We told you back in August to save the date Saturday October 16th for this year’s installment of the Cooke Street Carnival (Facebook Event Page) but didn’t share many details. We now have a bit more for you and the event looks like it’s going to be a full day of neighborhood fun. Inspired by local as well as events afar such as Kirby Derby here in Raleigh and Notting Hill Carnival in London, Cooke Street Carnival attempts to bring together Raleigh residents as well as local artists, musicians and businesses in a neighborhood street fest.
While the carnival encourages typical fall festival and carnival costumes, similar to last year’s Fall, Feather’s and Fringe theme, this year’s theme is House Party in the Street which is based around Habitat for Humanity, who built many of the homes on Cooke and surrounding streets. Habitat for Humanity will have a booth at the carnival with information about their group as well as taking donations for their Brush with Kindness campaign. You can donate supplies: brushes, rollers, paint pans and drop cloths. These items will be very helpful for their revitalization projects this spring.
The carnival will have music from beginning to end, starting with DJs and a local drum circle group on stage, followed by a handful of local rock and roots bands and ending Raleigh native King Mez (read a great IndyWeek article about him and download his mixtape here). As well, Jack the Radio, Kid Future, Stella Lively, The Cellar Seas, Johnny Swank and more will grace the stage throughout the day. The full band lineup with (approximate) times below.
Music will not be the only entertainment as Carleena (a fantastic local hula-hooper instructor), the Magician Magic Roman, and a few others will be roving the street performing for the kids (and adults). There will be pumpkin painting and a few more activities for the kids as well. Just like last year there will be Vacation Photo-Op Boards with the theme this year being House Party in the Street….and if you missed last year, the bird boards will return for you to pop your head through and snap a photo. This year’s featured artists for the boards include Sean Kernick, Brittain Peck, Adam Peele, Jason Whitman, David Eichenberger, Victor Knight and Elizabeth Niemeyer. Victor Knight and some of his crew will be doing some live graffiti painting as well. Oh yeah, and a kissing booth. WHOA!
The street will be filled with food options this year. Jonathan King will once again be cooking a pig all night long for the event. Bulkogi Korean BBQ/Korean BBQ Taco Truck will be on hand serving up delicious Korean food.
Remedy Diner will bring some of their sandwiches and vegetarian delights.
“DJ Madcow” Chico Scott will be frying up some of his beloved fish. Only Burger will be dropping by later in the evening (from 5-8pm) for your late night burger and fries fix and for dessert there will be Crumb cups of cake, Locopops and a Bake Sale. A few more food options may be added soon but there will definitely be enough options for everyone. And of course, Aviator Brewery will return with their beer trailer full of fantastic beers.
As well, there will be a handful of merchants hanging out all day selling locally made goods and art. Current vendors include Johanna Ely (vintage jewelry), Tanya Casteel (pottery), Amanda Davis (jewelry), Robin Davis (felt jewelry, art, headbands), Sivana Gur (handmade jewelry, cards), Matt Tomasulo (maps on shirts), Marjorie Fish (salvaged material & furniture), AHPeele (clothing), Liz Niemeyer & Vanese Clough (knitted gloves & vintage/upcycled paper earrings), Debra Shore, Raleigh Vintage (vintage clothing), Susan Coulson Rook (jewelry), Susan Reynolds (jewelry), Adam Kirk (paintings & prints) and more to come. If you missed out on buying a t-shirt from the inaugural Carnival, word is that there will be a limited amount on sale this year, as well as a brand new shirt for this year’s event.
Did we mention there will be a kissing booth?
Here is the full music lineup (all bands and times are subject to change (but hopefully won’t):
DJs between bands: Negator and Drew Diggle