The Our Town Belfast Street Party, now in its seventh year, returns for another wild and wonderful first Monday in August Aug. 3. Beginning 5 p.m., the downtown portions of High and Church streets will undergo a pedestrian take-over complete with carnival rides, tons of food and music all night — well, until 10:30 p.m.

Admission remains free for anyone who wishes to attend, with tickets sold for activities like the climbing wall, bucking bronco, bungee jump and — new this year — human-sized hamster ball course. Wristbands are available for unlimited use of the bounce houses and rat race in the brand new children’s area on Church Street.

This year’s Belfast Street Party will extend up to Church Street, between Key Bank and the American Legion Hall. This new area, dedicated for kid-specific fun, will include its own stage with all-evening DJ Erik Klausmeyer spinning tunes and keeping the crowd going.

Down on the High Street Stage, in front of Belfast City Hall, returning favorites Captain Obvious and Don Nickerson & Country Mist will entertain at 5 and 7 p.m. respectively, with a break for a live performance of the national anthem in between. Mica Einhorn, whose family lives in Belfast and winters in Miami, has sung “The Star Spangled Banner” at professional sporting events with the Miami Heat, Dolphins and Florida Marlins, and will be performing the anthem during the street party.

The evening closes out on High Street with DJ Matt Bixby from 9 to 10:30 p.m. In addition to music and rides, attendees can look forward to food from dozens of local vendors, family friendly activities, games and giveaways by local businesses and nonprofits, plus a beer garden for those of age, hosted by Rollie’s Bar & Grill.

This year’s Street Party — Monday, Aug. 3 or, in case of rain, the next sunny day — is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage, Belfast Hannaford, Bluestreak, the City of Belfast, Front Street Shipyard and Renys.

The Street Party is hosted by Our Town Belfast, the local Main Street program that seeks to foster economic health and human happiness for all who live, work, and play in Belfast’s historic downtown. Vendors and activities are still welcome; more information can be found at or by calling the office at 218-1158.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or