The annual Waterbury Arts Fest, the main fundraiser for Revitalizing Waterbury, takes to the streets this weekend for a two-day street fair with work on display and for sale by nearly 100 artists and craftspeople, plus live entertainment, local food trucks, a beer garden and more.
Here’s this year’s lineup and details.
Friday, July 12
• 5:30 to 10 p.m. Block party with live music, beer garden and food trucks. All ages; dancing encouraged.
• 6 to 7:30 p.m. Red Hot Juba plays (juke-joint country, blues and swing).
• 8 p.m. Purple: A Tribute to Prince. Six-piece band led by Craig Mitchell includes members of the Seth Yacovone Band, Renegade Groove and the High Breaks.
• 8:45 p.m. Set break and raffle drawing.
• 9:30 p.m. Last call.
• 10 p.m. Gates close.
Saturday, July 13
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Booths open — artists, artisans, craftspeople and vendors. Beer garden and food for purchase.
• 10:20 a.m. Cooie Sings, solo singer/songwriter.
• 11:30 a.m. Hot Box Honey, vocalist Jane Evans and guitarist Gregory Evans; Latin, funk, reggae, pop, soul hits.
• 12:40 p.m. The Medicine Tribe, rock, funk, blues, bluegrass.
• 1:50 p.m. Lyon’s Disciple, reggae rock.
• 3 p.m. Green Mountain Performing Arts: Heather Morris and Celtic dancers.
Entry to the street fair is free for all ages. The beer garden is cash only, and valid ID must be presented to get a wristband.
Event organizers ask that visitors leave dogs at home.
Bring your own water bottle for a free fill-up; compost stations are provided to keep waste down.
Stowe Street will be closed to vehicles Friday, July 13, by 9 a.m., from the intersection with Main Street to the other side of the bridge. Bidwell Lane will be closed with limited access for parking.
At midnight on Friday, all of Bidwell Lane, including the parking lot at the top, the lots behind Blue Stone/Stowe Street Emporium, the lot by Sunja’s and the lot at the bottom of the lane will be closed to through traffic and parking.
Cars still within the event perimeter as of 6 a.m. on Saturday will be towed to a nearby lot.
The streets will open to traffic around 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Parking is available in two public lots in the village, at the upper and lower Thatcher Brook Primary School parking lots, and on other streets downtown; look for yellow signs.
More information: waterburyartsfest.com.