Be in the Know: University Street Fair

Celebrate the season of festivals this spring in the U-District.

The nation’s longest-running street festival kicks off this month right in our own backyard. This year, more than 50,000 people will attend the 43rd annual University District StreetFair to celebrate the beginning of the festival season in the Seattle area.

With more than 350 craft, food, and information booths, this self-described “country fair meets urban retail corridor” is the perfect place to enjoy arts and crafts, community, music and food.

Three main stages will feature entertainment such as music, dance performance and comedy. There will also be a special children’s area with age-appropriate events and street performers. Genres as diverse as Andes music, African Marimba, blue grass, and rock violin will be playing all day, so you can’t go wrong when deciding whether you’d like to kick back and relax, or join in the dancing. You can find a list of the entertainment schedule online.

Some of the special features of this year’s festival include Troy Carter and the staff at Sanctuary Art Center, who designed the poster and designed and printed the T-shirts. In addition, 4Kids provides entertainment for the youngsters all weekend, including the Children’s Area at NE 50th Street and University Way NE.

Who: The StreetFair invites all ages to enjoy exciting performances, an array of international food, and some of the best arts and crafts vendors cultivated right here in our own city. With something for everyone, this event will not disappoint.

When: Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Vendors are located on University Way NE between NE Campus Parkway and NE 50th Street, with food courts along NE 42nd Street, NE 43rd Street, and NE 47th Street. Check out the map of all the vendors online.

How much: The street festival is free, and you can view the list of sponsors on its website.