Hampdenfest is back on, organizers say

Hampdenfest is back on, organizers say

After facing cancellation because of a conflicting date with the Star-Spangled Spectacular downtown, Hampdenfest, the longtime street fair held on The Avenue, is back on, pushed from its original date of Sept. 13 to Sept. 20.

Rachel Whang, a co-owner at Atomic Books who helps to organize Hampdenfest, confirmed the new date via email. (Full disclosure: Whang asked me to be a "celebrity judge" for the karaoke contest at last year's festival. Insert a joke about the loose meaning of "celebrity" here).

She wrote that City Council members Mary Pat Clarke and Nick Mosby reached out immediately after the initial cancellation was announced to offer whatever they...