RB St FairStrolling street performers, busking troubadors and “Fair Fare” favorites are under the sun this Sunday, September 7, as the Red Bank Street Fair transforms the downtown district into a merry midway.

Is it a last-tango taste of that warm-weather interlude marked by Riverfests and Sidewalk Sales and music/movies in the park? Or, is it an early harbinger of that autumnal season of Oysterfests and Halloween Parades and Town Lighting singalongs?

The world may truly never get to the bottom of that controversy — but rather than brooding about it, why not enjoy the moment and stroll on over to the Red Bank Street Fair, the annual block party benefit for the Red Bank Fire Department that pitches its tents this Sunday, September 7. Between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm, the northernmost blocks of Broad Street and the easternmost portion of Monmouth Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, and commandeered by an event that promises “over 200 artists, crafters and vendors including many of your favorites.”

There’s more to be found under the sun and on the street, including a sonic smorgasbord of live music, strolling-sideshow variety acts and a selection of rides, games and activities for the kiddies. Even if the majority of vendors tend toward the not-local, a good portion of proceeds go to the worthiest of hyper-local causes: the ongoing operations of Red Bank’s all-volunteer crew of emergency responders. And of course, while you’re out and about, feel free to stop in at your neighborhood merchant of choice.