Busy weekend in Port headlined by Street Fest

Ozaukee Press staff

If you’re hunting for something to do this weekend, look no further than Port Washington, where the Community Street Festival, will take center stage.

“Everything you could possibly want to do is going on this Saturday,” Mayor Ted Neitzke said.

That’s because, in addition to the festival, the city’s last beer garden of the season will be held in Upper Lake Park from noon to 6 p.m., there’s a farmers market on East Main Street, the high school is celebrating homecoming and the city’s fireworks display — postponed from the Fourth of July — will be shot off.

The Street Festival is the centerpiece of the day. Parking will be prohibited on Franklin Street beginning at 8 a.m. so businesses and vendors can set up.

The festival, which features a plethora of family fun, will run from noon to 6 p.m. on Franklin Street from Grand Avenue to Jackson Street.

Twenty-four downtown businesses will move onto the street to sell their wares, as well as dozens of vendors and artisans, and the Port Kiwanis Club will have a food stand on Jackson Street.

Cat 5, which plays covers of new and older rock and pop songs, will perform on the north stage at Jackson Street.

“They were here last year, too, and I’ve never gotten more phone calls about a band,” Kristina Tadeo, executive director of Port Main Street Inc., which sponsors the festival, said. “They were a huge fan favorite.”

On the south stage, local favorites the Shad Lads, will perform, she added.

There will be pumpkin decorating and fall games, as well as vendors, on Pier Street west of Franklin, and a car show hosted by Superficial Details on Pier Street east of Franklin.

On Washington Street, there will be face painting west of Franklin Street and a bounce house east on Franklin. Vendors will also be on the street.

A family photo opportunity will be held in the alley between Sharbuno Jewelers and Port Washington State Bank. A professional photographer will take free photos using either a fall or a holiday backdrop.
“You can take care of your Christmas cards right there,” Tadeo said.

A live radio broadcast by WTKM, FM 104.9, will be done on Main Street east of Franklin, while the farmers market west of Franklin Street will be extended to 4 p.m.

To cap off the day, the city’s Independence Day fireworks will be shot off Coal Dock Park at 7:30 p.m.

Custom Wire Technologies is the festival’s event sponsor.

Tadeo noted that Saturday is expected to be crisp — ideal for a fall festival —adding many of the downtown businesses will have apple cider and warm drinks for people.


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