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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Orange International Street Fair turns 40
Annual Orange International Street Fair this Labor Day
Despite the City of Orange City Council failing to vote this February to increase the size of the city’s landmark event this year, the Orange International Street Fair (Greater Orange’s goodbye to summer international bash) returns this Labor Day Weekend celebrating its 40th year as big as ever!
Since being the centerpiece of the City of Orange centennial celebration in 1972 as a re-creation of a 1910 Orange International Fair, the celebration literally draws the world to the center of Greater Orange as world famous Orange Traffic Circle becomes the center of pedestrian traffic on the numerous international themed food streets.
Over 1200 volunteers have been preparing to make the expected half million visitors feel welcome. More than 80 community organizations dedicated to serving the Greater Orange Communities rely on the Orange International Street Fair as one of their biggest fundraisers of the year.
Sweet on Summer at the Plaza is this year’s theme and like the past 39 years, the fun is all about the food, music, more food, drinks…and don’t forget the FOOD…from around the world. Craftsmen will be selling handmade items around the Plaza and present and past Orange Street Fair commemorative s will be on sale to complete your Orange Street Fair collection.
As always no pets are allowed at the Orange Street Fair and wristbands for public alcohol consumption are required.
The free entertainment includes bands that will perform thought the four block downtown Old Towne Orange Plaza traffic circle center representing music from around the globe on the numerous stages all around the Plaza.
The Children’s Street family oriented activities will again be offered on North Orange Street just off East Chapman Ave. No alcohol is allowed in the Children’s Street area. Children’s Street hours are:
Friday September 2nd: 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday September 3rd: 10 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday September 4th: 10 am – 8:30 pm
Parking and Traveling to the Orange Street Fair
The event draws half a million visitors over its three days. Visitors from out-of- town are encouraged to avoid the parking crunch by taking the Metrolink (at reduced weekend rates-see below) to the historic Orange Santa Fe (Metrolink/Amtrak) Depot conveniently located adjacent to the street fair. OCTA will sell you a $10 weekend Metrolink trains will allow you to ride anywhere in the regional system from 7 p.m. Friday to Sunday midnight. Weekend passes are only sold at the vending machines located at Metrolink stations (no web sales). Those wishing to brave the parking drama may try the Chapman University lots or parking on the surrounding streets. Expect to walk several blocks from where you park just to get to the Traffic Circle area where the Street Fair takes place.
LINK to Metrolink Pass story: WEEKEND PASS
LINK to Orange Old Town Metrolink Station Information:Orange Station
Orange Street Fair Schedule
The Orange Street Fair is in Orange Old Towne at the Orange Plaza the Traffic Circle intersection of Chapman and Glassell Streets in Orange. The fair runs Friday- Sunday (yes Sunday is the last day…Monday Labor Day is clean-up). Entering the street fair as always is free.
Alcohol Sales on the street are over at 9:00 p.m. and a wrist band to purchase and drink at the fair must be purchased each day.
Friday, August 30th 2013
5pm to 10pm
Alcohol Sales: 5pm-9pm
Saturday, August 31st 2013
10am to 10pm
Alcohol Sales: 10am-9pm
September 1st 2013
10am to 10pm
Alcohol Sales: Noon-9pm
Link To Orange Street Fair website: Orange International Street Fair