Sundays In My City - Mississippi Street Fair, Portland, OR

It has just been the best weather ever here. Which to me means: less than 85 degrees with a nice breeze, no humidity. And so it was yesterday, when I met up with a couple of lovely ladies:
And about 29998 other people...

View from the north end of the street

View from the south end
There's this neighborhood in North Portland (NoPo) that closes one full street, Mississippi Street, for the day and invites the world to come by and say hi.
The Mississippi Avenue Street Fair is a community-building event that celebrates the neighbors, businesses and organizations that make their home in the Mississippi Avenue neighborhood. The event honors history and tradition while embracing diversity and sustainability. Steeped in tradition and history, Mississippi is a neighborhood and community with a culturally diverse spirit, a sentiment you can feel as you stroll the street. A rich and diverse history expresses itself in an inspiring community of businesses, homes, and neighbors.

It is the most insane neighborhood-planned street fair ever. There are lots of crafts and randomness for sale. I found lots I liked, but limited my purchases to priority items under $10: like fresh popped kettle corn and a small soapstone hippo for my cubicle world.

A lot of local restaurant food was available and we ate at a restaurant that served these wonderful little burgers, like 2/3 the size of a normal burger, but they were a perfect size for lunch and very fresh. Their veggie burger wasn't anything special, but not bad by any means.

The girls tried some deep fried mac-n-cheese balls, which follows the theory that anything good is better when fried. I refrained (I'm guessing they would have ruined my calorie count for the month), but I really wanted one!!

7 billion calories

Happy little Adrienne
 Jimi Hendrix made it to the fair, which was a fun treat.

This guy and his friend were visiting (I cut out his dirty feet from the picture-you're welcome) and hung out to earn some money playing on his sitar (originally from India), something you don't see everyday! It's BIG, but weighs about a pound (he let me hold it). Pretty crazy looking!

This African drum band was there and I nearly invited them to my bbq next week - I LOVE them.

Note that Jay Z also made an appearance...he wore flip flops with jeans. Stylish as ever.

Another funky instrument!

I love how they just lose themselves in the music.

That was my day yesterday - hope you all had an equally wonderful weekend!

Unknown Mami


  1. Brian Miller said...:

    so VERY going to street fairs...would so be into the music and all the crafts...great stuff

  1. otin said...:

    I was just in ole was nothing like that. I spent my time at a casino! LOL

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Great photos! You took several shots similar to some that I tried to take...but yours turned out so much better! What kind of camera are you using? Jay-Z..haha we saw him, too.

  1. Unknown Mami said...:

    Looks like a ton of fun with gorgwous weather and I am very grateful you did not share dirty feet with us.

  1. What fun shots, with Jimi Hendrix to boot. Thanks!

  1. This looks like fun.
    And how good Jimi looks after all these years - hasn't aged a bit!

    Those cute forks - what exactly are they (besides forks)

    You had a better weekend than me!
    We've got the 3 H's here. Hazy, hot and humid and damn near close to 100degrees. Icky sticky!!

  1. Marianne said...:

    I just love a market or street fair. Those deep fried things look amazing!! You were very restrained - well done!!

  1. Denis said...:

    Looks like fun, I can see the big pink in the distance. Is this a weekly or yearly event

  1. TQ said...:

    Awesome, awesome pictures!

  1. JoeinVegas said...:

    There was a big street thing near our house in San Diego. Nothing like that here in Vegas, guess the casinos would rather have the business, or it's too hot.
    Looks like a full crowd and a good time.

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