All About Downtown Street Fair At Grove Street

I was not keen on attending the Annual All About Downtown Street Fair, but my wife insisted, and we did. It was a good decision. Wife’s always right?

On September 16, 2017 – between 12 noon and 8 pm – the street fair returned for its seventh year.

Featuring over a hundred vendors, the fair sold all kinds of products: handmade jewelry, exclusive art works, specialty cuisines from more than a dozen top food trucks in the tri-state area; there were band performances, and fun rides for children. It was reported that in the year 2015, this event brought over 30,000 into Downtown Jersey City. Hope it has crossed that number this time.

When we entered the fair around the evening, the crowd was beginning to swell. The day was hot and humid, but the energy was electric.
A mural depicting rough waves, the Statue of Liberty unaffected. Murals and graffiti have come to define Grove Street, bringing the urban city back to life.
Stained glass studio stall – they do stained glass installation, custom fabrication, and restoration. A smiling Bob Marley wants you to know this.
Books, and more books. Do you see Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened
Curious eyes scanning the street of stalls. No running out of options or varieties here…
Except for this, and how rare. A banana pudding sold out stall.
Wife’s always right, and son too is (leaning to his) right.
Orale Mexican kitchen where…
I bought a corn with cheese and mayonnaise.
Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan waited to be picked.
White Birch Candle offered products that are hand poured, 100% soy wax, and dye free; they burn clean (no soot), have 150+ burn time, and always burn even. Ta-da!
Face painting for kids stall, hosted by Jersey City Pediatric Dentistry.
Time to pause and experience some Latino beat.
How about a drink each of Puerto Rican Sangria following the Latino beat.
The men in white sang and entertained – everyone watching them was at least tapping their feet on the ground.
The best part of the fair owned the biggest ad.
At the crack of dusk, the crowd size increased.
Highlight of the evening: Guatemalan street dance with heavy costumes, drums, and ropes.

Any fair we attend, a plate of funnel cake is a must.
One of the rides we did: the three of us sat in a tea cup with a wheel in the middle that we could steer 360 degrees, while the tray carrying all of the cups rotated; whirl within a whirl.
This mural invites your interpretation.
As night approached, this band performed soft melodies.
We ended the fair with a banana boat ice cream – with chocolate, strawberry, pineapple, and walnuts.
This was it.

Pamperย yourself (Daily Prompt).ย Layeredย is the culture (Photo Challenge).

14 thoughts on “All About Downtown Street Fair At Grove Street

  1. You are a great photogapher too Mahesh. The feeling after reading this was similar to the what I felt reading your zoo trip blog. The banana boat ice cream was moth watering ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. What beautiful photo’s, Lots of joy and fun to be seen… As well as lots of good food.. Loved your family photo’s and yes, often our other halves are known to be right lol.. shusssh, though.. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Many thanks for sharing such a joyous day…
    Blessings
    Sue ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. enjoyed the pics – and the comments of course. yup – the little comments made it come to life a bit more.
    and as you alternated from color to b&w – I found I liked the b& w more – not sure why!
    a top pic from this post for me is the mural depicting rough waves = the photo has so many tasty lines and details – and the wave of the tent tops adds to it.
    and the large ad – had a key word eh?
    have you gone to this festival all 7 years?

  4. At the outset, I would like to thank you for nudging me over here Mahesh, I like your blog. This pictorial post exudes fun and information, so thoughtful of you to share the little joys that add so much meaning to life. Seems like it was a wonderful fair! Thanks to your lovely wife…yes! they are always RIGHT! ๐Ÿ™‚

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