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Local First Street Party to celebrate local businesses for 12th year Saturday

The event, presented by Founders Brewing Company and including local music, local food and interactive family activities, will be outside Bistro Bella Vita from 3 p.m. to midnight.
Breakdancing at the Street Party

Breakdancing at the Street Party /Courtesy of Mike Moloney Photograph

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Entertainment lineup at the street party

3:00-3:45 pm Heaters (West Coast psychedelic rock)
4:00-4:45 pm The Lippies (pop punk)
5:00-6:00 pm Molly Bouwsma-Schultz and Friends (blues and soul)
6:30-7:30 pm The Concussions (surf rock and instrumental)
8:00-9:00 pm Seth and May (acoustic folk)
9:30-10:30 pm The Accidentals (indie folk-rock)
11:00pm-12:00 am Hannah Rose Graves (blues, folk and bluegrass)
Between sets:
DJ Colin Clive
Audacious Hoops (professional interactive hula hooping)
61Syx Teknique (breakdancing group)
The stage at Local First

The stage at Local First /Courtesy of Mike Moloney Photograph

Food vendors at the Street Party

Food vendors at the Street Party /Courtesy of Corriveau Photography

Local First will hold their 12th annual Street Party, presented by Founders Brewing Company, on Saturday, June 6 outside Bistro Bella Vita from 3 p.m. to midnight. In addition to a long and varied music set, there will also be Founders beer, local food trucks and booths and interactive family activities. The Local First Street Party is free and open to all ages; there will be music, food and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

Over 12,000 people attended last year’s event.

New this year for families, Local First will have giant Jenga and Connect 4 to play with. Returning for a third year, families can decorate the streets with sidewalk chalk and create recycled art with local artist Reb Roberts, hula hoop with Audacious Hoops and watch 61Syx Teknique break it down between music sets.

For beverages, Local First will be serving Founders Brewing Co. Pale Ale, Red's Rye and All Day IPA along with St. Julian’s red wine, white wine and Gunga Din hard cider. Faygo pop will be available for purchase and free water will be provided as well.

The Street Party also has a focus on sustainability. Last year, the Street Party was nearly a zero waste event with an 85.7% diversion rate (zero waste events are classified as 90% - and events the size of the Street Party are typically at 50-60%). While in 2015 Local First is striving to increase this rate, sustainability isn’t just about how much is recycled and composted- it’s about how much can be prevented from being wasted in the first place. That’s why Local First is asking that people bring empty, refillable water bottles to the event. In addition, Local First is encouraging attendees to use alternate transportation: carpool with friends and family, ride the Rapid, bike or walk to the event.

New this year, Local First has teamed up with Uber to provide an Uber pickup station at the event. First time Uber users will receive a free ride.

The event is free to attend. Food and beverage tickets will be on sale at the event – cash and credit will be accepted. More information about the Local First Street Party can be found on the Local First website.

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