HFA partners with Band on the Run for free music festival

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Submitted by Band on the Run

The most fun you will have at a running event just got a whole lot more fun!

Band on the Run is entering its eighth year of pairing a morning running event with a legendary celebration afterwards. The thousands of participants in the morning run look forward to the huge party in the afternoon featuring live music, cold beer and hanging out with friends. What better group to throw this momentous party than the Huntsville Festival of the Arts (HFA)? They have been bringing live music and outdoor festival events to Huntsville for 27 years.

Traditionally, the afternoon music festival has been an exclusive perk for race participants. They deserve a party to celebrate the amazing morning accomplishment! This year we would also like to celebrate the unsung heroes—the staunch supporters and friends that come out and cheer. The event will be wide open to everyone and no one need purchase a ticket.

Festivities start at 1 p.m. and go until 6 p.m. on race day, June 8. Participants, their friends and supporters, and fun-loving locals are invited to kick off their shoes, kick up their heels and kick back under the warm Muskoka sun in downtown Huntsville’s River Mill Park. The afternoon festivities will feature live bands, a craft beer garden, and interactive activities for all ages.

“We’re delighted with this partnership,” says race organizer Justine Brown. “The afternoon celebration could not be in better hands. It is going to be the best party yet. We’ll be 100 per cent focused on making the morning run fantastic while the HFA takes the afternoon to a whole new level.”

“Band on the Run is such an important event,” adds Dan Watson, executive director of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts. “We’re thrilled to kick off our summer season of programming celebrating the achievements of the thousands of hard working runners in the race, their friends and families, and all the incredible folks that make it happen.”

Now entering its 27th consecutive year, Huntsville Festival of the Arts is a charitable organization that seeks to strengthen arts and culture in the community. As one of the most important arts organizations in the region, the festival presents its annual summer season of live performance, as well as other concerts, educational activities and events year-round. Recent featured programming has included Blue Rodeo, Col. Chris Hadfield, Alan Doyle, Randy Bachman and the annual Nuit Blanche North street festival which attracts thousands of visitors to downtown Huntsville each summer.

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