Potrero Hill Festival Returns

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On October 17th the 26th annual Potrero Hill Festival returns to 20th Street, offering a day of fun, food, music, and crafts, plus a dazzling display of aerial arts.  This year’s event features new kids rides, a line-up of local musicians, and a human scale kaleidoscope art installation, sprawling over a four blocks between Wisconsin and Missouri streets. 

Hill resident Joshua Klipp and his Klipptones will kick-off the Festival on the main stage at 11 a.m.   This year’s headliner is international blues singer Tia Carroll. Eclectic Latin/jazz/Reggae band Manicato will close the main stage. 

New to the Festival this year are kid’s rides – think tea cups – and roller disco.  Mission Ponies is returning with its funky, dressed-up mechanical creatures.  Art Provocateurs: Discover Your Wings will showcase strength and whimsy.  The StreetHeart Women’s Art Collective will offer Kaleidosoul, a giant interactive art piece created with thrifted metal objects, which individuals can walk through.  The Teen Stage will distribute prizes through a talent contest.  Food trucks from Off the Grid, as well as local merchants on the street, will offer food for sale.   The Good Life Grocery will have its annual farmer’s market, with fresh, cold coconuts for sale    The Golden State Warriors are returning with giveaways, bringing their National Basketball Association Championship trophy for all to see. More than 80 arts and crafts vendors have registered to participate in the event. 

The Potrero Hill Festival raises money to support the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, which offers a Senior Nutrition Program, Good Faith Employment programs and Experiment in Diversity, among other initiatives, as well as meeting spaces for community activities. 

Admission to the Festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free.  For more information about sponsorship or renting a booth, contact Stephanie Alston, potrerofestival@gmail.com.