I’ve been going to the Temescal Street Fair for years so I was super bummed when I had plans for the date it had been scheduled for in June. Lucky for me (but not so lucky for the event organizers), it was rescheduled due to the rain for this Sunday, July 10. (You’d think it would be safe to schedule an outdoor event in June, but with the crazy weather this year, I guess not.)
I’m a big fan of street fairs and festivals. I love seeing normally car-jammed streets filled with pedestrians. I love having so many different food vendors and other small business vendors crammed together and so convenient. I love running into Oaklanders from the neighborhood and beyond.
The Temescal Street Fair is special to me though because for five years it was my neighborhood street fair and had to substitute for my neighborhood block party, since living on Telegraph, it’s not so easy to set up a block party.
This year, the fair has a similar structure to past year’s events, except for one awesome addition – the Oaklandish County Fair. But this isn’t your regular county fair. Instead of farm animals and pie eating contests, they’ll have pop-up soccer, bike dances, wrestling, a photo booth, and much more.
Via Oaklandish’s blog, here’s what they have planned:
ANTICS & ACTIVITIES:
Pop-up soccer goal and games by My Yute Soccer
Videos and interviews by Youth Radio
Oakland Local’s “Love Letter to Oakland” roadshow kickoff
Hand-written haikus by Mario
Oaklandish flag painting with Art Murmur
Live Art by Jonathon Holt and Alexander Riddle
Photo booth (with stunning Oakland scenery) hosted by ODALC
Hair feathers by Seven Salon
Spotlight on the 2011 Oakland Innovator Winners
Bike dances by the Bay Area Derailleurs
Poetry and hip-hop performances by Youth Radio, hosted by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Wrestling antics by Hoodslam
Flag poi spinning by Marielle & friends
Sounds fun, huh?
If you want to check out the Oaklandish County Fair and the rest of the Temescal Street Fair, here are the details:
When: Sunday, July 10, 12-6 PM
Where: Telegraph Avenue between 45th and 51st, North Oakland
More info: See the full fair lineup on the event website.
How to get there:
- Valet bike parking by East Bay Bike Coalition
- AC Transit lines 1, 12, 18, 51, 57
- 8 blocks from MacArthur BART
- If you must drive, carpool and plan to park several blocks away