Hyde Park Street Fair Background
UPDATE 02/01/2021 – 2021 vendor applications are now available by clicking here. Applications are due no later than May 3, 2021.
Important Reminders: Boise Police Department began enforcing public parking in the area around Camel’s Back Park. What this means is your attempt to reserve on-street parking with lawn chairs, trash cans, etc. will be thwarted and they will remove the obstacles and may cite you. Please plan accordingly.
About the Hyde Park Street Fair
The Hyde Park Street Fair in the Boise’s Camel’s Back Park is the annual fund raising and informational effort by the North End Neighborhood Association. It is one of the largest neighborhood events of its kind anywhere.
The Hyde Park Street Fair benefits the North End Neighborhood Association and attracts artisans and vendors from all over the west and as many as 40,000 people over the weekend run. Billed as a “neighborhood picnic”, it rivals citywide events in communities as large as Tacoma and Spokane.
Photo by Jill Giese
Check out 2016 Hyde Park Street Fair Storified by clicking here
PLEASE ride your bikes to the event!!
Parking & FREE Hyde Park Street Fair Shuttle
VERY LIMITED PARKING! Hyde Park Street Fair is a great excuse to flex those riding and walking muscles. Use the bike corral near the tennis courts. Parking around Camel’s Back Park is extremely limited during the fair. Disabled parking is also available (enter at 13th & Heron).
FREE shuttle hosted by the First Baptist Church located at 607 N 13th Street. Free parking at First Baptist Church. Shuttle will run every 15 minutes on Friday 4pm-9pm & Saturday 11am-9pm.
UPDATED Vendor & Entertainment Inquiries (03/17/2020)
A link to the application for vendors who want to participate in the 2021 Hyde Park Street Fair will be posted here when available –> click here
For additional vendor and event information PLEASE click here to visit the North End Neighborhood Association website.
Hyde Park Street Fair Schedule
The 2021 Hyde Park Street Fair is scheduled for September 17 – 19, 2021! The performance schedule isn’t usually posted until early September.
2021 Performance & Activities Schedule links will be here when posted.
Typical times for the Hyde Park Street Fair are:
Fri-4 pm-9:30 pm
Sat-10 am-9:30 pm
Sun-10 am-6 pm
A Little History
The Hyde Park Street Fair was the first event put on by the newly formed Hyde Park Merchant Association founded in 1979. It was a hippie art, crafts and music celebration that you would expect in the 70’s and early 80’s.
Tables and booths were set out in the middle of 13th Street in Hyde Park with power supplied by a tangled web of extension cords. Tie-dyed clothing was the uniform of choice. My recollection tells me 500 or so people attended that first Hyde Park Street Fair.
The event grew and the merchants enlisted the support of the North End Neighborhood Association for help. HPMA and NENA representatives were co-chairs of the event in 1987 and that year included the first mention – in this article =- of an event being held at Camel’s Back Park.
Eventually NENA did take the event over with the blessings of Hyde Park neighbors and our local merchants who had started it. The Hyde Park Street Fair was completely moved to Camels Back Park in 1990 in order to accommodate the increasing attendance and demand for space. Click here for information about Camel’s Back Park.
Over 120 booths featuring local and regional Arts and Crafts, Live Music, Nonprofit Groups, Food, Beer and Wine Garden, and much more! The event takes place in Camel’s Back Park (13th and Heron Streets) in Boise’s Historic Neighborhood – The North End.
Proceeds of this event go the North End Neighborhood Association who supports several new neighborhood projects each year through direct contributions or F.I.N.E. grants. Many other community and neighborhood nonprofit groups and organizations benefit directly from the HPSF!