The 2012 Hawthorne Street Fair takes place Sunday, August 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.
For the fourth year running the fair coincides with the Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways, which intersects with Hawthorne at 34th. Most of the street fair activities take place between 12th and 51st (take a look at the map). Clusters of arts, crafts, and food vendors pepper the side streets, sidewalks, and adjacent parking lots.
The Acoustic Stage is stationed at 42nd and Hawthorne. The Showcase Stage is at 34th, and beer gardens at 50th (at East Portland Eagles Aerie #3256) and 32nd (Bazi) feature stages as well.
Kids activities, including face painting, bubbles, kids music, puppet shows, and more, can be found (or avoided, as the case may be) at 35th.
Heather and I took in both the Sunday Parkways and Hawthorne Street Fair in 2009. The Hawthorne Street Fair does not really compare to Portland’s other renown neighborhood fests – the main drag is not closed to car traffic like it is during the Mississippi, Alberta, Belmont, and Multnomah Village street fairs. But there are beer gardens!
Visit HawthorneStreetFair.com for more details, including the full music schedule and more activities.
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