Another early summer tradition in Detroit Lakes has been put on hold by the COVID-19 pandemic: The Street Faire at the Lakes, which was originally scheduled to take place the weekend of May 29-30, has been postponed until August.
"In truth, it would be easier for us to cancel and celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2021," said Street Faire chairwoman Mary Beth Gildorf, "but with all the pandemic has taken away, it becomes clear the Street Faire isn't just another busy weekend in DL. It's an important event for our artists, our vendors, the Historic Holmes Theatre, our downtown businesses, and our community as a whole. Scheduling it at a later date gives us hope that there is still 'summer fun' to look forward to and we can work together to get there.
"It helps that it is an outdoor venue, but we realize it might not look exactly the same as 'pre-pandemic,'" she added. "Hopefully, by August, we'll be in a better position to make any adjustments and accommodations we need to in order to make it a safe, successful, and FUN weekend for everyone.
"We’re so happy to have been able to find a new date for the Street Faire," added organizing committee member Amy Stearns. "Typically the Street Faire is one way that Detroit Lakes kicks off summer. Now we’ll just be continuing to celebrate summer with the August dates and look toward a hopefully long, warm fall. We’ve reached out to many of the artists and food vendors and the new dates work for them as well as possibly giving some artists who couldn’t do the June dates a chance to apply for the new August Street Faire.
"We want to express a very grateful thank you to the City, Becker County, and the Department of Transportation who all made it easy for us to change dates, as well as to all the Street Faire committee members and artists/vendors who are helping us find a new way to continue to bring the Street Faire to downtown Detroit Lakes."
The new dates for the 20th annual event are Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21-22. The Street Faire includes over 130 arts and crafts vendors, delicious fair food, live music, kids activities, a beer garden and more.
If you go
What: 20th Annual Street Faire at the Lakes
When: Aug. 21-22
Where: Downtown Detroit Lakes