I won’t lie, Fun on Foster has yet to enthrall me. At least not in the last few years. Yes, it is a distinctly Foster way of approaching street fairs — a long stretch of mix and match vendors, spots of fun energy paired with gaps of barren concrete, and a gathering that leaves you hoping for more in the future — and I probably wouldn’t want it any other way, but let’s just say this: 10 am to 5 pm has typically felt like an eternity when attending in years past.
I must say, though, each successive year has brought more people, more (and better) vendors, and more energy. And for once, I can say the idea of Fun on Foster is actually exciting for me.
Now, I don’t want to speak for anyone else — perhaps you all have enjoyed the yearly event. On some level, I have, too. But this year, I’m truly enthused about the energy and increased planning and promotion going into the event. With more live music, more participating businesses, and increased local advocacy in the neighborhood, I can’t help but to think Fun on Foster will be, well, fun this year.
So without further ado, I urge you all to attend. We’re not asking you to commit to 7 hours of traversing Foster, as that can be a tad much. But if you must, there are certainly plenty of activities, sites, performances, and sales that will keep you busy and entertained. To name a few, here’s some of what you can look forward to:
- vendors in Laurelwood Park, and between SE 60th and 64th
- Oktoberfest celebration with music and beer at Carts on Foster
- Salt and Straw ice cream in front of N.W.I.P.A.
- wood carving demonstration in front of Eco Chic Boutique
- open house at the Wikman-Arleta building
- free coffee at Dutch Bros
- live music between Meticon Bikes and Torta-landia on 60th
- doggie nail trimming and sidewalk sale in front of Kidopolis and Pupdo’s
- cruise-in car show between SE 92nd and 93rd
- and for the unofficial post-game entertainment: Soul Dance Party at the Eagle Eye
This will be a great way to support your neighborhood — the businesses, your neighbors, the community organizations, and the efforts by those trying to promote the Foster area. Even if just for an hour, check out the festivities and show off your Foster pride. For more information, check out the Fun on Foster facebook page, as well as the wordpress site.