‘Fifth Avenue Fest’ Will Celebrate One Of St. Cloud’s Oldest Streets
ST. CLOUD - St. Cloud's 5th Avenue will come alive with activity tomorrow (Saturday). The 2nd "Fifth Avenue Fest" features music, history, and food.
The event runs from noon until 4:00 p.m. from Pioneer Place in downtown St. Cloud to Barden Park.
- Tour historic downtown Fifth Avenue, including DB Searles and Pioneer Place, the Petters block, Opera House and more; with local history expert Bill Morgan.
- Extended St. Cloud Area Farmer’s Market in the Ladyslipper parking lot along Division Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
- Youth Shelter Supply presenting skateboarding demonstrations and activities at City Hall parking lot.
- Root beer floats and tours at First Presbyterian Church in celebration of the congregation’s 150th anniversary.
- A look into the traditions of the St. Cloud Islamic Center, hosted by members.
- Community Garden-based refreshments, boutique and comfort stop at the Welcome Center, Coborn’s Plaza. Apartment tours. Historic photo display of former Streetcar Maintenance Building site.
- 398 Fifth Ave. S. – “The Castle,” early south side neighborhood home and in more recent years home to generations of St. Cloud State student renters.
- 503 5th Avenue -- The “Gingerbread House” 1850’s home, St. Cloud’s oldest remaining home scheduled for restoration.
- The St. Cloud State Community Garden.
- 520 Fifth Ave. S. The SCSU Women’s Center located in the historic Gaples Home.
- 605 Fifth Ave. S. The Martin Home, one of many grand south side homes designed by prominent architect A.E. Albert Hussey, this stately yellow brick is now an office with rental. Beautiful stained glass and ornate woodwork remain intact in portions of the interior.
- #15 711 5th – The Hyde/Eastman Home.
- Barden Park – Established before St. Cloud was incorporated, Barden Park is among Minnesota parks. Once the center of the city’s social scene, it now stands as a visual link between the historic south side neighborhood and the university. The park will come alive with music from Twin Cities band Skunk Hollow, a blue grass-inspired folk group with local ties (St. Cloud Cathedral graduate Chris Mathews and three fellow St. John’s graduates perform with singer/actor Summer Hagen). A number of other local musicians will play at the park and up and down Fifth Avenue. The park also will feature children’s activities led by neighborhood families and GREAT Theatre actors; Stearns History Museum-provided fun history games and displays along with games and refreshments.
The event is planned in conjunction with the "Takin It To The Streets" outdoor evening concert near Pioneer Place. Gates to that event open at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday), with the music starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets to this event are $40 each.