The streets surrounding the Old Plaza of Orange County will come to life on labor day weekend with this year’s edition of Orange International Street Fair with at least 15 ethnic groups vying for the attention of more than 400,000 visitors expected to join the crowd at the summer event that debuted in 1973 and has not lost its magnetism.
The summer spectacle was borne out of the City of Orange’s search in 1973 for ideas to celebrate its one hundred years of founding. The Old Street Fair of 1910 provided the inspiration for the staging of one of the well attended events in Orange County.The commemorative event was a tremendous success that it has become an annual tradition for the City during Labor Day weekend at the Park Plaza in the old historic town.
The City of Orange , with a population of 136,416 and comprising 15,350 Asians representing 11.3 percent per 2010 U.S. Censu, is located in Orange County and prides itself for the unusual number of homes in the Old Town District that were build prior to 1920. Many of such vintage homes in the region had been demolished in the 1960s but Orange City decided to preserve them.
With this year’s event theme “Sweet on Summer” that will run from Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, the yearly event will mark its 41st year of tradition with the whole show being managed by Orange International Street Fair, Inc., a nonprofit organization of volunteers which work with the City of Orange for support services.
The multiethnic community of the City of Orange is represented within 15 culture-based theme areas that provide participating cultures the opportunity to showcase the richness and breadth of their demographies. In addition, more than 200 vendors will showcase their wares in a diversified setting that will also feature food and alcohol booths by local nonprofit groups.
Local artists will also feature their work and crafts at the community booth section and children’s crafts and games will be made available at the street dedicated to them.
All day long, entertainment and ethnic music will be provided by local bands at eight stages that will be set for the purpose.
A tapestry of county origins provide participants a glimpse of the cultural make-up of the multiethnic City by which the streets have been named: All-Amreican Street, Asian Street, Danish Street, Dutch Street, English Street, German Street, Ginza Street, Irish Street, Italian Street, Mexican Street, Norwegian Street, Polynesian Street, and Swiss Street.
Organizers say that food booths of non profit organizations generate from $8,000 to $20,000 in sales over the weekend. The annual fair contributes about $200,000 to the city “to offset overtime costs for police, firefighters and city crews working in the fair.”
Multicultural Music Festival
The First Congregational Church of Anaheim is hosting Music Fest 2013 in Anaheim on August 17 from 3 pm to 10 pm, at 515 N. State College with the theme “Bringing the Community Together!”
The event features activities for all ages – live music, outdoor concert stage, children’s play area and games, and International Foods and Arts & Crafts Booths. Performers at the outer stage include: Isy Martin Jr., Christian rock singer/songwriter John Michael, The 5 Star Band, Mariachi Group ‘Regional Mi Tierra”, Katella High School Dance Team, Hot Hula, Global Aim, Christian and Southern Gospel singer Bob States, The MacMammals, Black Cat Mojo, King Cyrus, Fire of Praise, Unity Era Target His Throne, and Destiny. The event is free to the public.