The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (www.poboyfest.com) is free to attend, but this year, patrons who want to buy food from festival vendors at the Carrollton area street party have to buy a $5 wristband.
The 11-year-old festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, on Oak Street between South Carrollton and Leake avenues and on Leonidas Street from Oak to Willow Street.
Wristband sales support vendors and musicians and also benefit the Son of a Saint (www.sonofasaint.org) youth mentorship program. Wristbands are not required to purchase alcoholic beverages.
"We are happy to keep the festival free to enter and, in fact, we welcome everyone from our neighborhood, as well as from across the city and state," said Min Yang, co-president of the Oak Street Merchants, Residents and Property Owners. "We also needed to find a way to create a fund for future improvements, to grow Po-Boy Fest year over year for the foreseeable future."
Creative po-boys are the focus of the event, and restaurants and vendors include Boucherie, Bratz Y'all!, Crabby Jack's, Dunbar's Creole Cuisine, Jacques-Imo's Cafe, Red Fish Grill, Seither's Seafood, Walker's Southern Style BBQ and others.
The festival kicks off at 10:15 a.m. with a second line parade led by Coolbone Brass Band.
The festival main stage lineup includes King James and the Special Men, Brass-A-Holics, Robin Barnes & the Fiyabirds and others. Three smaller stages feature Michot's Melody Makers, Soul Brass Band, Bon Bon Vivant, Hill Country Hounds, Kettle Black and others.
There also are craft vendors at the festival.