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Taking place on Saturday 4 December from 10am – 9.00pm, the Edge of the Bay provides a youth focused, inclusive community event that caters to both locals and visitors. Located at the Youth Precinct on the Esplanade, near the town centre Scout Hall, this event is not to be missed.

The Battle of the Bay is back! With most skate, scooter and BMX competitions not running this year Battle of the Bay is expected to attract competitors and spectators from across the state. It’ll be a great opportunity for our home-grown talent to test themselves against the best in WA. Make sure you’re down there at 9.30am to register. Luke and the team from Soggybones will be back to judge the action and treat us to their expert commentary on every trick.

The Busking Space will be new this year and as an indication of the range and variety of performers thriving in Esperance, it’s already booked up. We look forward to experiencing the acts on the day.

The actual edge of the bay will be alive with kites again when Kite Kinetics set up their display between the beach and the Youth Precinct. Watch out for large sea creatures cruising the breeze, from whalesharks to giant dolphins. They’ll dance between long strings of diamond kites and amongst colourful Japanese koi kites, with the intervening spaces crowded with jellyfish. It’s spectacular, and will be even more crowded once everyone starts making box kites and getting them in the air from 10.30am, make a note to join in!

If you and your family like going to community events but tend to avoid them because you get overwhelmed, head for the Realise Ability sensory chillout zone, a space to sit quietly if you need a short (or a long) break, or just some time out. The space will be equipped with various sensory resources such as a dark den, fidget toys, ear muffs, music, play dough and therapy pods. Ear plugs and bubbles to use as a tactile sensory tool will also be available to take away once you decide to venture forth once more.

Of course, it wouldn’t be our Edge of the Bay Festival if there wasn’t a huge market and activity contingent. You can look forward to almost 60 different stall holders, vendors and community groups. There will be glitterful face painting with Born to Sparkle, a new coffee van, the chance to test drive an electric vehicle with the WA Branch of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association, the climbing wall run by Esperance Scouts, as well as bouncy castles, lazer tag, food vendors, drumming, arts and crafts, clothing, gifts and homewares, business displays and more. The market area will be located in the carpark by the Scout Hall this year, with the construction of the Pump Track now underway.

When you want to kick back at the end of the day head down to the music stage and bar area, open from 3.30pm. The Esperance Distillery Co will be a new presence this year, offering their gold medal, local botanical gin alongside the Lucky Bay Brewing bar serving their award winning beers. Musical entertainment starts at 6pm when Michael Day and his band get on stage with their alt-folk raw, authentic sound. Energy will be high from 7pm thanks to Mitchell Martin and his five piece band pumping out their dynamic original tunes, then the sweet sunkissed strains of indie pop group Dulcie will waft over the scene to round the evening and another great Edge of the Bay Festival off.

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