FAQ

ALBERTA STREET FAIR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Section I: General Questions

When is The Alberta Street Fair?

The 20th Annual Alberta Street Fair is Saturday, August 12, 2017 (11AM – 6PM, Beer Garden until 9:30PM).  Alberta Street Fair is held annually on the 2nd Saturday in August.

Where is The Alberta Street Fair?

The Alberta Street Fair takes place on NE Alberta Street between NE 10th – 30th Avenues.
Information Booth is located in front of 1722 NE Alberta Street.

Three stages of entertainment
Main Stage is located 11th Avenue
Center Stage is located at 21st Avenue
East End Stage is located at 30th Avenue

Kids Corner is located at 18th Avenue
Kids Parade starts at 15th Avenue (Alberta Co-op parking lot) and ends at 21st Avenue.

Beer gardens are located at 11th Avenue and 30th

How do I get to Alberta Street?

Alberta Street is located in Northeast Portland. If possible, please consider walking, biking or taking public transportation to The Alberta Street Fair.  

By Public Transportation: Plan your trip on TriMet! The 6, 8, 17, 70 and 72 bus lines will all get you close to The Alberta Street Fair. Please note the 72 line is rerouted to Killingworth Street during Alberta Street Fair.

By Bike: Extra bike parking lots will be provided at/near 11th Ave, 22nd Ave and 29th Ave.

By Car: If you have to drive, you can use 1500 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211 as a landmark in google maps or the map program of your choice. Please note that Alberta Street will be closed between NE 10th Ave – NE 30th Ave and parking is limited to on street parking.

What kind of activities are there?

The Alberta Street Fair is a family-friendly event. There is something for everyone, from young children to teenagers to adults to grandparents. The event features 300  vendors, a kids parade and kids activity corner, three stages of entertainment and much more!

Is there an admission fee?

The Alberta Street Fair is a free community event with a suggested $2 donation that supports building a vibrant and healthy Alberta Street. Donations are accepted at the info booth (1722 NE Alberta Street), the beer garden or make your donation online.

How many people attend The Alberta Street Fair?

Approximately 25,000 people attend the Alberta Street Fair annually.

What vendors will be at Alberta Street Fair?

The Alberta Street Fair will provide 300 vendor spaces between NE 11th & NE 30th Avenues. Alberta Street Fair is a community event focused on local products, artists, crafts and foods. Click here to see a list of registered vendors. (Please note the vendor list will be updated monthly around the 15th of the month starting in June and will not be updated after July 15)

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are welcome at Alberta Street Fair, but they must be leashed and under your control at all times. You know your dog best; it may be quite warm and crowded, so come prepared!

What happens if it rains?

The chance of rain on the second Saturday in August in Portland is slim, but if by chance it does rain, the fair will go on!

Section II: Sponsor Questions

What sponsorship opportunities are available?

There are many sponsorship opportunities available.

Please contact Lee Mendelsohn, Alberta Street Fair Sponsorship Director for details.

Thanks to our 2016 Alberta Street Fair Event sponsors!

Sponsors

Is a vendor space included with sponsorship?

A complimentary vendor space is included with the following Event Sponsorships.

Presenting Sponsor: $5,000
Gold Sponsor: $2,200
Silver Sponsor: $1,200
Bronze Sponsor: $525

Section III: Vendor Questions

What types of vendors are allowed?

Generally, the following types of vendors are allowed: artists, craftspeople, food, jewelers, photographers, ceramicists, vendors selling clothing, accessories, or gifts (handmade or hand-worked have preference), non profits, service businesses, boutiques, etc.

The Alberta Street Fair planning committee has complete discretion in allowing/denying any vendor.

What types of vendors are not allowed?

The following vendors/types of vendors are not allowed at Alberta Street Fair:

  • Vendors not appropriate for a family event.
  • Vendors incompatible with Alberta Main Street’s mission.
  • Vendors who violate Alberta Main Street’s Anti-Discrimination policy.
  • Vendors wanting to serve, sample or sell alcohol*.
  • Vendors wanting to serve, sample or sell marijuana or marijuana items.

*We do not allow vendors to serve or sell alcohol outside of the beer garden. If you are interested in donating product to one of our beer garden’s, please let our vendor coordinator know and she will pass your information on.

Occasionally we have an overwhelming number of vendors in a particular area, such as face painting. In these cases, we may choose to limit the number of similar vendors that are allotted booth space. Early applicants are given preference.

The Alberta Street Fair planning committee has complete discretion in allowing/denying any vendor.

 

How many vendors are there?

The Alberta Street Fair will provide 300 vendor spaces between NE 11th & NE 30th Avenues.

How much does it cost?

Vendor registration rates vary based on the type of product or service offered, the size of space you are requesting and when you register.

2017 Vendor Rates

Type of Vendor
Description
Size of space
Early Bird Rate (before June 11)
Regular Rate
(June 11 - July 28)
Late Rate
( July 28 - Aug 4)
if space is available
East/West End VendorDiscounted vendor spaces located at either the east (NE 27th - 29th Ave) or west (NE 11th - 13th Ave) ends of the fair. Available for any vendor type, except food vendors.10' x 10'
$50$80$100
East End Beer Garden VendorDiscounted vendor spaces located within the beer garden located between 29th-30th Ave. This area is open to all ages. Available for any vendor type, except food vendors.10' x 10'$50$80$100
Original Art/Craft VendorArt or craft created and produced by you, the artist.10' x 10'
10' x 20'
$85
$145
$115
$185
$135
$205
Retail/Commercial Goods, Services & Imports VendorResale items (selling goods not produced by you), commercial services and imported goods for sale.10' x 10'
10' x 20'
$105
$185
$135
$225
$155
$245
Packaged Food VendorFood vendors selling pre-packaged food items. Vendors are responsible for determining if a Multnomah County Health Department temporary restaurant license is required. 10' x 10'
10' x 20'
$110
$195
$140
$235
$160
$255
Prepared Food VendorFood vendors preparing food items onsite. Most food vendors must have a temporary restaurant license or submit a temporary restaurant license application to Multnomah County Health Department and pay license fee two weeks PRIOR to the event, proof of insurance, be prepared to undergo a health inspection on site and provide 10 meal tickets to Alberta Main Street.10' x 10'
10' x 20'
$140
$255
$170
$295
$190
$305
Non-Profit* InformationInformation sharing only, no sales. 10' x 10'$60$90$110
Non-Profit* RetailProducts for sale that directly benefit your nonprofit organization. 10' x 10'$70$100$120
Non-Profit* FoodFood items for sale that directly benefit your nonprofit organization. 10' x 10'$110$140$160
*All nonprofit vendors must provide their federal tax ID number at the time of registration.
No Booth & Roaming VendorsLimited to buskers, balloon artists, caricaturists, or roaming vendors.~ 4'x 4' space (no canopy allowed) or roaming$40$70$90

How do I register?

Vendor registration opens every year on or around March 1st.

Vendor registration is completed using an online registration system. 

When vendor registration is open, it will be available here.


What are paid location requests?

Based on our past event surveys, it seems there is some confusion about paid location requests. Paid location requests guarantee a space within a three-block range. We only sell a limited location requests per section, so there are many who who register without a location request that we fill into different sections.

If you choose to purchase a location request, you are buying the guarantee that you will be in that section of the street.

I registered online, now what?

You should have received an automatic confirmation email from ClearEvent immediately after completing your registration. If you do not find your confirmation email in your Inbox, please check your bulk/junk/spam folder and update your settings to allow ClearEvent emails.

You should consider your space confirmed at this time. Alberta Street Fair does reserve the right to refuse vendors or to set limits on how many types of one vendor will be allowed. If we do not accept your reservation, you will be notified and your vendor payment will be refunded.

We’re a nonprofit, can we get discount?

Of course, we are a nonprofit too so we know how it goes! The Alberta Street Fair offers discounted rates to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

*All nonprofit vendors must provide their federal tax ID # at the time of registration.

I don’t need a booth, can I just set up on the street?

The Alberta Street Fair offers a “No Booth” vendor registration option for buskers, face painters, balloon artists, etc. that need a smaller footprint (approximately 4′ x 4′). No canopy is allowed in these spaces. This rate is also available for “Roaming Vendors”. You do need to register online for these spaces.

All registered and paid vendors will receive a permit that must be displayed throughout the day. Anyone without a permit will be asked to leave.

Where will my booth be located?

Due to the size of this event and the number of vendors involved, we cannot accept requests for specific locations or intersections. However, again this year we will sell a limited number of spaces within a specific 3-4 blocks for an additional fee.

We will do our very best to get you your location assignment 5 days prior to the event.

When will I find out my location?

We will do our very best to get you your location assignment 5 days prior to the event.

Do I have to bring my own tent/table/chairs?

Yes, you need to provide your own tent, tables, chairs, and any displays you need or want. Also, no water or power is available and all generators require pre-approval. We provide a clean, well-marked vendor space, the rest is your responsibility!

 

Can my friend and I share a booth?

Any two vendors may opt to share a booth by paying the $15 shared booth fee during online registration. 

What is the cancellation policy?

Vendors who a reservation prior to July 15th will be eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellation requests received after July 15th are non-refundable.

I still have questions, who can I contact?

Kimberly Pillon, Vendor Coordinator
streetfairvendor@albertamainst.org
Please note our vendor coordinator is a volunteer. Please allow 72 hours for response to your inquiry.

Section IV: Food Vendor Questions

How do I apply as a food vendor?

Vendor registration typically opens online by March 1 and closes in late July or until spaces are filled.

When available, vendor registration is completed online here.

What is required of Food Vendors?

All Food Vendors must have a temporary restaurant license, proof of insurance, be prepared to undergo a health inspection on site and provide 10 meal tickets to Alberta Main Street.

Temporary Restaurant License: Each entity that wishes to sell or give out food to the general public during a special event is required by Oregon law to obtain a temporary restaurant license, with limited exceptions. Food vendors must submit a temporary restaurant license application to Multnomah County and pay license fee two weeks prior to the event. For more information visit multco.us/services/temporary-food-events

Insurance: All food vendors must supply Alberta Main Street with a $1,000,000 Certificate of Insurance. Certificate must name: Alberta Main Street as an additional insured party for the date of the event. Please email electronic copy of the proof of insurance to streetfairvendor@albertamainst.org or fax to (503) 688-1325.

Meal Tickets: All prepared food vendors must provide 10 meals to The Alberta Street Fair. We will produce coupons which are redeemable at food vendor booths during the day of the event; you may select what menu item you would like us to use to honor the food voucher. Please email selected items to streetfairvendor@albertamainst.org prior to the event and we can communicate this with event staff.

It is up to food vendors to research requirements and comply with the requirements.

Can I use propane?

Outside propane use requires a Propane Permit for each vendor. Contact Portland Fire & Rescue Permit Office at 503-823-3712 to obtain Propane Permit Application Form # 300.71.

How do I get pre-approval for a generator?

Generators require pre-approval and should only be used if absolutely necessary. If you would like to request pre-approval, please email a request to streetfairvendor@albertamainst.org. Please include in your request, your vendor name and the make & model of your generator along with the decibel rating. Decibel ratings below 65dBA are preferred.  

If your generator’s decibel rating is above 65dBA, please let us know if you have taken other steps to make it quieter, i.e. installing a muffler or building a baffle box.

We’re a nonprofit, can we get discount?

Of course, we are a nonprofit too so we know how it goes! The Alberta Street Fair offers discounted rates to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

*All nonprofit vendors must provide their federal tax ID # at the time of registration.

Where will my booth be located?

Due to the size of this event and the number of vendors involved, we cannot accept requests for specific locations or intersections. However, again this year we will sell a limited number of spaces within a specific 3-4 blocks for an additional fee.

We will do our very best to get you your location assignment 5 days prior to the event.

What is the cancellation policy?

Vendors who a reservation prior to July 15th will be eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellation requests received after July 15th are non-refundable.

Section V: Performing at Street Fair

How can we perform at Street Fair?

The 2017 call for performers is available online until April 14, 2017. We hope to make booking decisions by the end of May/early June.

To be notified about future opportunities, please add your contact information to our email notification system – be sure to check the “Street Fair Performers” box on the form!

Are performers paid?

Well, yes – we do pay performers although we do have a very limited budget. Alberta Main Street, the Street Fair’s nonprofit host, works hard to raise funds to compensate performers and provide other perks as possible. 

When will we find out if we are selected?

The Call for Performers closes on April 14, 2017. Our volunteer stage manager anticipates having the stages booked by the end of May/early June.

Section VI: Other Questions

I’m confused, is this the same as Last Thursday?

Last Thursday is sometime incorrectly called “Alberta Street Fair” but these are not the same event. Not even close. Last Thursday is strangely enough held on the Last Thursday of every month, 6-9:00PM. (Alberta Street is closed to vehicle traffic on the last Thursday of the month June – August.)

Alberta Street Fair takes place once a year on the second Saturday in August and is organized by Alberta Main Street.

For information about Last Thursday visit: lastthurspdx.org

Or contact:
Chad Stover
Office of Mayor Charlie Hales
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 340
Portland, OR 97204
chad.stover@portlandoregon.gov
(503) 823-4027


Don’t forget to ‘like’ our facebook page to stay current on all things Alberta Street Fair. Alberta Street Fair is a community event focused on local products, artists, crafts and foods. It is a celebration of the diverse neighborhoods, neighbors and businesses hosted by Alberta Main Street. Alberta Main Street is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing efforts to develop Alberta Street as a vibrant, creative and sustainable commercial district serving residents and visitors to our community.