The crowds began to arrive before Circuit avenue had even closed to traffic Saturday morning, as vendors hurried to fold their last few T-shirts and set out their booth signs. Tivoli Day, the pedestrian-only street fair, was underway.

An annual event in Oak Bluffs for more than three decades, Tivoli Day is an unofficial summer sendoff and a welcome to the shoulder season. It’s a chance for dining al fresco, with sidewalk cafes set up at nearly every restaurant, enjoying good music, and maybe finding a steal at one of the many close-out sales.

This year’s Tivoli Day was well-attended by both vendors and visitors. More than 100 vendors set up shop, an increase of about 25 per cent over last year, according to Oak Bluffs Association executive director Christine Todd. Ms. Todd and association board president Dennis DaRosa were out at 10 p.m. Friday night marking out spots for vendors.

Crowds were steady throughout the day Saturday. Ms. Todd said it was a “tremendous turnout — so many people came out.”

She added: “It was really a remarkable day, and everyone was so worried about the weather report because it was calling for rain.” The morning’s overcast skies gave way to a brisk fall day.

Tivoli Day’s entertainment did not disappoint, with the Nashville Hit Makers stopping by for a performance and a songwriting workshop. Local favorites Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, Phil DaRosa and DCLA all performed as well.

Toward the end of the day, a wedding party emerged from the Union Chapel and began to groove to DCLA’s set.

“That was so much fun to see them walk out and dance,” Ms. Todd said. “I’m sure it made their wedding all that more special.”