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Cool cars and a painter’s paradise – Oak Park hosts Sunday street fair

Food trucks, a singing competition, a classic car show, live funk and soul music, bounce houses, face painting and plein air painters.

If the aforementioned sounds like a street fair, you’re right. And it’s all happening this weekend in one of Sacramento’s more historic neighborhoods – Oak Park.

The Fourth Annual Painters Paradise Community Street Fair (which is free to attend) will take place Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., at 35th Street and Broadway. Organized by the Oak Park Business Association, the event aims to entertain, while creating community and featuring the business corridor, says OPBA Project Manager Lisa Cordell.

"It just gets the word out about Oak Park, and it really advertises the business corridor there," Cordell said. "Every year we’ve added something, and it’s kind of transformed on its own really."

Like many Sacramento neighborhoods, Oak Park is fighting an uphill battle over its reputation. Events such as this street fair are helping turn that around, Cordell said.

"It brings people from outside of the area, hopefully to change the stigma that is sticking with Oak Park," she said.

What started out as primarily plein air painters at their easels capturing the scenery, has transformed to something much bigger. OPBA Media Liaison Steve LaRosa noted the new additions:

• An "American Idol" style talent show, that’s being called "The Vocals…off Broadway."
• The Jodama African dance and drum group will perform.
• There will be several food trucks on site – Fusion Eatz, Cajun Wagon, Off the Mapp Espresso, Mustache Mike’s of Sacramento, J Dogs, and Tacos Chavinda.

Staying true to its roots, the festival will include artists in their element – painting their surroundings in the open air, otherwise known as plein air painting. The schedule of artists is as follows: 

• Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Scott Martin, still life oil painting
• 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – David Peterson, watercolor
• 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Sarma Karsiere, portait drawing

People from Chalk It Up! will also have a presence, opening up the sidewalks to those wanting to leave their mark. There will also be more than 20 custom classic cars from the 1920s to the 1960s on display.

The live music will include the dance party cover band Cold Shot and headliner East Wind.  

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