We spent a lot of time in Eastown the first 15 years we lived in Michigan. They are a neighborhood in Grand Rapids and their yearly Eastown Streetfair has it all; art, street art, performance art, canvassers, food booths, craft booths, live bands and lots of friends and families who play and dance down front when the bands are onstage:
This family with their matching urban mullets and personalized shoes are the essence of Eastown.
There were dogs, lots of dogs:
There were street performers and musicians:
There were established bands and beginning bands. There is a School for Rock in GR and this young bassist is a student. She and her band played some awesome original punk songs. She looks a rather dreamy punk bassist and the crowd was very supportive of her group.
I have to show you some of the goods that were available amongst all the food vendors and artisans:
I LOVED that Kenny meets Anonymous action figurine but I spent my money on an improvised comedy sketch troupe. You put money in the jar and they would do an improvised scene for you. After talking with them a bit they invited me to come join their troupe on Wednesday nights. Sail Race season ends the first Wednesday in October so my Wednesdays will be free.
Michigan is a wonderland of fairs and festivals from the bigger ones like the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven to smaller ones like the Asparagus Festival in Hart, but the Eastown Streetfair with its mix of artisans, families, hipsters, social activists and urban grunge has always been a favorite.