Montavillains know how to throw a party.
First, we shut down the street. Because, really, who wants to dodge cars at a party? Not us!
Then we mix in about 100 vendors, a farmers’ market and a kids’ area. Next, after everyone has a cold drink and a couple locally made crafts in their hands, we kick out the jams with local bands performing on two different stages. Finally, we throw open our business doors and prepare to greet about 10,000 visitors.
If that sounds good, then get ready to party down, because our annual Montavillain bash — the Montavilla Street Fair — is happening this weekend, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, July 31.
Hosted by the Montavilla East Tabor Business Association (METBA), the annual Street Fair started in 2011 as a way to showcase a recently renewed Montavilla business district. Those first couple years were — in classic Montavilla fashion — rather mellow and sort of hidden from public view. Participation was spotty and the fair fell by the wayside in 2014. But METBA brought it back last year in grand style — closing SE Stark Street from 76th to 82nd avenues, and marketing the event throughout the region. Organizers hoped for 3,000 visitors. They drew 10,000 instead.
Last year’s fair was a bit of a blur, but we remember having fun. We welcomed so many new customers, danced to the live music, visited the vendors and showed off all of our amazing #madeinportland clothing, jewelry and accessory designers. We even had the next generation of Portland makers set up in front of the shop — middle schooler Ruby, the daughter of one of our best-selling designers, Shannon of Rubygirl Jewelry, sold her own line of magnetic jewelry and charmed everyone who passed by our shop during the 2015 Montavilla Street Fair.
This year’s street fair kicks off at 11 a.m., Sunday, July 31 and features about 100 vendors, a kids’ zone with crafts and activities and five bands — The Old Yellers, Northbound Rain, The Roaring Lions, Low Hanging Fruit, Zigmus and Los Homely Boys. The Sunday Farmers’ Market will be set up for much of the morning/afternoon, businesses will be open and ready to greet new customers and the fun lasts all day, wrapping up around 5 p.m.
Questions? Visit METBA’s site at www.metba.org for more information. We hope to see you next Sunday!