8th Season of Hester Street Fair is Underway

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 at 9:43 am by

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The eighth outing of the Hester Street Fair is now underway. Opening weekend was last week, which is a whole month earlier than the fair’s normally started in years prior. With this new season brings a new mission statement for the enterprise – “empowering pursuits of passion” – in hopes of promoting the exhibition to “emerging creative entrepreneurs” and neighborhood inhabitants who are looking to “shop local,” relatively speaking.

Here’s a bit of what you can expect from some the themes throughout the season. The Fair certainly is getting away from that grassroots flavor forged in the first few years.

Casual Art Fair and Luaka Bop’s Alice Coltrane album release (May 7), happening alongside Cultural Traffic, an independent zine fair from London.  Favorites like Wellness Weekend (April 29 + 30) and Girl Power (June 10+11) have expanded to two day events while more friendly competitions have emerged; in addition to Ice Cream Social (July 15), there is a Casual Furniture Fair (May 21), Oktoberfest Homebrew (September 30) and a Coffee Cold Brew Throwdown (June 24). Look out for an upcoming  Dog Day (May 6) and Vintage Day in collaboration with Housing Works (May 13) and Balls Bistro, a ball shaped food festival (May 20) followed by Beer and Lobster (May 27).

Hester Street Fair will continue to curate the food offering for Bryant Park this year including HBO Monday Night Movies presented by Bank of America (June 26 to August 21)  and twenty Friday night picnics starting May 12th.

Most recently, Hester Street Fair has been hosting artists and entrepreneurs in their Project Space on Henry and Rutgers, including a pop up shop by EVERYBODY, Protest T-Shirt Show (45 artists created designs with the proceeds going to the ACLU), ThreeAsFour Moving on Up Sale, Martine Langatta From Midnight to Midnight show, Joseph: the Dream Coat by designer Min Jun Park, and much more.

The Hester Street Fair runs from now through October, with Saturday markets from 11AM-6PM, and special events on select Sundays. It’s located at the intersection of Essex Street and Hester Street. Full fair info (events, vendors, etc.) can be found on their website.

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