• WHAT: 17th annual Crossroads of California Street Fair
• WHEN: Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days
• WHERE: Downtown Manteca
• VENDOR INFO: Go to www.visitmanteca.org or call 823-7229
Walk down Yosemite Avenue on Manteca on April 6-7 and you may find yourself in a 1960s flashback to tie-dye mania.
Or you may be intoxicated by the smell of Lockeford Sausage, fresh Kettle Korn or serenaded by the sweet distinct sound of a Native American musical instrument.
It’s all part of the 17th annual Crossroads Street Faire on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days
More than 400 vendor booths are filling downtown streets offering everything to satisfy the senses - touch, sound, taste, smell and sight.
The event now rivals long-established venues such as the Lodi Street Fair with those who are faithful followers of the street fair circuit whether they are vendors or fans who travel throughout Northern California.
Parking never seems to be a problem. Even at peak times throughout today you always seem to be able to find a parking space within two blocks of the downtown triangle.
Even with the 100 and 200 blocks of Yosemite Avenue blocked off and side streets connecting to Center Street closed, there are still more than 600 parking spaces on the streets and public lots available within three blocks.
A small but growing number of people – avid walkers primarily – access points along the 3.4-mile stretch of the Tidewater to reach the street fair primarily from Manteca’s northern neighborhoods.
It’s an ideal way to take in early spring blooms to and from the street fair.
There are countless opportunities you won’t be able to resist from funnel cakes and kettle corn to ice cream, Lockeford sausage and culinary creations you never dreamed of that your nose will absolutely love.
If you don’t want to snack your way through downtown but still need to keep up your strength, there is a host of downtown spots within the street fair that are well-worth trying if you haven’t yet.
It is also a great opportunity to check out chances in downtown including an up close inspection of the murals.
— DENNIS WYATT
209 staff reporter