This year’s Arts Alive in Langley City was the biggest yet, with 25,000 people expected to attend the all-day exhibition (compared to about 18,000 the previous year) to see 250 artists and artisans.
For the first time in its 24-year history, all of the vendor spots were sold out.
“With a wait list,” said Downtown Langley Business Association executive director Teri James.
James said the calibre of performing artists was up, and many were promoting the event on social media in addition to the promotional campaign by the DLBA.
James said the success of the event is due to support by sponsors, volunteers and the City as well as local residents.
“Half the people (visitors) here are from the community,” James said.
The event continued on the One-Way — and several side streets — until 5 p.m. Saturday.
Visitors could see new work from painters, potters, sculptors and jewelry designers along Fraser Hwy between 204 206 Streets.
The Arts Alive Showcase Stage at McBurney Plaza featured all-day live music, as did Salt Lane.
There was a Children’s Fun Zone with free activities for kids including balloon twisters, face painters, crafts, bouncy castles and more.
James said plans are already in the works to make next year’s 25th anniversary a memorable one.