Festival Returns, with Fun for the Whole Family
The Potrero Hill Festival returns to 20th Street this month, its 24th time on the Hill. In recent years, the festival has joined the roster of great San Francisco street fairs, drawing locals and non-Hillites alike to enjoy music on two stages, a vibrant kid’s zone and food from local eateries. The festival has maintained its community vibe over the years, even as it’s increased its citywide profile.
The day’s activities serve as a fund-raiser for the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House’s programs. Hill resident Stephanie Alston produced this year’s event, which is co-produced by Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association.
As usual, the October 19 shingding kicks off with a traditional jazz brunch at the Neighborhood House. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts students will prepare a lavish and delicious brunch, featuring jazz grooves, superb Bay views, and tasty grub — including Potrero pancakes — available from 9 a.m. to noon.
The festival starts at 11 a.m. on 20th Street between Missouri and Wisconsin. Local artists, merchants and restaurants will be featured. It’s an opportunity for the whole family to have fun, with a petting zoo, pony rides, jumpy house, face painting and music on two stages. The main stage will rock with local favorites, the Soul Delights. Closing the afternoon will be the San Francisco Rock Project; teenage and pre-teen phenoms who wowed the audience at last year’s festival. The second stage will feature teen entertainment, with music, dancing, and a talent contest. The Fei Tian Traditional Chinese Dance Troupe, with their colorful outfits and graceful dances, will once again perform.
There are a few booths still available. More details can be found at potrerofestival.com. Admission is free.
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