In town this weekend? One of my personal signs that summer is right around the corner is the U District Street Fair, running May 19-20. This, to me, marks the beginning of Seattle’s summer festival season and this year is the 43rd annual edition, making it the longest running street festival in the country!
Eats are always good here; hot hogs, pizza and regular street fair food share equal billing with ethnic, vegan and more unique choices. Food vendors and craft booths will number close to 350 for 2012. Expect to see glassworks, jewelry, ceramics, art prints, handmade toys and more as you browse the artisans. Combine food and art with street performers and live music on three different stages spread throughout the venue, and this makes it a great, and FREE, event for the entire family. Always crowded, always fun. There is a reason it has lived on for 43 years.
The fair stretches from 41st to 50th along University Way and runs from 10-7 Saturday and 10-6 on Sunday. Parking is either very expensive or non-existent, so take the bus or park in the neighborhoods surrounding the District, and walk in. From downtown Seattle, buses to the U District run frequently from 3rd and Pine.