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.
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.
“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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vendor and entertainer applications: email@example.com
- Sponsorship opportunities: firstname.lastname@example.org
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