Have you visited Main Street lately? This month, the school year will wind down, the temperatures will trend up and the local fun will be all around. Main Street events are a great source of family fun, but they also hold a special role in the local economy. Street fairs, ladies’ nights and bar crawls encourage residents to visit their local businesses, which drive the local economy through continuous reinvestment and job creation. In other words, the craft beer you casually decide to taste-test this month could generate to higher local tax revenue and more stable employment in the area.
Darlington Canoe Festival
June 8-11, 2017
A tradition for more than 50 years, the Darlington Canoe Festival is a “community homecoming,” welcoming current and past residents of the community, as well as visitors to the area. The four-day festival schedule includes a canoe race along the Pecatonica River, Little League baseball and softball tournaments, road races, a talent show and much more. Learn more at www.darlingtonwi.org.
Downtown Littleton Block Party
June 10, 2017
The Downtown Littleton Block Party is anything but little. Now in its 13th year, the June block party will offer visitors live music on six different stages, plus a specialty car show and a fireworks display. The event is organized by the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association, which has more information at www.downtownlittleton.com.
June 10, 2017
An annual event, the Strawberry Festival in downtown Billings welcomes summer with, among other things, a 60-foot-long strawberry shortcake. The one-day festival will feature a diverse collection of food trucks, fresh produce, live music and free kid-friendly crafts and activities. More information is available at www.downtownbillings.com.
June 16-17, 2017
Pocomoke City, Maryland
After a last-minute cancellation due to logistics last year, Pocomoke City’s annual Cypress Festival is back on for 2017. This year, the 42nd annual Cypress Festival will feature a BBQ competition, a donut-eating competition, a duck derby, a petting zoo and more. The event promises to be family-friendly. For more information from the Pocomoke Area Chamber of Commerce, visit www.pocomokechamber.com.
Nashville Predators Craft Beer Festival
June 24, 2017
Whether their team wins the Stanley Cup this year or not, Nashville Predators fans will have something to celebrate later this month. The Predators’ craft beer festival bills itself as the “coolest beer festival in town.” Tickets to the event will score you a souvenir glass, unlimited tastings of craft beers and two upper level tickets to Predators pre-season game in September. It all benefits Middle Tennessee nonprofits and community programs through the Nashville Predators Foundation. More information is available at www.nashvilledowntown.com.
As much as they offer fun to local residents, Main Street events also give back. They support nonprofits, community programs and the local economy. Enjoy a community tradition, while supporting the community’s future by attending an event on your Main Street this month.