First Friday streetfest promises new nightlife options

ST. GEORGE — On the first Friday of every month beginning in June St. George Main Street will close between Tabernacle and St. George Boulevard from 6-10 p.m. for “George Streetfest on Main” as local artists, performers, crafters and vendors line the street to provide a variety of options for food, fun and shopping downtown.

Flyer for the George Streetfest, St. George, Utah, undated | Image courtesy of the George Streetfest, St. George News
Flyer for the George Streetfest, St. George, Utah, undated | Image courtesy of the George Streetfest, St. George News

The St. George City Council voted Thursday to approve this new monthly event beginning June 5.

“’George Streetfest on Main’ celebrates the rich and diverse culture of our community and is designed to support local artists, performers and businesses,” said Melynda Thorpe, event designer and manager of Emceesquare Media and Events. “The purpose of this event is also to provide a significant nightlife option for residents and tourists.”

Components of the monthly event include a live street concert on an elevated stage, a street market featuring goods of local artists, farmers and merchants, and interactive activities for participants.

The “George Passport to the City” program allows individuals to earn the chance to win prizes by visiting downtown shops open late on first Fridays, and the “George Jr. Treasure Hunt” will keep parents with young children busy finding clues that lead to prizes, games and activities. Also, the George Jazz Garden at Ancestor Square will feature live jazz music along with wine, beer and cheese for adults.

Flyer for the George Streetfest, St. George, Utah, undated | Image courtesy of the George Streetfest, St. George News
Flyer for the George Streetfest, St. George, Utah, undated | Image courtesy of the George Streetfest, St. George News

“It is exciting to see new energy coming to downtown with the addition of new businesses and a first Friday event,” said Nicki Pace, Downtown Merchants Group board president. “A monthly event like this will compliment what the city already offers, and bring it all together with a consistent downtown evening celebration.”

About Melynda Thorpe

Founder of Emceesquare Media & Events, Thorpe has provided public relations and promotional support for Southern Utah events including “The Gingerbread Tour,” “Kayenta Street Painting Festival,” “Art in Kayenta Festival,” “DOCUTAH International Film Festival,” and “Equality Utah South Celebration.” Her event designs include “Tuacahn Saturday Market,” “Great Big Barn Party for Big Brothers Big Sisters,” the “2013 Heart Walk Foundation Gala,” and “DOCUTAH Media Experience” for reporters and film critics.

Sponsored by the City of St. George City, St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Historic Downtown Merchants, “George Streetfest” is designed to celebrate the best of Southern Utah.

Event details

  • What: “George Streetfest on Main”
  • When: First Friday of every month, beginning June 5, 6-10 p.m.
  • Where: St. George Main Street between Tabernacle and St. George Boulevard
  • Contact: george@emceesquare.com
  • Vendor and entertainer applications: cindy@emceesquare.com
  • Sponsorship opportunities: lil@emceesquare.com

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8 Comments

  • munchie April 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Wine, Beer and Cheese for adults right in the heart of downtown St. George?! Old Brigham must be rolling in his grave. I’ll drink to that.

    • sagemoon April 6, 2015 at 9:21 am

      *raising my glass with you*

  • tcrider April 4, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    its not really a festival unless there is alcohol with the live music, if they want to start having a night life, there has to be alcohol.

  • Free Parking April 5, 2015 at 11:23 am

    IT’S NOT NIGHT LIFE IF IT ENDS AT 10 PM……. LOL

  • beentheredonethat April 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Wine, cops, vendors, cops, artists, cops, beer, cops. Yeah, thats First Friday. And probably the last!

    • CaliGirl April 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Well if all the responsible adults that read SGN come out in force on the 1st First Friday, we can show that it can be done and it can be done well. I’ll drink to that! I hope SGN will be there to report on the success of the evening.

  • CaliGirl April 5, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Send the No Filter guys. Tell Paul we won’t make too much fun of him. We can put his Purgatory mug shot on tees, sell them and contribute the proceeds to charity!

    • ladybugavenger April 6, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Sounds fun… I promise I won’t ask too many questions, like, what did you do to get a photo taken like that? Is this inside reporting?…no filter: Inside Purgatory

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