StreetFest, the popular mid-August gathering, is on this Thursday, August 18 in Humboldt’s downtown, and there’s plenty for patrons to be excited about. Between the on-site entertainment, fun for the kids, the fundraising barbecues and food vendors, and the retail bargains in Humboldt’s downtown, there’s something for everyone. Brent Fitzpatrick, Director of the Humboldt Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) spells out all the excitement.

“It’s going to be an amazing day for the city of Humboldt. There’s two really strong events taking place that Thursday. You’ve got the Burgers for MS running at A&W. There’s a car show, there’s activities for kids, there’s music. It’s a great opportunity to get out there and support a great cause. Colleen and the staff always do a great job over there.”

Back downtown, events get underway at 11 am when the event officially opens. Last year saw the return of the festival after a two year absence, and visitors responded well. This year promises to be bigger with the range of appeal, says Fitzpatrick. 

“We’re closing off 6th Avenue between Scotiabank and the Gathering Place. We've got two bouncy castles in there for the kids. The SPCA is running the barbecue for the noon hour, and we said, if the barbecue is already there, why don’t we have another barbecue.”

The supper barbecue, which runs from 5:00 - 6:30 pm is hosted by the First Westminster Scout Troop. The noon hour barbecue runs from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Proceeds from those meals go to the respective organizations. 

There’s a wide range of musical talent on stage for StreetFest this year. Lady Friday, the duo of Jodie Hergott and Katie Nichol, will perform over the noon hour. Recently arrived vocal phenom Yana Yudina-Jeewon takes the stage from 3:00 - 4:00 pm, and the ever-popular pairing of Brian Grest and Walter Bushman returns to their downtown concert haunt. All performances are free. 

Fitzpatrick says about a dozen vendors will be joining StreetFest this year from Humboldt and nearby communities. Again, the variety will provide something that appeals to all tastes. 

Among them is Cat’s Creamery from Watson with artisan ice cream and other sweet delicacies. Rick’s Place, known for Indian cuisine will be on hand, along with Mexican and More with authentic dishes, salsas and deserts crafted with a Mexican flair. Modern Meats will have their delectable snacks, and the always popular summer sausage, crafted by the Bergermanns, will be available. Jirafa Eatery and Store has a lineup of Asian specialties, while Golden Eden greenhouse holds the promise of fresh tomatoes and even toasted tomato sandwiches, a perennial fall treat. 

“It sounds like it will be a glorious day, and it’s a great place to come out, take in the music, have a bite to eat, and when you’re ready to take a break, head down to A&W and take in the Burgers for MS and the car show and entertainment.”

It’s set to be a busy Thursday in Humboldt with plenty of excitement, entertainment, and of course, wonderful food.