The trendy, artsy neighborhood of North Park is widely known as an urban hipster hangout with lots of cool shops, restaurants and community events. One such event, the 20th annual North Park Festival of Arts, is coming up this Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The free festival will feature local art, live music and dance performances on four concert stages, vendor booths and, of course, food. The event is family-friendly with several children’s activities, including hands-on art projects. Personally, I’m looking forward to the Craft Beer Block with unlimited samples of local brews from more than 30 local breweries. Tickets to the Craft Beer Block are available for two sessions: noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. The festival is located in the heart of North Park, spanning eight blocks at the intersection of 30th Street and University Avenue. You’ll want to get there early since the festival usually attracts about 40,000 people!
If you don’t get enough to eat and drink at the festival, head over to Waypoint Public for brunch (served Saturday and Sunday until 2 p.m.). You may recognize Executive Chef Rich Sweeney as a former contestant on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” (season five). Some of his standout dishes include the chicken & biscuit, spinach scramble and Cocoa Krispies French toast. For cocktails, try the Michelada or mimosa with pineapple juice. Waypoint is definitely a beer bar, though, with more than 30 craft beers on draft, so don’t skip the hops. Something I always hear from friends about Waypoint is that it’s a great place to bring the kiddos. This family-friendly restaurant has a special play area for children, which makes SO much sense.