Bikes, barbecue and a bounce house will join the bands and beer at Park Street Fest this weekend. Now in its third year, the Arena District street party is adding more food and family fun to complement the live-music lineup.

Bikes, barbecue and a bounce house will join the bands and beer at Park Street Fest this weekend. Now in its third year, the Arena District street party is adding more food and family fun to complement the live-music lineup.

"What's the point of having a free event if it's not busy all the time?" asked event director Randy Haffey. "Last time we spent so much time focusing on the nightlife, so the question was how do we make this thing off-the-hook for 24 hours?"

To do

Bike Fest, a new addition, centers on an interesting concept - a charity poker run on motorcycles. It's sort of like a treasure hunt where players travel over a preplanned route and draw playing cards at designated stops. The object is to have the best hand by the end of the course.

A raffle and Harley-Davidson bike display will be available for those who just want to watch.

A Kids Fair will keep the little ones entertained Saturday afternoon with face painting, balloon artists, games and prizes, along with a children's book reading and signing by NFL linebacker Mike Vrabel.

Both the Kids Fair and the Bike Fest are benefits for The Second and Seven Foundation. The charity, founded by former Buckeyes Vrabel, Luke Fickell and Ryan Miller, tackles children's literacy.

Also on Saturday, the North Market will present its Grillmasters event. Barbecue lovers will find a sauce contest, grilling demonstrations and other tastings from North Market vendors.

To consume

Aside from the barbecue at Grillmasters, Park Street Fest will feature fare from several North Market vendors, along with carnival food at the Kids Fair.

To quench your thirst, beer and liquor stations up and down Park Street will sell drinks from fest sponsors like Miller Lite, Jim Beam and Bacardi.

If you'd prefer to drink indoors, Arena District favorites including Park Street Patio and Sugar Bar will be open for business. Beer bargain-hunters should look for the special mug sale at Alive's booth; the $5 mugs can be refilled at a discount all weekend.

To watch

Headlining this year's live-music lineup are Seattle alt-rockers Candlebox. The group was known for an explosive live show during their '90s heyday and last summer released Into the Sun, their first album in a decade.

The main event on Friday is Chicago's energetic hip-hop/R&B group 17th Floor. Other performances include pop-rockers LoveSick Radio and Bourbon Kings, as well as DJ N.A.T.E.

Downplay's hard rock will kick things off on Saturday, followed by the power-pop of Chicago's Dot Dot Dot and local rockers Saving Jane.