Enjoy the groovy vibe of the Hyde Park Street Fair, the event that fills Camel’s Back Park with everything from artisan crafts and jewelry to custom-made drums. After 36 years, this party continues to have a grass-roots appeal that reflects the historic North End neighborhood that created it. This year’s fair features more than 100 vendors, two entertainment stages and all kinds of things to do.
There are loads of things to buy this year, ranging from clothing and jewelry to art for your yard. You can watch glass blowers from Boise Art Glass at work, check out the pottery craft at Fire Goddess Ceramics and test out the handcrafted instruments at Boom Custom Drums.
Learn about nonprofits such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Idaho Humane Society and the organizers of the Veterans Day Parade.
Stop by the North End Neighborhood Association booth to get your official T-shirt or hat ($15 adults, $10 kids) and find out what NENA does with the proceeds raised by the fair. Much of the money funds small neighborhood improvement grants. Find out how to apply for a grant at the NENA booth.
Rock out to local bands over the three days. Headliners are David Andrews Band on Sept. 18, Matt Hopper and The Roman Candles, pictured, on Sept. 19, and Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia on Sept. 20. On the community stage, you can see belly dancing from Starbelly and Cairo Fusion, and juggling, comedy and magic from Eagle-based performer Bryan Sapphire.
Start the fair mornings off with a free yoga class from Hollywood Market Yoga at the community stage from 10-11 a.m. Sept. 19-20. Ride your bicycle and lock it up in the bike corral and you’ll get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a new cruiser bike.
Get your fill of fun food from food trucks and booths, such as Idaho Five Star Funnel Cakes, Boise Fry Company, Smokehouse Grill and Goody’s Ice Cream. And if you miss Oriental Express, which closed its Downtown storefront a few years ago, you can get your fried-rice fix at Jimmy Yuan’s food truck.
•Get a beer:
There will be two beer gardens this year, one by the main stage and the other by the community stage.
4 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 18; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 19; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 20, Camel’s Back Park, 1200 W. Heron St., Boise. NorthEndBoise.org. Free.