Update: Hessler Street Fair to Go on Hiatus After This Year’s 50th Anniversary Celebration


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Update: One of Northeast Ohio’s longest running festivals, the Hessler Street Fair, will go on hiatus after this year’s 50th anniversary celebration.

“That doesn’t mean it will end,” says Hessler Street Fair director Packy Malley in an email. “It has gone on hiatus before. There are several factors involved in this decision. Some of them are the condition of the street, the lack of parking, the skyrocketing costs, the Hessler Neighborhood Association is down to one member, Hessler Road is full of undergraduates now and when school is out no one is on the street.”

Malley stays he’s trying to stay positive about the festival’s future, but at that point, he admits it’s inevitable it’ll have to take a break.

Original Post 3/25/2019: While it's not summer (or even feeling quite like spring) yet, the dates for the annual Hessler Street Fair have been announced for the weekend of June 1. And this year, the free community event is celebrating 50 years in action.

Conceived in 1969 as a block party (and later abandoned amid the not-so-hip 1980s), the Harmony Park's Hessler Street Fair has evolved into one of the biggest and most involved parties the city has to offer.

The eastside celebration is one of the first big events of the season, and gets packed in quickly. Festival music, dancing and shopping goes from 11 a.m. to dusk Saturday and Sunday. Note that finding nearby (free) parking is nearly impossible, so, as always, remember that public transportation is a wonderful option.

Find out more about the event right here. Check out everything we saw at last year's edition right here.

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