You know how they say that as you get older, your quirks only get magnified? Just like a big schnoz grows bigger with time or a curmudgeon gets more miserly with age, the Hyde Park Street Fair has become more and more a caricature of the neighborhood that created it.
For more than 30 years, the annual arts, crafts, food and music fest has drawn out North Enders to mingle with their nabes over a few cold ones. Though North Enders have always had rep for being tie-dye clad, hula-hooping hippies, the Hyde Park Street Fair takes that to the extreme. The event draws out more than 30,000 folks and boasts more than 120 local artisans, crafters and nonprofits offering everything from Burning Man-esque LED lights to dream catchers to turquoise jewelry. There is also a sizeable selection of fried foodstuffs and an overflowing beer and wine garden.
This year, the Hyde Park Street Fair runs Friday, Sept. 17, 4-9:45 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
On Friday, the musical lineup includes La Knots, Audio Moonshine and Steve Fulton Music; on Saturday check out Chris Guiterrez, Lori Flynn, The Quartertons, Prairie Sky Pilots, Jimmy Bivens and Sherpa; and on Sunday catch Ben Burdick, Black Jack Moonshiners, Matt Hopper with Devil Whales and Eileen Jewell.
Don't miss two free capoeira workshops, a Brazilian martial arts/dance spectacle, at the Drum Central Village Dome on Friday from 5-6 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m.