The Redbud Festival, which is a free dinner and extended block party featuring vendors and live entertainment, will take place the evening of April 20th from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on April 21st from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to visitors and Shawnee citizens alike, the community dinner will take place on Main street, and vendors and attractions will be at Celebration of Life Park on the corner of Main and Philadelphia. Hosted by Safe Events for Families (SEFF), this event is a great place to spend time in a casual setting with Shawnee locals.
If a free meal and the chance to rub elbows with Shawnee residents sounds like fun to you, then join us on Main street this weekend for a delightful tradition, three years in the making! In 2016, SEFF organized the first Redbud Festival and, although it was rained out last year, this year's celebration looks like it'll be a blast! It will take place the evening of April 20th, and the morning and afternoon of the 21st.
The night of the 20th is the Redbud Dinner, a free meal that takes place on Main Street. The free dinner will be provided by community donors and will include a pasta, vegetables and hummus, and fruit; the meal is inspired by the Blue Zones Project, an effort geared towards healthy communities and longevity of life. Of course, visitors and locals alike can also purchase food from local restaurants, such as Hamburger King, The Lunch Box, Boom-A-Rang diner, so don’t expect to go hungry!
At its heart, the point of the Redbud Festival is to get people talking to people they do not know and make new friends, like a big block party! "The Redbud Dinner is a wonderful to meet new people in a relaxed environment," says Danielle Mason-Rains, Secretary for SEFF and President/CEO of Visit Shawnee. "I would encourage everyone to come out for a great meal, live music, and to meet new friends." Main street will close at 3 p.m. on the 20th. The dinner starts at 6 p.m., there will be live music and vendors, and local churches will set up a bake sale to provide dessert. The event is expected to run until 9 p.m.
On Saturday, the festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring live entertainment, pop-up shops, food trucks, and a farmer's market! Everything will be in and around Celebration of Life Park on the corner of Main and Philadelphia. The lineup of entertainment includes a demonstration of Pound, which is a percussion-based cardio workout routine, as well a performance by Stompin Sensations Studio, a children’s dance school here in Shawnee.