North Enders--those folks living north of State Street on oak-lined streets--are renowned for being an eclectic bunch. That's why each year Camel's Back Park morphs from a quiet place for trail runners and Frisbee enthusiasts into a prime people-watching party: the Hyde Park Street Fair.
Now in its 33rd year, the fair combines arts, crafts, food and music, drawing more than 30,000 visitors. Wares from more than 120 local artisans, craft-makers and nonprofit organizations include blown glass, tie-dye and more, along with a ton of food vendors.
Attendees sip cold beer, eat fried foods and listen to local, live music for three days.
The 2012 Hyde Park Street Fair will take place Friday, Sept. 14, from 4-9:45 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday's schedule kicks off with a parade down 13th Street, beginning at 11 a.m.
Friday's musical lineup includes Voice of Reason, A.K.A. Belle and Finn Riggins. On Saturday New Transit, Sherpa, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, and Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles will take the stage. And on Sunday, Bill Coffey and his Cash Money Cousins will finish off the weekend after Jeff Crosby and the Refugees and Reilly Coyote. A full lineup is available at northend.org.
The street fair will also feature a new addition this year. The Sports Center, which will be located next to the main stage beer garden, will feature a big screen TV so Boise State fans can watch the Broncos on the blue turf without having to leave the park, thereby solving the "football or fair?" dilemma.