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Noise Pop Block Party Showcases Local Food

August 15, 2016 • 4 mins read
Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson


If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know that we think local events are great opportunities for local businesses to interact with their communities. This weekend, a number of Mission District businesses will be doing just that at Noise Pop’s annual 20th Street Block Party. Indeed, the Mission Creek Merchants Association will be rocking a booth. Saturday’s Noise Pop Block Party is expected to draw 15,000 – 20,000 people—so there’ll be a lot of opportunity to get the word out!

The music and food festival is a free event, from noon to 6 PM, though there is a suggested donation of $5 – 10 upon entrance. Proceeds will benefit the local Mission Language and Vocational School (MLVS).  This year the Noise Pop Block Party is on more blocks, specifically both 20th and 19th Streets between Bryant and Harrison, as well as Florida and Alabama Streets.

“20th Street Block Party is really our love letter to our neighborhood,” says Noise Pop’s Dawson Ludwig. “This little neighborhood is filled with some of the most charming, creative individuals and businesses in the city. We’ve had our offices in the neighborhood for over a decade, and we’ve watched it change with the city—but we’ve also watched the neighborhood hold onto the best parts of itself, its community, arts, and family. We feel like this area is a microcosm of how ‘progress’ and tradition can successfully interact.

Noise Pop food vendorsLocal food vendors, like flour + water, Burma Bear, Farmhouse Kitchen, and Universal Café, will be offering libations and comestibles, from cupcakes and popsicles to tamales and halal tacos. The block party offers three stages with live music with bands from near (Los Angeles) and far (Australia). The Bandwagon stage is hosting local-only acts, SF’s Spooky Mansion and Oaklanders Hazel English and Madeline Kenney.

Noise Pop Block Party revelries

Mutiny Radio will be broadcasting live during the festivities, presiding over Community Helping Community from 10 AM – 2 PM, during which folks can bring their “cool things that need new homes, to trade and share with neighbors.” At 2 PM, everything will be donated to Community Thrift. Afterwards, there will be interviews, live radio performances, and comedy (including an open mic).

Joining the merriment will be Rocket Dog Rescue, hosting an adoption zoo, Community Music Center, hosting an instrument petting zoo, and SF Lowrider Council, hosting a display of “choice classic and modern cars.”

It’s a community party, so of course there’s a mural project. ArtSpan, a nonprofit that runs SF Open Studios, youth and adult education, and art-centric events, will have a workshop tent open all day. Starting at noon, party-goers can help Joshua Coffy re-interpret an original small scale work into a large scale collaborative one. From 3 – 6 PM attendees will learn how to create “custom-made superhero capes from recycled t-shirts.”

Not enough art for you? Southern Exposure and 24k Studios will both host installations as well.

The DIY-focused Workshop SF will also be offering classes, “Old School Summer Camp Crafts,” “Mini Yarn Wall Hangings,” and more. For more details, check out the Noise Pop Block Party site.

Noise Pop knows how to host a party—by also having a before party and after party. The pre-party will be Thursday, August 18 at the California Academy of Sciences Nightlife, from 6 PM to 10 PM. The after party happens, appropriately enough, right after the 20th Street Block Party, at Southern Pacific Brewing Co., until midnight.

Music promoter Noise Pop has been a San Francisco institution practically since it was established in 1993. The organization also produces the Treasure Island Music Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Noise Pop partners with various organizations, venues and institutions to produce events throughout the year including the SF MOMA, California Sunday Magazine and Academy of Sciences.

Mission Language and Vocational School is a local private, non-profit community education and workforce development center, providing occupational skills training and Vocational English as a Second Language to primarily Latino, unemployed and working-poor immigrants and their families, as well as other underserved groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the programs offered is culinary arts (with a catering operation as economic development), so MLVS will be one of the many food vendors on hand.

It’s worth noting that the organizers are offering parking to residents with addresses on the direct festival route where a driveway or garage will be blocked. For more information send an email to

To stay up to date on Noise Pop Block Party news, visit the 20th Street Block Party Facebook event page.

Noise Pop Block Party

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