For one day over the past 12 summers, North Mississippi Avenue becomes the epicenter of Portland. Roads are blocked off, biergartens are built and artists lay out their wares under vinyl tents - all in the name of Street Fair-dom lore. It's the f'ing Mississippi Street Fair.
If you're unfamiliar with this neck of the woods, Mississippi Avenue is the hipster mecca in a city overly fond of cut-off skinny jeans, unicorns and canning local goods. Think of it as what Devils Tower was to Richard Dreyfuss' character in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The pull is too hard to resist.
Billed as Portland's largest street fair, it draws more than 200 vendors, 40 bands and a wagon train of food carts all for one glorious July day. The best part? Proceeds go back into the neighborhood and help fund Boise-Eliot Elementary, the Boise Business Youth Unity Project, and Self Enhancement, Inc.
If you didn't make the fair this year, sit back and relive the fair revival in sweet, sweet photos...
Photos by Jedidiah Fugle.