South Side Food Festival features music, kids' activities and yoga
East Carson Street will be alive with activity on Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12 with the first South Side Food, Art & Sidewalk Festival.
Organized by the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association and the South Side Chamber of Commerce, the festival aims to be a family friendly event with visits from Frozen Princesses Anna and Elsa and face painting and balloon creations for the kids on Saturday.
Event organizer Richard Cupka said there has been too much negative publicity associated with the neighborhood and the aim is to bring a positive annual event to East Carson Street.
Spreading out from 10th to 29th streets, between noon and 6 p.m. both days, South Side businesses will be offering discounts and sidewalk sales, special foods and an art and children's corner.
Mr. Cupka said vendors were limited to South Side businesses to keep it a neighborhood event.
Free fitness classes will take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings before the sidewalk activities begin. On Saturday, July 11 Yoga Digs will be at the 18th and Carson parking lot. BYS Yoga will be at Skybar at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, July 12 with Adrenaline Barre following at 10:30 a.m.
On Saturday, the Children's Corner in front of Delanie's Coffee, 1737 East Carson Street, will feature a "Frozen" visit with Anna and Elsa from 1-2 p.m. There will also be face painting and balloon creations at the corner from noon to 3 p.m.
The main stage at 18th and Carson will feature entertainment from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Kicking off at noon will be DJ Digital Dave. Johnny Grushecky's Milly will follow at 3 p.m.
Magician Lee Terbosic from America's Got Talent will entertain and amaze at 3:45 p.m.
Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers will be headlining at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come down and join in for the filming of Mr. Grushecky singing his East Carson Street song.
Artists and their art will be located throughout the East Carson Street corridor, but many are anticipated to be concentrated in the area between 16th and 19th streets.