Public invited to Rio Street Fair Saturday, July 16

July 11, 2016

The public is invited to a Rio Street Fair in the Northside Swim Center parking lot this Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Fair, hosted by the NISD Aquatics Department, includes more than 50 local vendors, youth sports organizations, swim gear, and Olympic-themed activities. Passes are not required to attend.

The event coincides with Observation Day for the United States Olympic Team, which is currently holding training camp at the Northside Swim Center before competing in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

All advance passes for the Observation Day training session have been distributed and none will be available the day of the event. But, the Rio Street Fair will include a viewing tent with monitors for visitors to watch a live stream of the action inside the Swim Center during Observation Day. The livestream will also be available at

In order to receive advance passes, spectators donated brand-new backpacks. Those who wanted a chance to attend an autograph session with the Olympians filled the backpacks with school supplies. The thousands of backpacks and school supplies that were donated through the “Backpacking to Rio Drive” went to the Northside Benevolence Closet which distributes items to students in need.

The Northside Swim Center opened in June 2013 and the state-of-the-art outdoor facility is the only one of its kind in the central United States. It is located at the Farris Athletic Complex on Loop 1604 between Bandera and Hausman roads.

2015 was the “Year of Swimming” in Northside as the Swim Center hosted three national and one international championship competitions, including the Phillips 66 National Championships which brought the most-decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, to Northside.

For more information, call 397-7525. Any vendors that wish to participate in the Rio Street Fair, e-mail