Find your inner hippie at the Hyde Park Street Fair in Boise

Statesman staffSeptember 13, 2013 

Each September, the Hyde Park Street Fair draws a mix of artists and activists, belly dancers and rockers, hippies and hipsters to Camel’s Back Park for a party on the green.

DARIN OSWALD — Idaho Statesman file


    SEPT. 13

    4:45 p.m.: Calico

    5:45 p.m.: Like A Rocket

    6:45 p.m.: Kamphire Collective Reunion

    8:15 p.m.: Voice Of Reason

    SEPT. 14

    Noon: The Oliphants

    1 p.m.: Ophelia

    2 p.m.: Bread & Circus

    3:00 p.m.: Jonathan Warren & The Billygoats

    4 p.m.: Innocent Man

    5:00 p.m.: Jupiter Holiday

    6:00 p.m.: Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles

    7:00 p.m.: Sherpa

    8:00 p.m.: The David Andrews Band

    SEPT. 15

    11:30 p.m.: Ben Burdick Trio

    12:30 p.m.: Blaze & Kelly

    1:30 p.m.: Reilly Coyote

    2:30 p.m.: AKA Belle

    3:30 p.m.: Thomas Paul

    4:30 p.m.: New Transit

Each September, the Hyde Park Street Fair draws a mix of artists and activists, belly dancers and rockers, hippies and hipsters to Camel’s Back Park for a party on the green.

Since it started on 13th Street in 1979, and later moved to Camel’s Back Park in 1997, HPSF has become one of Boise’s most popular events, drawing more than 30,000 to the tony North End neighborhood each year.


Nothing — which is just is fine. This year is a return to the formula that has kept this event going.

“It’s still just an old hippie fest at heart,” says Carl Scheider, who has been involved in organizing HPSF for 14 years. And while this HPSF is underway, Scheider and his cohorts at event producer Gruntwerks already are planning next year’s 35th event.

(This year, there will be no People’s Parade, which debuted last year, and no shuttle to the park.)


You’ll find 13 food vendors, including Zorba’s Greek Food, Kanak Attack and Calle 75 Street Tacos, plus two beer-and-wine gardens. Feel free to take your beverage anywhere inside the park — including the Hyde Park Sports Center’s Star Satellite tent to watch the Boise State football game on Friday and Idaho game on Saturday.


Start with something from your personal tie-dye collection, then pick up this year’s official HPSF T-shirt, pictured below, at the North End Neighborhood Association (NENA) booth. $15.


This year, go green or get stuck in traffic. With the Curb A’Faire at 13th and Eastman streets, it will be nearly impossible to find parking unless you two-wheel it.

Ride your bicycle and park in the free bike corral at the tennis courts and receive a raffle ticket for a Trek Earl cruiser donated by Idaho Mountain Touring.

(Auto parking for people with disabilities will be at 13th and Heron streets.)


This year, you’ll find 115 booths filled by paintings, photography, art glass, jewelry, hemp clothing, handmade crafts, candles, crystals and knickknacks. You can get your fortune told, and find a cause that’s right for you. Several nonprofits will be on hand with information about ways to help the environment, protect animals and make a positive change in your community.


• Check out the main stage bands playing each day. On Sept. 13, hip-hop band Kamphire Collective will reunite. Check out headliners David Andrews Band on Sept. 14 and New Transit on Sept. 15. Find the complete lineup on this page.

• On the solar Aurora Power Community Stage, you’ll find a mix of dancers — belly, hoop and Irish — musicians and more from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 14 and 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

• Step into the Community Village, where Global Lounge will host an international buffet of music and dancing. Check out the Drum Central area for the ongoing drum circle.

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