Hyde Park Street Fair 2011 

Friday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 17

Boise's North End is known for attracting hippies and nonconformists, but the Hyde Park Street Fair draws a diverse crowd. For more than 30 years, folks from every part of the Treasure Valley have come to Camel's Back Park to experience that famous North End relaxed spirit.

The moment you arrive at the park, you'll be surrounded with the tempting aroma of fried foods. Stock up on grub, relax on the cool grass and chow down. Or wander the paths between the vendor booths, where hundreds of Northwest artists display and sell their creations. The street fair is a great place to find something unique: beautiful silver and hemp jewelry, countless crafts, bizarre bug key chains and some of the quirkiest hats and accessories.

Take a hike to the top of Camel's Back to look down on the street fair, and you'll see a mass of color. You'll also get an aerial view of the live music, which includes acts like Voice of Reason, Thomas Paul, Steve Fulton Music, Phantasmagoria, and Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia.

Like wine--and there's plenty of that at the street fair's wine garden--the Hyde Park Street Fair improves with age. It's a great place to take friends and family to get away for the weekend without driving far. And, best of all, in a world of $10 movie tickets, it's free.

All proceeds benefit the North End Neighborhood Association, North End community neighborhood groups and other local nonprofit organizations.

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