If you’re looking for a place to unwind after the rush of the holidays, here’s some good news: You don’t have to go far. There’s local fun – from low-key to all-out – right around the corner. However you want to start the new year, start it on Main Street.
Wisconsin Local Food Summit
Jan. 12 – 13, 2017
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Now in its 11th year, the Wisconsin Local Food Summit brings local businesses, farms and residents together in support of local food. The two-day event is organized by the Wisconsin Local Food Network, which supports sustainable farms and other food businesses throughout the state. More information about this year’s summit is available from Historic Downtown La Crosse.
Food Truck-N-Flick Night
Jan. 14, 2017
A classic car cruise-in, gourmet food vendors and live music will kick off the Food Truck-N-Flick Night in downtown Leesburg. Then, once the sun goes down, a 24-foot outdoor screen will play a family-friendly movie, The Secret Life of Pets. More information is available from the Leesburg Partnership.
The Power of Local
Jan. 25, 2017
If you’re a local business owner, then The Power of Local is an event just for you. A one-day retreat for small business owners, The Power of Local will feature interactive workshops, lunch from local restaurants and a keynote address from Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. More information is available from the Austin Independent Business Alliance.
The Night of Ideas
Jan. 26, 2017
Santa Monica, California
The Night of Ideas will take place near downtown Santa Monica, but it will connect various parts of the world. The free event is billed as a 7-hour marathon of debates, live performances, art installations and more. The global event is held in 40 cities simultaneously to bring together diverse groups of people around the theme “A World In Common.” More information is available from Buy Local Santa Monica.
Fire & Ice Festival
Jan. 28, 2017
Mount Holly, New Jersey
Warm your spirits with some local cheer in historic downtown Mount Holly. The annual Fire & Ice Festival will feature more than a dozen amateur and professional ice carvers from up and down the East Coast. There will also be a chili cook-off to really bring the heat. More information is available from Main Street Mount Holly.
Main Street events give local residents and visitors alike an opportunity to spend quality time downtown. At the start of the new year, these events are a reminder that Main Street fills an important position in each community, driving local business growth and adding cultural value. For more details, find a Main Street organization in your community through the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) or your local chamber of commerce.
Independent We Stand is dedicated to helping independent businesses across the country engage their communities and encouraging customers to buy local. If you’re a business owner, get buy local resources, tips and news by registering for a business membership. Your business will also be included in our ‘locals only’ search engine and mobile app. If you’re a consumer, take the pledge to buy local to join the movement.