Participants in the Bubble Palooza 5k/Walk and Run near the...

Participants in the Bubble Palooza 5k/Walk and Run near the start finish line. Credit: NoFo Event Co.

Run through a bubble pit and into a sea of color at the Bubble Palooza and Color Fun Run Festival, where getting covered from head to toe in blues, pinks and yellow dust is the goal.

The family-friendly event brings runners through a 1K loop at the Tanger Outlets in Deer Park where they'll be given a packet of colored cornstarch to flick around as they run the track, which begins and ends with a bubble pit. Families can run the loop up to five times, or choose to stay in the bubble area, where two machines will keep the bubbles blowing.

“It’s a great day with lots of energy,” says Shannon Reitz, a Riverhead resident who co-owns NoFo Event Co., the business behind Bubble Palooza.

The moisture from the bubbles, she adds, help the colored powder stick to participants' clothing. "The colors are definitley more vibrant" when wet, she says. Participants are given a Bubble Palooza T-shirt upon registration, but should only wear clothing that is OK to get messy.

Sisters Molly, 13, and Gemma Parsons, 10, of Baiting Hollow,...

Sisters Molly, 13, and Gemma Parsons, 10, of Baiting Hollow, are surrounded by bubbles at Bubble Palooza in Calverton. Credit: NoFo Event Co.

The event will also feature 20 local vendors including Magical World of Krista, who makes custom Mickey Mouse ears, Art By A Camp, where hand-drawn and water-painted prints are turned into stickers,  plus a tie-dye shirt-making spot, a make-your-own-bracelet or slime stations, an Italian ice merchant, among others.

Tickets are $59 for ages five and older. Admission includes entry plus a color packet, a T-shirt and event bib, backpack and a “finishers medal.” Children ages four and under can participate for free ($15 if they want the swag bag).Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes to one hour before their scheduled start time. 

WHEN | WHERE Saturday, April 30; Four 15-minute start times between 10:15 and 11 a.m.; 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park; Buy tickets at