The vibe at the Hessler Street Fair feels like a reunion attended by 10,000 of your closest family members. Except that, in this case, these particular family members (a) don't give you flack about your love life and (b) are actually really cool.
Hessler Street is certainly one of Cleveland most unique urban enclaves and, during its annual two-day festival, draws an eclectic cross section of city dwellers from all over. Many might say it feels a little "Woodstock-ish" (sans the nakedness and hallucinogens, of course) with its aura of tie-dyed, hippie subculture reverberating through the small, one-block stretch. At its core, though, it's a cherished annual event boasting tons of music, art and love- just steps from University Circle.
What You'll See:
- You can't go wrong with a consistently strong round up of local musicians of all stripes - including rock, blues, reggae, jazz, folk and R&B - performing until dusk for two straight days.
- One favorite part of the festival is the live poetry readings from the winners of the fair's annual contest.
- From pottery and glass art to tie-dye and henna body art, it's unlikely you're going home empty handed with the festivals more than 50 on-site vendors.
What Else To Do:
- Let your children loose in the kid cove Harmony Park, a grassy space with structured fun activities and (best of all) shade for weary parents to take a breather.
Tips for Attending:
- According to festival organizers, attendees should bring cash, as not all vendors accept credit cards. Also, dogs are not permitted.