Beginning this summer, New York residents that also take interest in bitcoin will have access to an outdoor bitcoin fair, aptly named the NYC Bitcoin Fair.
According to the group organizing the fair, it starts on Sunday, June 15th — and if things go according to plan, it’s an event that could be held every week.
Described by the organizers:
We want to be able to provide a free Bitcoin event for the masses without the prohibitive ticket prices which most similar conferences/events entail. A typical event usually have to charge high ticket prices due to the rental of the venue, but we’re taking a different approach as the space already exists and open to the public. Many Bitcoin events around the world currently hosts Bitcoin companies and most of the time you can only spend your Bitcoins on mining hardware, but rarely do you see any local vendors selling food or local products for BTC.
The fair actually takes place within an already existing fair, the Hester Street Fair, which runs on Saturdays and Sundays in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Events include an Artisan Market (with vendors accepting bitcoin, of course), a Bitcoin Informational Booth, a crowd-funded bitcoin faucet, social meet-ups, a bitcoin crash course, a very own ‘mBits’ store (dollar store concept), a bitcoin bar (from local bars in the area that accept the digital currency), and even a bitcoin after party.
Over fifty vendors will be accepting bitcoin, which may make choosing where to shop all the more difficult!
It’s the perfect opportunity for enthusiasts to spend their coin, but also allows for newbies to become exposed to the digital currency – which has been growing rapidly over the last year.
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Individuals looking to attend the fair must RSVP, however, which some would say is a downside. There’s also an opportunity to pay $10 to RSVP and receive a goodie bag.
At the time of this writing, 19 tickets have been sold, with another 431 available. For more information about the event, you can visit the official website here.