Orange You Glad the Street Fair is Back?

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According to what we’ve been hearing from the community, it seems the answer to that question is a resounding, “YES!” The Orange International Street Fair is making its historic comeback Friday, September 3, 2021 at 5 pm in the Plaza, and it will continue through Sunday, September 5th. Prepare to indulge in delicacies from all over the world, and eat and drink your way through Old Towne Orange. In addition, live performers are scheduled to take the stages to play musical stylings from different nations and cultures. This is one neighborhood event that you won’t want to miss, and we’ve got the scoop on what you can expect.

The Zest is Yet to Come

England Street at the Orange International Street Fair

England Street at the Orange International Street Fair, @orangestreetfair

After a year of travel restrictions, your wanderlust is likely at an all-time high. This year’s Orange International Street Fair offers a cure for your globe-trotting hankerings in a delightful local setting. If you’re a longtime street fair attendee, you can count on many of your favorite food vendors to be there serving everything from Greek loukoumades, roasted corn and spicy swiss sausages, to funnel cakes, Italian meatball sandwiches, and more! Are you hungry yet? With your pick of scrumptious dishes from all over, you’ll find that “Around the World in 80 Days” is for amateurs. 

Music That Gets You Juiced

A weekend full of eating and drinking while live music plays in the background—what more could you ask for? This year, the fair has an amazing lineup of incredible artists spanning a variety of different cultures and genres. You’ll hear music from bands like Running Hot, Greeks LA, The Walnuts, Grupo Bella Music, The Tequila Worms, Los Ingenieros Del Ritmo, Radio Royalty, Big Boy Band, and many more. For the full lineup, visit the Orange Street Fair website

Booths Full of Navelty Gifts

One of the best parts of the street fair is the one-of-a-kind shopping opportunity it provides. Eat, drink, and shop, knowing that your money is directly supporting local no-profits and small businesses, hardworking individuals, and good causes. Among the many arts and crafts booths, you will find vendors selling paintings, wood carvings, handmade jewelry, and other gifts to buy for yourself or the people you love. Think of it as an in-person Etsy, where you can get the jump on holiday shopping!

Squeeze The Day

Drone footage of Orange International Street Fair at night

Drone footage of Orange International Street Fair at night, @orangestreetfair

Looking to make the most of your time at the street fair? We’ve got you covered. Even if you’re a veteran street fair go-er that has a routine dialed down, you’ll want to take a look at our tips on how you can enjoy the fair to its fullest.

  • The fair opens at 5 pm on Friday, but it’s a good idea to get there early to find parking. Most businesses let nonprofits use their lots to raise money, so be sure you bring cash to support a good cause. Expect to pay around $10 for parking. 
  • Avoid crowds by coming between 10 am and noon on Saturday and Sunday.
  • While there is no fee for admission, you must present an ID and purchase a wristband to drink alcohol.
  • Don’t leave the funnel cake for your last stop! The line gets very long at the end of the night. 
  • The information booth is located in the Plaza between Francoli Gourmet and Felix Continental Cafe.
  • No pets are allowed at the fair, only service animals.
  • Most booths are cash only. ATMs are around, but to avoid fees, get cash beforehand.
  • Music and sales of alcoholic beverages end at 9 pm, but you can enjoy food, arts and crafts until 10 pm every night.
  • The fair is not open on Labor Day (Monday, September 6), just Friday through Sunday. 

ApPEELing Facts to Know

Italian Street at the Orange International Street Fair in 1981

Italian Street at the Orange International Street Fair in 1981, @orangestreetfair

Old Towne Orange has a rich history, and the Orange International Street Fair is very much a part of it. The first event was held in 1910 and celebrated the end of summer. After a 63-year break, it resumed again in 1973, and has been held every year since—albeit last year’s event was virtual. Despite what many people think, it is not a city event. It is operated entirely by volunteers without any paid staff. Every bit of profit made from the food and beverages sold at the fair goes to benefit nonprofit organizations—most of which are Orange-based! 

Put on your comfortable shoes, your breezy clothes, and apply some sunscreen because the street fair is just around the corner. Doesn’t it feel great to say that? Start prepping for this exciting weekend with our 2021 Street Fair Pint Glasses. For every glass sold, we donate $3 to the Kiwanis Club of Orange. Order your glass, today!

2021 Street Fair Pint Glass

2021 Street Fair Pint Glass

 

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