Each September, the Hyde Park Street Fair draws a mix of artists and activists, belly dancers and rockers, hippies and hipsters to Camels Back Park for a party on the green.
Since it started on 13th Street in 1979, and later moved to Camels Back Park in 1997, HPSF has become one of Boises 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.
Its 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 years 35th event.
(This year, there will be no Peoples Parade, which debuted last year, and no shuttle to the park.)
EAT, DRINK AND WATCH
Youll find 13 food vendors, including Zorbas 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 Centers Star Satellite tent to watch the Boise State football game on Friday and Idaho game on Saturday.
WHAT TO WEAR
Start with something from your personal tie-dye collection, then pick up this years 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 AFaire 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.)
ART AND STUFF
This year, youll 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 thats 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, youll 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.