fest goes until 11 p.m. both nights). Here is the Saturday schedule of music, dance, comedy and other events. For more info, visit

Main Stage

11 a.m. Ma Crow & Co.

12:45 p.m. Souse

2 p.m. Pet Parade Judging

2:30 p.m. FrenchAxe

4:15 p.m. Mistermann and the Mojo Band

6 p.m. FIXX Band

7:45 p.m. Acarya

9:30 p.m. Son Del Caribe

Clifton Plaza (programming by CCAC)

11 a.m. Tai Chi with Michael Porte

11:30 p.m. Manuel Susarret

12 p.m. Zumba with Sue

1 p.m. Annie Burton and Music Games

2 p.m. Salsannati Dance

Beer Tent on Telford

12:15 p.m. Musician Michael McIntire

2 p.m. Comedian Tabari McCoy

3:45 p.m. Comedian Mark Chalifoux

5:30 p.m. Comedian Gabe Kea

7:30 p.m. Campfire Classics by Warlock Vorobok

9 p.m. Comedian Chris Weir

Diggs Plaza

3 p.m. Wump Mucket Puppets

4 p.m. Zak Morgan

5 p.m. Jason and Joanie

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