Street festivals are always exciting. From the activities to the atmosphere, to the weather, and the people, being part of a spectacular event can be both exhilarating and unforgettable. So if you’re planning one in your area, then here are some of the things you need to keep in mind.
That means not spending too much of your money on one part of the event. For example, instead of using the entire budget to book a lineup of favorite bands in your event, just have a mix of local talents to perform, with one or two known groups thrown in as your budget allows. That way, you’ll still have enough cash to use to provide other forms of entertainment for the festival goers.
A public street festival needs a sizeable public venue to be successful. That means open spaces where the performance stages, backstage areas, catering vans, portable bathrooms, campgrounds, and other facilities can fit snugly together. A fair amount of spaces in-between these facilities would also be highly appreciated, as it will prevent the activities and performers from drowning each other out.
Events held at public venues always need written permission from the local governments before they can proceed. So if you don’t want your street festival shut down on D-day itself, better have all the necessary paperwork in order.
This includes a stage for performing bands, as well as machinery for lighting and sound. And if you don’t want to set it all up by yourself, you can always hire a specialized music production company to handle these technical details.
Making it difficult for people to hop fences and join your street festival for free is easy enough. Still, you need to hire security personnel to ensure the safety of the festival goers better. They’ll be able to help you deal with lost and found things, wandering children, unruly crowds, or any other factors that could potentially ruin your event.
Marketing street festivals aren’t quite the same as marketing brands or other types of events. Aside from promoting your event in the local press and social media, you’ll also need to promote the bands and activities that you will feature there. That way, the bands’ fans will more likely support the festival, too.
Take Your Time
If you want your street festival to be a success, then you need to allow time to prepare for it. In any case, booking bands, vendors, venues, equipment, and personnel will take many months if not a year or more. Marketing and selling tickets will also take time. So best give yourself enough lead time to prepare accordingly.
Don’t Forget the Other Essentials
Aside from the things mentioned above, you’ll also need other stuff for your street festival, including tickets, wristbands, and hand-stamps (for guests only), and other forms of entertainment. The festival-goers will also need food, drink, bathrooms, first aid kits, and bins for litter and recyclables. Include these things in your to-get list, and you’re good to go. And if you need further assistance in organizing your street festival, contact us.
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