Boise Festivals and Events

Hyde Park Street Fair - I Hope You Like Tie-Dye

"At its best, it's a quirky collection of artists, musicians, vendors, and fried food. At its worst, well, it's a bunch of hippies peddling crappy trinkets or carving wood penises with chainsaws."

The area's hippie population has two major events to call their own, and these events serve as bookends for the summer. The Eagle Island Experience, which occurs in May, is where hippies of all ages toss their shoes for the season and break out the tie-dye t-shirts. And then, after a long hot Boise summer of group jams and summer concerts, September's Hyde Park Street Fair gives them one last chance to play hacky sack, burn incense, and listen to live outdoor music before the cold weather forces them to retreat to their Vanagons and communes for the winter.

Now in its 30-somethingth year, the Hyde Park Street Fair is the North End's signature event, involving most of the Hyde Park area businesses and nearby Camel's Back Park. At its best, it's a quirky collection of artists, musicians, vendors, and fried food. At its worst, well, it's a bunch of hippies peddling crappy trinkets or carving wood penises with chainsaws.

If you didn't get enough fried food at the Western Idaho Fair just a few weeks earlier, you'll find the usual assortment of fair foods in the parking lot at Camel's Back Park. Think elephant ears, funnel cakes, corn dogs, and all the other goodies that are sure to make you feel chubby after eating them. Occasionally you'll find something worthwhile, however, such as an old hippie in a tie-dye peace shirt selling grilled turkey legs. Now that's a treat we can break out some cash for.

If you want to get the most out of the Hyde Park Fair, be sure to take the time to do a little people watching. That's when you might see a bohemian chick working a hula hoop...

...or a small Asian man giving a foot rub to a bearded man listening to headphones...

...or a confused dude trying to make sense of African boob art.

If the people fail to impress you, or if you have kids, you can always climb to the top of Camel's Back or listen to the live music on stage. The playground is also nearby, but be prepared to be overrun by rugrats if you dare tread too close. You can also take a blanket and sit at the base of the hill, which is high enough to give you a good view of all the hippies conducting fair trade and other such tomfoolery. In that case, a good time can be had by all.

Particulars
Event: Hyde Park Street Fair
Where: Hyde Park and Camel's Back Park

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When: Friday, September 13th thru Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Friday: 4pm-9:45pm
Saturday: 10am-9:45pm
Sunday: 10am-6pm
Cost: Free to attend. Prices of hemp-flavored goodies varies.
Website: North End Neighborhood Assoc.
Why I love it: Hippies with hula hoops make me smile for some reason.