First started in 1971, to celebrate the town’s 300th anniversary, the Tisbury Street Fair takes place every July 8th, drawing a crowd of thousands to down town Tisbury. For one night a year, Main Street is blocked off to vehicle traffic, letting fair goers stroll through town and enjoy the many booths set up by local businesses and charities. The Street fair is definitely a family friendly event, with plenty of kids’ activities, including a climbing wall, a dunking booth and face painting. Some folks come for the live music, some come for the shopping, but for the Hungry Native team, the real highlight is the food. The Fair organizers make sure there is a wide variety of eats available, with something to please everybody.
Last year, the folks at the Atlantic Connection were serving up delicious looking shrimp and scallop skewers.
Nothing says summer on Martha’s Vineyard like fresh seafood on the grill.
The lobster roll booth is a popular spot, with many folks claiming that it’s simply not a proper summer unless you sample a roll at the Street Fair.
At $13, and including chips, it’s also a bargain by Vineyard standards.
Every fair needs some kind of deep-fried treat; the Street Fair sports a booth selling golden brown fried dough.
Made right on the spot and sprinkled with sugar when done, it fills the air with a sweet aroma, adding to the festive mood.
Always a big hit with the kids (and some adults), Vineyard Haven’s First Baptist Church dishes out the cotton candy.
Vineyard Haven’s French restaurant, Le Grenier, is a long time staple at the fair, offering up quiche, and a light and tasty ceasar salad.
After a hot July evening of shopping, walking and taking in the sights, you’ll probably find yourself in need of refreshment.
One of our favorites is a booth that provides lemon and limeade, using freshly squeezed fruit.
Sweet E’s has quickly become known on the Vineyard for their large selection of cupcakes, including blueberry pie.
The fair starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 9:30 p.m. It pays to arrive early, as town fills up quickly, and parking is at a premium. If you want to avoid the hassle, there is free parking available at the Vineyard Haven Park n’ Ride lot, along with complimentary shuttle service to and from the festivities.
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