Tucked away behind downtown Boise, the North End holds many hidden gems, one of which is the Hyde Park Street Fair. Every September since 1979 this tight knit community has celebrated with the Hyde Park Street Fair to show others in surrounding communities what they have to offer.
Located along the foothills of Camel’s Back Park, this large event offers a wide variety of entertainment from food vendors to handmade décor items to live entertainment all day.
This one of a kind street fair originally started on 13 street to promote the merchants in Hyde Park.
Over the years this “hippie fest” grew too big for the small streets of Hyde Park and was then moved to Camel’s Back Park where it has since added even more vendors and multiple stages for live music.
Bands such as The David Andrews Band, Calico and Matt Harper & the Roman Candles performed on the main stage. There were also a variety of other performers on the smaller community stage.
There were around 115 vendors selling items such as paintings, jewelry, clothing, and handmade crafts, and offering services such as fortune telling and opportunities to get involved with non-profit organizations, event goers were sure to find something which tickled their fancy. Even the children had entertainment with the bounce houses, slides, face painting and lots of sweet treats like cotton candy and homemade ice cream from Goody’s, a local Hyde Park favorite. It was also a dog friendly event.
Along with the merchant vendors there were also 13 food vendors such as Pie Hole, Kanak Attack, Zorba’s Greek Food and many more delicious options. To top it off there were two beer and wine gardens to add a little pizazz to the experience. To work off the massive foot-long corn dogs and all of the funnel cakes being eaten, there’s always the option of running up the extremely large sand hill path to the top of the lookout.
“It is the most relaxed festival that anyone is ever going to go to,” said Carl Scheider, who was this year’s event coordinator. “We are the peace and
This festival gives off the open arms feeling where everyone is invited to become part of this unique community for at least one weekend every September. This event not only is a blast but it also raises money for the North End Neighborhood Association (NENA).
In the past, they have donated $10,000 grants to the Idaho Land Trust to help buy property in Harrison Hollow. They also have helped local schools with grants and provide funding for community projects within the Hyde Park area.
“The Hyde Park Street Fair was such a fun way to get to see the community and what it’s all about; I really enjoyed walking around to all of the different booths of crafts and food I especially enjoyed the strawberry lemonade,” said Kaitlyn Holloway, a new transfer student at Boise State.
The culture infused vibe experienced while walking around this street fair is one of the many unique experiences that can be found here in Boise.
All of the families and friendly vendors welcomed patrons to enjoy and learn a little bit about their small but exciting community of Hyde Park.