BALTIMORE (WJZ) — For the second year in a row, there will be no Hampdenfest. Organizers on Friday announced the street festival known for toilet bowl races, live punk and indie rock, and an eclectic mix of vendors will not be back in 2021.
A major factor is the ongoing pandemic and the rise in cases attributed to the Delta variant of COVID-19.READ MORE: Foul Play Suspected In Death At Elkridge Hotel, Police Say
“While COVID vaccination rates in Baltimore City continue to remain low, and the emergence of variant forms of the virus have resulted in a disturbing uptick in cases, even among those fully vaccinated, we are not comfortable with the organizing of a large street festival,” organizers wrote in a blog post announcing the decision.READ MORE: Local Nonprofit, Restaurant Chain Provide 600 Meals To Camp Airy After Dining Hall Fire
The organizers also wrote they did not have enough time and money to organize the festival. In past years, planning and fundraising have begun in January for Hampdenfest, which is typically scheduled in September.
They also said they did not want to disrupt businesses and restaurants that have had to build spaces outside to accommodate customers.MORE NEWS: Scott Signs Bill Establishing Baltimore City Police Accountability Board
The festival, founded in 2002, is sponsored by the Hampden Village Merchants Association and the Hampden Community Council. The 2020 edition was also canceled due to COVID-19.