Inaugural Flipside Fest Celebrates the Surel District

September 23rd – 25th

We are flipping out over Flipside Fest
If you haven’t heard, the producers of Treefort Music Fest are launching a new three-day event in our own Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District.

The Flipside Fest of music and murals will run from Sept. 23 – 25, and Surel’s Place and the Garden City Placemaking Fund are fully engaged in making it a truly unique and exciting community party.

Big outdoor stages at the Visual Arts Collective and the new Barbarian Brewing taproom will anchor the festival with bands including Built to Spill, and venues will be sprinkled around the neighborhood. Surel’s Place will host some familiar faces (like Steve Fulton and Thomas Paul) and some new ones – our Saturday evening shows are all hip-hop! Attendees will get a chance to see work by studio artist-in-residence Collin Veenstra.

Meanwhile, the Garden City Placemaking Fund will be set up at the free Roots Zero Waste Market stage, hosting panels on art and community and much more. We’ll be collecting ideas and inspirations about our community’s future, so swing by if you have the chance!

And don’t miss a slate of installations in the “Demolition House,” next door to our Studios on 35th Street (right across the street from Wepa). This old home is about to be razed for an artsy apartment complex, and the owners have graciously let us and our artist friends get weird in there! During the festival and First Friday on Oct 7, you can enter the house and side building to see installations by David Beams (Surel’s Place Studios), Jennifer BellJoseph HaskinStephanie InmanRachel Machovec, and Hallie Maxwell (former Studio AIR). 

Placemaking Fund artists including Ashely Dreyfus, Julia Green, and Jay Smith will be leading workshops on mural painting and creating quirky characters (open to all ages!).