If you haven’t already heard of Artscape at Wychwood Barns, you are missing out. More than just a place, it’s also a community venue where people can come together and share culture, arts, food, civic responsibility and fun. I was there recently as it was the site of The Grid’s Burger Day (which, if you want to gorge yourself on some of the best burgers you’ll ever have, I highly recommend).  On Wednesday August 28th I returned for the first in a series of Artscape Street Parties – and this one was circus-themed!  I’m never one to say no to circuses despite my coulrophobia (ug, don’t google that word), so I headed out there, camera tow, to document a pretty darn fun evening.  Let me say they sure know how to put in a circus!  Rather than list all of the great features at the circus, let me show you in pictures:

Wychwood Barns. Admission was $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 7-16, free for 6 and under


Free popcorn


Games for the kids




An accordion (ya gotta have an accordion)


Stilt walkers


Food trucks


Face painting


Life drawing from Norman Felix Gallery


That thing of where you put your face through the holes in a picture


Fire juggling
This tree dude playing the musical saw


Cotton candy and wine – the best Wednesday night ever!


And a contortionist (you gotta have a contortionist)

I think it’s safe to say that when the next Artscape street party happens, I will be there – they sure know how to throw a party! In the meantime I have their next event to look forward to – the St.Clair Streetcar Centennial Celebration on September 10th! If you love transit and community gatherings then you won’t want to miss it. See you at the barns!