North Beach Festival happened last week during one of the warmest weekends of the year. Great music, good food, friendly crowd, and great view.
This is one of my favorite street fairs in one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city.
We didn't have anything planned on that day so we decided to spend a couple of hours checking out the North Beach Street fair and have a bite to eat there since we haven't had lunch. The sun was out that day. No fog for a summer day. If you didn't know, the fog rolls into San Francisco during summer months. But not that weekend.
60's music was being played by the band. I guess it is because the city is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love. There were a lot of people in the crowd wearing tie dyed t-shirts and wearing flowers on their hair.
One of the things I like about this street fair is that it is picturesque. It has a great view of the Financial District - the Transamerica Pyramid, the 555 California and the Salesforce Tower is peeking out. Another thing I like about this street fair is how integrated the cafes, restaurants and shops with the street fair.
More food, booth and knick knacks. One thing I noticed is that the fair is now lacking some Italian twist. It is looking more like any other street fair. I hope the organizers do something about this.
I was looking for the street painting competition which they had in the previous fair many moons ago. These are the only paintings I saw. They were good though. I made a mental note that the next time I am in the market for a local wall art, I should hit the street fairs.
No Baloney was giving away samples of their salami. They were good.
We grabbed something to eat. Garlic fries and corn on a cob for lunch.
Caffe Trieste is a coffee shop Mijo and I used to go to. I am glad that they are still around all these years.
Lots of booths.
More beer gardens and music stage.
HEre's another favorite that has been around for years - The Language of Birds art installation.
Until the next time, North Beach Festival.