Alley Fair Reopens this Saturday
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 16:09
The alleys of downtown Fargo will transform this Saturday as the Alley Fair returns to the city.
This latest festival will be held on the alley behind 300 Broadway all day Saturday, and can be entered between Broadway and Roberts Street on Fourth Avenue North.
The event was last held in June, and featured live art demonstrations, outdoor activities and, of course, plenty of food. This month, the Artists’, Makers’ and Harvest Markets will also all be in attendance.
Some of the art on display has received special attention and accommodation by the city of Fargo. Through a grant provided by the Arts Partnership, there will be a display produced on three of the regular alley dumpsters. Local creators Vanessa Morken, Punchgut and Paul Ide will provide the art. After the exhibit runs its course, the decorated dumpsters will stay in the area for regular use by downtown Fargo businesses.
“The fair encourages visitors and locals to step off of downtown streets and explore the back alleys by transforming the alleyway behind 300 Broadway into a daylong festival focused on local food, art and live music,” the event’s press release, provided by event organizer Simone Wai, reads.
“The organizers of the Alley Fair were inspired by the idea of using a non-traditional venue to create a new type of outdoor event for the community,” the release said. “By pushing the boundaries to create an event in an underutilized space, they hope to provoke visitors’ imaginations for the future of Downtown Fargo.”
As for food during the event, along with regular vendors the Harvest Market will be on hand to provide fresh, fall produce and groceries.
The free and family-friendly portion of the event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. After that, however, the Alley Fair will transition into an 18-and-up event. Guests will be required to pay an $8 cover charge in exchange for frosted beer and live music.
“R&B, Jazz, Funk, Soul and Blues fusion” group Heart & Soul will provide the music in question. The concert will begin at 8 p.m., and tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/1e6R8Ch prior to the show. They can also be purchased at the entrance on the night of the event.
This is likely to be one of the last few public, outdoor events before the snow starts falling, and live entertainment becomes expensive as usual.
For additional information, you can visit any of the following:
Alley Fair: http://www.alleyfair.com
Concert ticket pre-sale: http://alleyfair.eventbrite.com