ALTOONA — A festival will return next month to a park in Altoona, signaling the start of the city's 2021 outdoor celebrations. programming

In a Monday news release, the city announced that the River Prairie Festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 8 in River Prairie Park.

Planned activities include live music and theater performances, an artists market, food trucks, a family dance party, yoga classes, rock painting, a Mother's Day plant giveaway, a giant pumpkin growing seminar and a rubber ducky race in the park's stream.

In the event of inclement weather, the festival has a rain date of May 9.

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The festival was canceled in 2020 along with most other large events in the city due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But city officials said last week that they are planning to bring back festivals and concerts this year while obeying recommendations from public health officials for running COIVD-safe events.