Today, the second annual 12th Avenue Festival was held in Pike/Pine, and after hanging out in Cal Anderson Park, I walked over to check it out. Here is the release:
Join us for the second 12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival this August! This unique community Festival features your favorite restaurants offering international flavors of the neighborhood for $5 or less. One-of-a-kind shops will have their wares and services available to explore while you enjoy local entertainment on the street. Bring the family and share in the experience of 12th Avenue!
For a two year-old event, the 12th Avenue Festival was well-organized and well-attended. Somewhere around 1,000 people crowded 12th Avenue between Pike and Madison this afternoon, and there were upwards of 25 vendors serving visitors.
Supposedly, all food was priced at $5 and under, but I did manage to find a $12 burger, which seemed to be quite popular with guests. I had already filled up before attending, but I got a couple of ice creams, as well as some free “Pop Chips” and Vitamin Water. Not a bad haul.
While hanging out, I also caught a band under the entertainment tent that I quite liked. They were a four-piece playing overdriven 5th chords, a style which used to be ubiquitous up on The Hill before … well, you know.
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Three times, the power went out on these guys, the final time ending the set, but it was good while it lasted. I asked someone what the name of the band was, and she said “Dos Sun” or something along those lines, but I didn’t have time to hang around and confirm it. I’m sure I’ll catch them somewhere in the neighborhood at some point.
In any event, kudos to 12th Avenue.
I’m looking forward to round 3.