The 47th annual 2019 Orange Street Fair is this Labor Day weekend, Friday, August 30th to Sunday, September 1st, 2019. Find out who’s performing, what’s to eat and tips for getting around the fair. The Orange Circle Street Fair includes live music, food from all over the world, a Children’s Street, arts and crafts booths, and much more. The theme of this year’s street fair is Circle The World. Each street leading out of the Old Towne Plaza features a selection of international food and drinks, including French, German, Irish, English, Polynesian, American, Greek, Japanese, Swiss, Italian, Lebanese, Australian and Mexican areas. The street fair allows variety of clubs and organizations to earn money through the sales from each booth.
Orange Street Fair Festivities
There are 9 stages of entertainment including a main stage throughout the street fair. Music ranges from original artists to cover bands to ethnic music. Basically, something for everybody plus opening ceremonies.
Main Stage Orange Street Fair Bands
Friday, August 30, 2019: Minor (5 pm – 5:45 pm), Opening Ceremonies (6:15 pm – 7 pm), Wild Adults (8 pm – 9pm)
Saturday, August 31, 2019: Rytmo Mararchi Kids (10 am -11am), Skynard Reloaded (12 pm – 1 pm), Wimberly Blue Grass (2 pm – 3 pm), Small Time (4 pm – 5 pm), Fenians (6 pm – 7 pm), Power Surge (8 pm – 9 pm)
Sunday, September 1, 2019: Merry Wives of Sunday (10 am – 11 am), Johnny and Jaalene (12 pm – 1 pm), Alter Billes (2 pm – 3 pm), Dub 8 (4 pm – 5 pm), Half Past Two (6 pm – 7 pm), Harris Sweet Water (8 pm – 9 pm)
All-American Stage Bands
Friday, August 30, 2019: Blue Ju Ju (5 pm – 6 pm), 200 West (7 pm – 8 pm)
Saturday, August 31. 2019: Sweet Water Creek Band (10 am – 11 am), Chicos Bail Bond (12 pm – 1 pm), Lacei (2 pm – 3 pm), void 808 (4 pm – 5 pm), Frenzy (6 pm – 7 pm), Mango (8 pm – 9 pm)
Sunday, September 1, 2019: Big Boy Band (11 am – 12 pm), Bad Moon Rising (1 pm – 2 pm), Neil Bradly Band (3 pm – 4 pm), Coyotes Del Bario (5 pm – 6 pm), Solution Band (7 pm – 8 pm)
Childrens Street Stage Bands
Friday, August 30, 2019: Green Tomorrow (5 pm – 6 pm; 7 pm – 8 pm)
Saturday, August 31, 2019: TBD (11 am – 12 pm), Pacific Conservatory (1 pm – 2 pm), Ballet Folklorico (3 pm – 4 pm), Unknown Fate (5 pm – 6 pm), 94 Logic (7 pm – 8 pm)
Sunday, September 1, 2019: TBD (12 pm – 1 pm), Grupo Folklórico (2 pm – 3 pm), Park Avenue (4 pm – 5 pm), Bad Weather (6 pm – 7 pm)
Mexican Street Stage Bands
Friday, August 30, 2019: Latin Lowdown (5:15 pm – 6 pm; 7:15 pm – 8 pm)
Saturday, August 31, 2019: The Balance Band (4 pm – 5 pm & 6 pm – 7 pm & 8 pm – 9 pm)
Sunday, September 1, 2019: The Balance Band (3 pm – 4 pm & 5 pm – 6 pm & 7 pm – 8 pm)
Polynesian Street Stage Bands
Friday, August 30, 2019: TBD (5:15 pm – 6 pm), TBD (7:15 pm – 8 pm)
Saturday, August 31, 2019: TBD (10 am – 11 am), TBD (12 pm – 1 pm), TBD (2 pm – 3 pm), TBD (4 pm – 5 pm), TBD (6 pm – 7 pm), TBD (8 pm – 9 pm)
Sunday, September 1, 2019: TBD (1 pm – 2 pm), TBD (3 pm – 4 pm), TBD (5 pm – 6 pm), TBD (7 pm – 8 pm)
German Street Stage Bands
Friday, August 30, 2019: The Express Band (6:30 pm – 7:15 pm; 8:15 pm – 9 pm)
Saturday, August 31, 2019: The ExpressBand (11 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 2 pm; 3 pm – 4 pm; 5 pm – 6 pm; 7 pm – 8 pm)
Sunday, September 1, 2019: The ExpressBand (12 pm – 1 pm; 2 pm – 3 pm; 4 pm – 5 pm; 6 pm – 7 pm; 8 pm – 9 pm)
Greek Street Stage Bands
Friday, August 30, 2019: Greeks LA (5:15 pm – 6 pm; 7:15 pm – 8 pm)
Saturday, August 31, 2019: Greeks LA (10 am – 11 am; 12 pm – 1 pm; 2 pm – 3 pm; 4 pm – 5 pm; 6 pm – 7 pm; 8 pm – 9 pm)
Sunday, September 1, 2019: Greeks LA (1 pm – 2 pm; 3 pm – 4 pm; 5 pm – 6 pm)
Irish Street Stage Bands
Friday, August 30, 2019: The American Wake (6:30 pm – 7:15 pm; 8:15 pm – 9 pm)
Saturday, August 31, 2019: Sligo Rags (11 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 2 pm), The American Wake (3 pm – 4 pm; 5 pm – 6 pm; 7 pm – 8 pm)
Sunday, September 1, 2019: Sligo Rags (12 pm – 1 pm; 2 pm – 3 pm) , The American Wake (4 pm – 5 pm; 6 pm – 7 pm; 8 pm – 9 pm)
TBD Street Stage Bands
Friday, August 30, 2019: TBD
Saturday, August 31, 2019: TBD
Sunday, September 1, 2019: TBD
Festival food will feature 15 ethnicities encompassing food from around the world and all booths are managed by local non-profit organizations.
The 15 food ethnicities are from America, Asia, Australia, Denmark, France, England, Germany, Ginza, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Polynesia and Switzerland.
All American Street Food: (Frozen Cheesecake & Bananas, Margaritas and Wine, Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, Alcohol, Funnel Cakes, Corn Dogs, Mini Donuts, Tater Tots, Roasted Corn, Cookies, Ice Cream Sandwiches)
Asian Street Food: (BBQ Skewers, Rice, Orange Chicken Egg Rolls, Alcohol)
Australian Street Food: (Alcohol, Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches)
Danish Street Food: (Danish Pastry, Alcohol, Sausage Sandwich, Danish Doughnuts)
France Street Food: (Beignets, Beer)
English Street Food: (Pineapple Smoothies, Fish & Chips, Pretzels)
German Street Food: (Alcohol, Bratwurst)
Ginza Street Food: (Alcohol, Beef Sticks and Rice)
Greek Street Food: (Solvlakia, Gyros, Loukomathtes, Calamari)
Irish Street Food: (Alcohol, Irish Banger Sausages, Breakfast Burritos)
Italian Street Food: (Sausage & Meatball Sandwiches, Pizza, Alcohol)
Mexican Street Food: (Tacos, Quesadillas, Burritos, Tamales, Nachos, Churros, Horchata, Alcohol)
Polynesian Street Food: (Kalua Pork Sliders, Frozen Fruit Bars, Alcohol )
Swiss Street Food: (Bratwurst, Alcohol)
Arts & Crafts Booths
Handmade arts and crafts section featuring local artists and their crafts. There are over 5o arts & craft booths and only handmade items of the highest quality are allowed with no mass produced items sold. Items for sale include art (of course), fashion accessories, jewellery, handicrafts, clothes, home decor items and much more.
Booths: Affinity Jewelry Designs, Africa by Design, Anke’s Specialties, Back to Basis, , Barrel Werks, Bird Man of Orange, Betsy Holt Jeweler, Black Thorn Leather, Bling it Hat designs, Charcoals by Saderup, Creative Henna Body Art, The Dragon Flame Shop, Eastern Star Jade, Ellis Charm and Design, Exotic Fashion, Finn Natural, Global Fashion Mission, KNBC Graphics, La Josephine, Lilly Rose, Loschy Design, Luv n Ladybugs, Mexico- Collective, Mostly Signs, Moultions, Olive Woodcrafts, Pacific Mountain wood works, Peace of Mindw, Pence Animal Sculpture, PJ Creation, Priti Art and Design, Respun Retro, Ron’s Wood Design, Rosewood Enterprises, Rusted Anchor, Sunami Surf Time, Taras Treasure, Two Tree Designs,
Children’s Street is dedicated to kids with crafts, games and snacks. There is a bouncy house, slide and many games where kids can win prizes.
There is no smoking, alcohol sales, or consumption on Children’s Street. Children’s Street is located on North Orange St. at East Chapman Ave.
Community Booths/Commercial Booths
Local non-profits showcase the causes they support and local companies promote their businesses.
Commercial Booths: 714 Tickets, Amo Marketing, Coreas Wholesale, Dermfx, Infinity, Kaleo Marketing, Leaf Filter North, Mr Cabinet Care, Pappa Dans Jerky, Reborn Cabinets, Renewal By Anderson, Resort Vacations Inc, Sola Tube, Staras Boutique, Stylefox, Suavecitio Inc, Welk Resorts, Winston USA Inc.
Comunity Booths: Calvary Chapel Old Towne, Center for Suitable Energy, Democratic Party of Orange, Libertarian Party OC,
Orange County Register of Voters, Orange Grove Masonic Lodge, Orange Park Association, Orange Republican Woman
Most local establishments located throughout the street fair are open for business during this time. While there will be plenty of food and drink options supporting non-profits at the fair sometimes you need to these places get away from the bustle of the fair.
A few bar options include O’Hara’s Pub, The District Lounge, Paul’s Lounge and The Wall.
Restaurant (and more bar) options include Watson’s Soda Fountain, Citrus City Grille, Zito’s Pizza, Bagel Me, Byblo’s Cafe, Gabbi’s, Smoqued, Wahoo’s, Haven Gastropub, The Filling Station, Rutebegorz, Starbucks, Blaze Pizza, and many more.
Shopping options include many thrift, antique and arts and crafts stores.
What: OC Street Fair
Where: Plaza Park (“The Circle”)
Date: Friday, August 30, 2019
Hours: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (alcohol sales 5 pm – 9 pm)
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Hours: 10 am to 10:00 pm (alcohol sales 10 am – 9 pm)
Date: Sunday, September 1, 2019
Hours: 10 am to 10:00 pm (alcohol sales 10 am – 9 pm)
Cost: No entrance fee; fees vary for food, beverages, crafts and Children’s Street. There is a $4 fee for a wrist band to drink alcohol. Wrist bands are available at all 4 entrances (N/S Chapman; E/W Glassell)
There is street parking and several public parking lots in the surrounding area for a fee charged by local non-profit organizations. Many establishments and residents also provide parking for a fee (at your own risk). Chapman University has parking for a fee typically lower than the lots charge. The OCTA and Metrolink Station is located 2 blocks from the event.
Orange Street Fair Tips
- Bring your ID if you plan to drink.
- Bring cash for food, drinks, games and crafts.
- Wear comfortable shoes for all the walking and spilled drinks. Consider not wearing open toed shoes for this reason.
- During the day don’t forget the sunscreen and hats. It’s almost always hot and there isn’t a lot of shade.
- Bring water, it’s available but at street fair prices.
- Uber or Lyft there to beat the parking and for responsible drinking. The train or Metrolink, which runs a street fair promotion, are options as well.
- Arrive in a smaller car to park in the smaller open street spots.
- Make sure you have a designated driver.
- Check out the music lineup to see your favorite band.
- Find fun places to go in Old Towne Orange and movies, television shows and commercials filmed there.
- Go with an Elk member. The Orange Chapter is located right in the middle of the street fair. It is a great place to slip away for a quick rest, drink and even play some pool, darts or shuffle board.
- No pets allowed except service animals.
- Seating is limited and lawn chairs are NOT allowed.
- Local businesses remain open at their discretion.
Additional Tips for Parents/Families
- If you have young kids bring a stroller even for ones that are mostly done with strollers. There can be a lot of walking with little seating available.
- Don’t bring big strollers as it will be difficult to navigate the crowds.
- Get there right when it opens for the best parking and least amount of crowds.
- Drinking and smoking increases as the day goes on and into the night (read rowdier). The earlier the better for families. Early Friday night and early Saturday and Sunday during the day.
Common Complaints about OISF
- Difficult to find parking, long walk to fair
- Over priced alcohol, food, activities and parking
- Bathrooms are Porta Pottys
- Very crowded and can get rowdy
- Too much drinking and smoking
- Very hot, not much shade or seating
- The international food isn’t authentic, great or diverse (a lot of sausages)
Orange Street Fair History
The Orange International Street Fair (OISF) started in 1973 when The City of Orange was looking to celebrate it’s 100th anniversary. The 1910 Orange Street Fair was the inspiration for the centennial celebration. The 1973 festival, with 50,000 attendees, was so successful that it became an annual tradition ever since. Eventually the street fair’s popularity replaced the Orange May Festival Celebration which ended in 1991. The Orange May Festival celebrated the start of the Valencia orange harvest.
Hotels Near Old Towne Orange
- ALOHotel by Ayres (Block of Orange)
- Ayres Hotel (Block of Orange)
- Best Western Orange Plaza (Chapman/Main)
- Castaway Inn by Wyndham (Chapman/Main)
- Civic Center Inn & Suites (Glassell/22)
- Days Inn by Wyndham (Main/Palmyra)
- Doubletree by Hilton (Block of Orange)
- Orange Tustin Inn (Tustin/22)
- Red Roof Inn (MainPlace Mall)
- Sky Palm Motel (Chapman/Tustin)
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