We’ve lived in our house for a little over three years now, and yet somehow we’ve always missed the big annual festival that happens each year just a block away. But this year, I knew it was coming and I’ve been planning for the three of us to go. And we were not disappointed!
Major roads have been blocked off all weekend, which is where all the vendor tents are. It’s been a little inconvenient… and traffic is horrible. (Definitely a downside to living so close by.) But we were able to walk just up the street to get there. (Hooray for not having to drive or worry about parking!) On the way, I saw a bunch of butterflies on a bush. Perfect opportunity to play with the macro setting on my new camera!
We got to the festival, and it was packed with people. We live on a pretty commercial street, so I tend to forget just how many people live here. The streets were full of all kinds of artists and vendor tents. There was some really cool art, jewelry, clothing, etc. for sale.
There was also a petting zoo, which is where I took the bulk of my pictures. J was not impressed, but D and I had fun. (It’s funny that J seems much more confused by his Daddy’s funny face than that of the weird creature on the other side of the fence that he’s never seen before.)
This also gave us a great opportunity to finally see the city park. We literally didn’t even realize it was there until very recently, and we’ve always been a little hesitant to go since we had no idea what to expect. But it’s adorable! Once the weather gets a little cooler, it’ll be a great place for us to go on walks, and they also have musicians play at the amphitheater from time to time. Could be a fun family outing.
In a couple of years, this kind of thing will be so much fun for all of us! It was very family-friendly, with plenty of stuff to entertain kids of all ages. I can’t wait for J to get to the age where he’s really interested in and able to interact with the world around him.
All in all, we had a great visit. We couldn’t stay too long — J would need to eat again soon, and he also began to get fussy from the heat after a couple of hours. Still, it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, supporting and enjoying our community.