Need a hit of good news? North London’s favourite community street fair is back again in all its post-Covid glory. Not seen – quite unbelievably – since the heady summer of 2019, it returns to Inkerman Conservation Area, one of Kentish Town’s most appealing backwaters, on Sunday 3rd July.
It’s been organised for over a decade by the residents’ association – collaborating with the community, charities, local schools and commercial enterprises – with local hairdressing ledge Michael Ptootch at the helm. “Kentish Town will be jumping again,” he says – and he ain’t kidding.
So what to expect? More than a hundred stalls will be offering food, art and crafts, coffee, cake, ice cream, and more, with a bar, of course, too. Hic. There’ll be a grand parade of dancers and performers, as well as live acts and performances all day on the Map Cafe stage and main stage, as well as in the comedy tent and acoustic lounge. And as usual, local heroes the Dig It Sound System will be in full force on DJ duties.
Elsewhere expect plenty of family-friendly fun including art workshops, music, dancing, games, a children’s talent contest, and face painting, as well as a raffle. (And in case you’re wondering, the Fair is not run for profit.)
If you can’t wait that long, this Saturday 11th sees the Highgate Fair In the Square (1230pm-530pm), which takes over the whole of London’s hilltop village in genteel style. Expect eclectic stalls, an up-for-it bunch of locals and a varied programme of music, dance and theatre performed on the Pond Square stage.
And one more for the road: the culmination of this year’s Highgate Festival is a street party taking place on the corner of Swain’s Lane and Highgate Road on June 18th (12-5pm), with all local businesses on that thoroughfare participating with stalls and special menus.
Follow @almastreetfair for the latest. Alma Street Fair is free to attend and runs on Sunday July 3rd 12-7pm in Alma Street NW5