May brings nice weather to Portland and nice weather brings street festivals and neighborhood parties. St Johns is kicking off the fest season this Saturday with the St. Johns Parade (48th year!) and the St. Johns Bizarre with music, crafts, beer, and hopefully sunshine.
Annual street festival polishes up popular Day-Before-Mother’s Day market, secures impressive musical line-up for the 4th annual street festival on May 8th
The St. Johns Bizarre Supreme Council is eager to open the 4th edition of its annual street festival on May 8th, from 10AM until 6PM. The event falls on the same day as the historic St. Johns Parade, which celebrates its 48th parade this year. The Bizarre provides both the before-and-after-party to this north Portland tradition.
Over 70 local arts & crafts vendors highlight this year’s market, selling incredible handmade goods. The likes of Jill Bliss, Scrumptious Suds Soap, Dolcetti Jewelry, Little Lark Shirts, and Two Guitars Cards will offer high-quality handmade jewelry, clothing, painted prints, and photography. U.S. Bank in St. Johns has graciously offered up their downtown property for the entire market.
Philadelphia and Leavitt Avenues will be closed at 8AM until 6PM. Lombard Street will be closed between John and Baltimore Avenues starting at 2pm (immediately following the Parade) until 6PM. The Bizarre Main Stage will be located on Lombard Street adjacent to the Plaza.
The Proper Eats CafÃƒÆ’© Stage will be located on Alta Avenue, music beginning at 2pm. The Anna Bannanas CafÃƒÆ’© Stage will be located on Lombard (near Baltimore), beginning at 3pm.
A strong line-up of both revered veterans and young upstarts will grace our three music stages this year. The Bizarre main stage will draw from the creative minds of Bruce Orr from Mudeye Puppets to design and craft the venue, which will double as a float in the St. Johns Parade.
Rounding out the line-up is headliners and no-wave phenoms, Explode Into Colors (From Pipeline: Modern Pinups: Heather Treadway of Explode Into Colors). With only a handful of 7-inches and an EP to their name, it is their sound, mixing the booty-shaking skrownk of Liquid Liquid with the raw intensity of The Slits, and their ferocious and contagiously energetic live show that is bringing all the buzz, earning them the title of “Best New Band 2009″ in Willamette Week.
Don’t be surprised if this line up burns St. Johns to the ground.
With music, must come bier! Local coffeehouse juggernaut, Anna Bannanas, again sponsors “Ye Olde Der Bier Garten“. This year, the Bizarre sports a larger garden and a larger selection of beer to accommodate the fun. Breweries providing libations include Full Sail Ale, Ninkasi and the preeminent St. Johns favorite, Panty Dropper Ale. Local horticulturalists will be lending plant material to bring the “garden” back to the Bier Garten!
Lombard Street will also host many activities throughout the afternoon, such as: martial arts demonstrations by Ecole de Budo Raji (aikido) and One with Heart Tulen Center (karate), bike rides by Montana Transit Authority, a hot rod show near John Avenue, a dodgeball throw-down on the (formerly toxic) St. Johns Brownfield, and a cornhole toss-down and play-off on Lombard Street. Yes, cornhole.
For event details and contact information, visit www.stjohnsbizarre.com.