Wake Forest’s Annual “Meet in the Street” Festival to Be Held May 6

— May 2017

Meet in the Street to Bring Thousands to Downtown Wake Forest for Art, Music, Food and Family Fun

The 37th Annual Meet in the Street festival returns to downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, May 6. Presented by the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Chris Leith Automotive, Meet in the Street annually draws well over 30,000 people to downtown Wake Forest to enjoy many of the best artists and craftsmen in our area.

This year’s festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will again include portions of South Taylor Street, South Brooks Street and South White Street.

White Street

Wake Forest’s annual Meet in the Street festival draws thousands of people from all over the Triangle.
Photo courtesy of the Town of Wake Forest

Visitors to Meet in the Street are invited to browse over 200 arts and crafts vendors, indulge in their favorite festival foods from more than 20 food vendors and food trucks, and enjoy a variety of live entertainment.

Two stages, the Performing Arts Stage in Town Hall’s Centennial Plaza and the Main Stage at the corner of White and Owen Streets in the vicinity of the Beer Garden, will showcase the best in regional talent. This year’s lineup for the Performing Arts Stage includes a variety of acts and demonstrations from local groups and schools. Live music on the Main Stage features such popular groups as UrMom, Rebekah Todd and the Odyssey, Arts Fishing Club, and East Coast Rhythm & Blues.

New this year is the Young Entrepreneur’s Fair. Located in the Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 350 S. White Street, the fair will feature more than 15 vendors from the ages of 9 to 14. Each young person will be selling handmade items they created. In addition, the popular Children’s Village, Bicycle Safety Fair, and fire truck exhibit will be back on Taylor Street.

In order to accommodate Meet in the Street, the Town of Wake Forest will close the following streets and parking lots on May 6 from 4 a.m. to approximately 8 p.m.:

• South Taylor Street, from East Jones Avenue to Elm Avenue
• South Brooks Street, from East Jones Avenue to Elm Avenue
• South White Street, from East Jones Avenue to Elm Avenue
• Town Hall’s Brooks Street parking lot; the lot will be the site of the Bicycle Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., however, it will remain closed throughout the day.
• All other municipal parking lots in the vicinity of Town Hall, including public and staff parking lots

A welcomed feature again this year will be the free shuttle service. In conjunction with Sam’s Club and Banks Kerr Family YMCA, visitors will be able to hop on one of two YMCA buses at the Wake Forest Sam’s Club, 11460 Royall Cotton Road, for the short trip into downtown. The free shuttle will drop off visitors in multiple downtown locations. The shuttle will run continuously beginning at 9:30 a.m. The final shuttle will depart from downtown at 5 p.m.

Free parking will be available in signed spaces along several downtown streets and parking lots. Handicap parking will be provided in the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.; and the upper SunTrust Parking Lot, 353 S. White St. A complete listing of free parking options is provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/MITS-parking.aspx.