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Swinging, swaying and music playing at Oakland Park's Dancing in the Street

Forget block parties: At Oakland Park’s annual bash Dancing in the Street, the festival stretches a mile long.

Food trucks, live bands, roving performers and other loud and tasty diversions will span Oakland Park’s eight-block Main Street this Friday, Jan. 26, between Oakland Park Boulevard and the Funky Buddha Brewery (on Northeast 38th Street). The second annual Dancing in the Street is a supersized offshoot of the city’s last-Friday-of-the-month Music on Main Street, which features one act performing in front of Oakland Park City Hall.

“It’s Music on Main Street, but amped up and elevated,” says Christine Najac, an event producer for Oakland Park’s Community Redevelopment Agency. “People love seeing bigger and better, and we’ll have plenty of food and different genres of music to get them dancing.”

Najac, responsible for growing Oakland Park’s visual appeal in the Culinary Arts District, says Dancing in the Street is a way to lure foot traffic to new downtown businesses.

To that end, some 15 restaurants and bars will participate in the party, including Switchbox Coffee Roasters, Jupiter Donuts, Pink Sub, El Guanaco Taqueria and Benson’s Bakeshop. New this year is a 1,000-square-foot pop-up urban park in front of Allied Kitchen and Bath, decorated with Astroturf, Adirondack chairs and a new mural by Oakland Park artists Stoked on Salt and Art Buzz, which will be painted using beach debris at the event.

Six musicians will also perform on six Main Street stages: Switchbox Coffee will host the Afro-Cuban funk outfit Murph Aucamp Quartet. Meanwhile, City Hall will feature disco and Motown sounds from headliner Pocket Change, while blues singer-guitarist Joel DaSilva will hold court in front of the post office. On the festival’s southern end, Mouth Tape will offer ‘90s alternative rock near Big Dog Station, while Alberte’s Restaurant on the northern end will feature ‘70s dance from Synthesis Band.

Much of Main Street will be closed down for the festival, but visitors can park for free along Dixie Highway and Northeast 38th Street, in the Funky Buddha parking lot and in the open lot behind Big Dog Station.

Dancing in the Street will take place 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, along Northeast 12th Avenue (Main Street) between Oakland Park Boulevard and Northeast 38th Street. Admission is free. Call 954-630-4240, or go to OaklandParkFL.gov.

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