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Street Faire at the Lakes returns to beautiful downtown DL, May 31-June 1

Come to Detroit Lakes this coming Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1, for two days of arts and crafts shopping, live music, and food during the 19th annual Street Faire at the Lakes. (Submitted photo) 1 / 5
This colorful "Sunny in DL" piece of public art, located in front of ERA Realty, adds to the festive look and feel of Detroit Lakes' annual Street Faire at the Lakes. (Submitted photo)2 / 5
Sunny skies bring big crowds to downtown Detroit Lakes during the annual Street Faire at the Lakes, which returns to DL for its 19th year this Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1. (Submitted photo) 3 / 5
More than 15 food vendors — including a handful of new food trucks — will be cooking up tasty treats for Street Faire at the Lakes visitors this coming Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1. (Submitted photo)4 / 5
As the Street Faire at the Lakes is the region's first outdoor, juried art show of the summer, many unique arts and crafts will be on display at over 125 vendor booths scattered throughout Detroit Lakes' downtown. (Submitted photo)5 / 5

Every year since 2001, Detroit Lakes has kicked off the area's summer festival season with the Street Faire at the Lakes — and this year is no exception.

The 19th annual Street Faire is set for this Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 in downtown Detroit Lakes, featuring two full days of live musical entertainment, over 125 arts and crafts vendors, 15 food vendors, a beer garden, and free activities for both kids and families.

"It's the first outdoor, juried art show of the season in the lakes area," says Rachel Hofstrand, marketing and events director for the Historic Holmes Theatre, which handles all the scheduling and marketing for the annual event. "And there's lots of new things happening this year!"

Besides over 30 new art and craft vendors offering everything from clay magnets and clothing to repurposed "junk," woodworking, photography, jewelry and pottery, there will also be four new food trucks on site, including La Barista's Fork in the Road, Tanner Duncan's Woodfire Pizza, Daniel's Cajun Concessions and Un-Fork-Edible.

"We'll also have lots of familiar favorites like Oof Da Tacos and the Shake Shack," Hofstrand added.

Another of those new activities will be ongoing live robotics demonstrations for the kids, courtesy of Detroit Lakes' own QWERTY Robotics team — and also new this year, the Northern Light Trolley will be operating throughout festival hours, which are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, May 31 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.

Part history tour, part transportation service, the Northern Light Trolley will be stopping at six different spots around Detroit Lakes at regular intervals, including the Holmes Theatre, Zorbaz, the Pavilion, Holiday Inn, Detroit Lakes Public Library and the Washington Square Mall.

Riders will be able to purchase a Gold Pass wristband, good for a full day of unlimited rides, at just $10, while those who would prefer to take one complete scenic tour of the community can purchase a blue wristband for $5 each — and families, take note: Kids age 5 and under ride for free when accompanied by an adult or teen chaperone (age 16 and up).

For more information, please visit the Northern Light Trolley page on Facebook, call 218-371-1353 or send an email to proprietors Harold and Brenda McGowan at

Also new this year is "Paper Plains," a free, interactive art activity that combines information and instruction on papermaking, pulp painting and native prairie planting, while participants create paper from regionally harvested, invasive plants. For more information please send an email to

And then, of course, there's the entertainment. Friday's live music schedule includes Eric Reitan at 10 a.m., Morydian at noon, The Morning Kings at 2 p.m. and Tim Eggebraaten at 5 p.m., along with strolling musician Paul Imholte, who will be on hand throughout the day — and making his Street Faire debut, Sean Wallin will be performing his Elvis tribute inside the Eagles Club at 8 p.m.

The entertainment schedule for Saturday includes Rachel Ianiro at 10 a.m., Island Time at 11:03 a.m. and Hardwood Groove at 2 p.m.

"All of our musical entertainment and kids' activities are free," Hofstrand said.

In addition to all of these activities, the Washington Square Mall is having a silent auction fundraiser for Relay For Life of Becker County during the Street Faire — and Hometown Crafts and Fabrics will be donating a 104x104-inch quilt featuring past Street Faire t-shirts as one of many great items you can bid on inside the mall during Street Faire hours.

And as a bonus, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be making a special visit to Detroit Lakes on Saturday, June 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Clydesdales will be hitching in the parking lot area of the Detroit Lakes City Park starting at noon — the public is welcome to watch! The team will then parade down West Lake Drive to the American Legion and back to the city park, where photos can be taken at that time. All ages welcome; this event is weather permitting and times are subject to change.

For more information, as well as a complete schedule of events, visit the website at, check out their Facebook and Twitter pages for updates or call the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-7469.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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