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Building on successful arts and community events such as popular Last Thursday and various street fairs, the 7th annual St John’s Bizarre features community fun, entertainment and shopping in the heart of one of North Portland’s most eclectic neighborhoods. Called the “fifth quadrant,” North Portland’s vivacious arts scene blossoms in the summer and the St. John’s Bizarre is the perfect season kickoff. The nearby St Johns Parade, now in its 51st year lends tradition to this new festival and successfully combines new and old St. Johns. You can stroll the streets, closed to traffic and full of over 70 curated unique and thoughtful local arts and crafts, or grab some grub and microbrew in the Bier Garten. There are plenty of activities for the kids as well as street performers who may be on tall bikes or dressed as clowns performing acts that will make you a true believer in the “Keep Portland Weird” moniker. There are even big name acts such as The Corin Tucker Band (featuring the former Sleater-Kinney member), the inventive and genre-less AU as well as a special showcase from the Rock’N’Roll Camp for Girls on the plaza main stage.
Festivities run from 10am– 7pm with the St. Johns Parade taking place from noon – 2pm Saturday May 11th all in the heart of St. Johns (six blocks around N Philadelphia and Lombard) in Portland, OR and are free and open to the public. For more information and a full list of vendors visit http://stjohnsbizarre.com/.