Hillcrest to Host CityFest 2016

The street fair returns to the heart of Hillcrest Aug. 14, from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Running strong for more than three decades, Hillcrest will once again host its CityFest, an annual, lively street fair held under the community’s namesake sign.

The free, 32nd annual CityFest will flood the streets surrounding the Hillcrest sign on 5th and University avenues from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

The celebration – which typically attracts more than 150,000 attendees each year – will feature live music, plus arts, crafts and food vendors spanning more than six blocks.

As always, organizers say hundreds of artisans and crafters from across the country will partake in the party, selling their unique, handmade goods.

There will also be an international food court and, for the 21 and up crowd, a beer garden. Meanwhile, family-friendly attractions include a kid’s zone with carnival rides and games. Four areas dubbed “Artist Alleys” will showcase work from up-and-coming local artists, too.

Live music – presented by Hillcrest venue, The Merrow – will fill the air throughout the day, including performances from The Tighten Ups, Paper Days and The Bad Vibes, to name a few acts.

After the sun goes down, DJ’s will take the spotlight on a stage beneath the famous Hillcrest sign, spinning tunes for the second part of the shindig, known as CityFest Night, which often turns into one big, outdoor dance party.

CityFest began in the summer of 1984 when Hillcrest residents gathered on 5th and University avenues to celebrate the re-lighting of the Hillcrest sign in what later became known as the first-ever CityFest.

Today, proceeds from the annual summertime street fair go towards the upkeep of the Hillcrest sign and other beautification projects in Hillcrest.

For more details and updates on CityFest, including a map, visit the event website or Facebook page.

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