Street fairs are very popular, regardless of the season or time of year. They are a fun and entertaining way to get to know your neighbors, and they do not have to be big, costly or flashy events. If you charge a very small fee for each visitor, then you will probably break even by renting event tents, chairs and folding tables for the fair. If you and your neighbors would like to host a street fair and do it inexpensively, there are three types of fairs that tend to draw a crowd. Street Performances Invite your neighbors out for street performances. Dancers, musicians, actors and mimes can all participate, and everyone will have a pleasant time being entertained by the talent in your neighborhood. If necessary, you can build small wooden platforms as stages, but most dancers and actors will not need them. Small event tents placed back to back in the center of the street and filled with whatever chairs you can rent or find will allow visitors to sit and watch any of the performances that line the sides of the street. Just be sure to plan ahead for your street’s event and secure any necessary permits from your city to host the event. Since street fairs block off the flow of traffic, all of your neighbors whose properties will be blocked because of the fair need to agree to it, even if they do not participate.  Art Fairs Many local art fairs are popular events, but you can host a weekly or monthly art fair right on your street. Patrons and visitors alike can browse the wares of the artists in your neighborhood, who might not otherwise have a way to display and sell their wares. Event tents may be offered for the going rate of a daily rental fee to the artists, or the artists can choose to display their wares in the open air and sunshine instead of under the roof of an event tent. Ethnic Food Festivals Like many neighborhoods, you probably have several ethnicities and nationalities represented. If each of your ethnic neighbors would like to share some traditional dishes that they enjoy during the holidays, everyone can taste foods from around the world. In this particular street fair, most of your cooks would need to rent an event tent for a few hours (especially if you live in a colder part of the U.S.) and probably some tables and chairs as well. Small fees to the event to cover the cost of groceries and rentals should help make this festival not only an enjoyable and delicious one, but also an inexpensive one. If you’re interested in an event tent,...