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WAKE FOREST — The 39th Annual Meet in the Street festival returns to downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, May 4. Presented by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Atlantic Tire & Service, Meet in the Street annually draws well over 30,000 people to downtown Wake Forest to enjoy many of the best artists and craftsmen in our area.
This year’s festival is scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will again include portions of South Taylor Street, South Brooks Street, and South White Street.
Visitors to Meet in the Street are invited to browse over 200 arts and crafts vendors, indulge in their favorite festival foods from more than 20 food vendors and food trucks, and enjoy a variety of live entertainment.
Live music will be performed on the Main Stage in the Wake Forest Chamber’s parking lot and will showcase the best in regional talent. Performers include students from the School of Rock Wake Forest; The Tyson Brothers; The Will McBride Group; and Shine.
This year is the Young Entrepreneur’s Fair. Located in Centennial Plaza in front of town hall, the fair will feature more than 35 vendors from the ages of 9 to 14. Each young person will be selling handmade items they have created. In addition, the popular Children’s Village and will be back on Taylor Street. The Bicycle Safety Fair and a special BMX Stunt Show will be on Brooks Street. A designated food court will also be located on Brooks Street for visitors to enjoy local cuisine.
A welcome feature again this year will be the free shuttle service. In conjunction with Sam’s Club and Banks Kerr Family YMCA, visitors will be able to hop on one of two YMCA buses at the Wake Forest Sam’s Club, 11460 Royall Cotton Road, for the short trip into downtown. The free shuttle will drop off visitors on Taylor Street at the Bus Stop. The shuttle will run continuously beginning at 9:30 a.m. The final shuttle will depart from downtown at 4:00 p.m.
In order to accommodate Meet in the Street, the town of Wake Forest will close the following streets and parking lots on May 4 from 4 a.m. to approximately 8 p.m.:
• South Taylor Street, from East Jones Avenue to Elm Avenue
• South Brooks Street, from East Jones Avenue to Elm Avenue
• South White Street, from East Jones Avenue to Elm Avenue
• Town hall’s Brooks Street parking lot; the lot will be the site of the Bicycle Safety Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., however, it will remain closed throughout the day.
• All other municipal parking lots in the vicinity of town hall, including public and staff parking lots
Free parking will be available in signed spaces along several downtown streets and parking lots. Handicap parking will be provided in the former SunTrust Bank lot on South White Street. White St. A complete listing of free parking options is provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/MITS-parking.aspx.
Meet in the Street is free and open to the public. For more information, including the complete entertainment schedule, parking information, an interactive map, and concession offerings, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Meet in the Street.”