Raleigh, N.C. — The organizers behind Hopscotch Music Festival are hosting a free street party during its four-day span, including an ice cream competition, a market and a food drive.
The festival's first Lenoir Street Extravagnza will feature a market of 25 artists and vendors, a pet adoption station, beer, wine and spirits and six food trucks, including Kerala Curry Express, Dusty Donuts, Medley, Chirba Chirba, Cousins Maine Lobster and Oak City Fish and Chips.
Running Sept. 8-10, the free, three-day festival is the perfect break between Hopscotch shows, but the event is open to everyone in the community for its duration.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, an ice cream compeition at Gate 3 of Red Hat Amphitheater will feature some of the area's top frozen treats experts from shops like Maple View Farm, Lumpy’s, Jam Ice cream, Fresh Local, Andia’s and more. Local foodies will judge the contest from 1 to 5 p.m.
A charitable component of the festival is a not-so-typical food drive starring Raleigh-based artist Paul Friedrich, who will be creating a life-sized "Onion Head Monster" on site.
Hopscotchers who bring a non-perishable food item for the can sculpture art installation will get $5 off festival apparel and a chance to win VIP passes for next year. All donations go to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle for school pantries and BackPack Buddies.
The street festival starts Friday at 5 p.m. and continues on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9:30 p.m. For more information, check out the event website.