Venerable Wyandotte Street Art Fair is a few weeks away

A festive throng of visitors will flock to Wyandotte July 10-13 for the city’s 58th annual Street Art Fair.

Several hundred jury-selected artists and crafters will showcase their wares downtown in six blocks of booths on Biddle Avenue and on many of its side streets, as well. More than 200,000 visitors are expected for the fair. Local merchants will offer special sales, and scores of food vendors, booths and restaurants will tempt visitors with everything from hot dogs to haute cuisine.

Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and a wide range of eclectic entertainment on the riverfront is slated from noon to 11 p.m. each day.

The Wyandotte Street Art Fair is considered one of the top events of its kind in the country, featuring artists from all over the nation and Canada with works in media including fiber, metal, paint, wood, leather, jewelry, photography, sculpture, ceramics, basketry, glass and much more. And celebrated Michigan artist Nora Chapa Mendoza will be a special guest of River’s Edge Gallery on Biddle Ave.

The city offers lots of free public parking downtown, and side streets provide more.  A children’s activity area, beer tents, an emerging artist area, garden art and many other features are part of what makes this fair such a draw to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come each July.

Despite the crowds, if you’re from Wyandotte or a nearby community and walking the fair, you’re sure to see someone you know.

Many nonprofit groups also have booths at the fair for fundraising and to offer information. For instance, the Wyandotte Jaycees will be holding a beautiful baby contest as a fundraiser during the fair, and Bacon Memorial Library, 45 Vinewood Street on the corner of Biddle a few blocks north of the fair, will hold Art on the Lawn at 1 p.m. July 11, offering kids a chance to make squirt gun paintings.

On Chestnut Street, just a few blocks from the fair, the Downriver Council for the Arts holds its own free art fair and block party in conjunction with the city’s main event.

The Wyandotte Street Art Fair began in 1961 with an exhibit by the Acanthus Art Society, and gradually blossomed into the extravaganza it is today. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

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