What makes a weekend festival on Main Street so memorable? Perhaps it’s the ambiance created by live music and diverse food, or maybe it’s the cause that a festival supports. No matter the details, local businesses are sure to make a strong showing. With their support, the weekend will be memorable, and the community will be stronger.
CarbondALE Brew Fest
May 5, 2017
While some Americans will celebrate May 5 with tacos and margaritas, residents and visitors in Carbondale can enjoy local and regional brews and live music. The annual CarbondALE Brew Fest raises funds for Carbondale Main Street and the Southern Illinois University Fermentation Science Institute. The event will feature craft beers and other libations from breweries, wineries and distilleries from nine states, including Illinois, Missouri and Louisiana. For more information, visit www.carbondalebrewfest.com.
Capital Arts Fest
May 6, 2017
Concord, New Hampshire
With activities scheduled from 8:30 a.m. through 8 p.m., the Capital Arts Fest packs a cultural punch. The festival begins with a farmers’ market and continues with walking tours, live music, a petting zoo and more. In true celebration of local culture, New Hampshire-born comedian Juston McKinney will headline the event. More information is available from www.concordmainstreetproject.com.
May 6, 2017
Downtown Frederick’s annual celebration of spring takes the form of a daylong festival with Mayfest. The event promises to be a “photographer’s dream,” showcasing local art, paper umbrellas and balloons along downtown streets. Additionally, the festival will feature sidewalk chalk artists, live entertainment and a create-your-own bouquet program with local merchants offering flowers. More information is available from www.downtownfrederick.org.
Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival
May 11, 2017
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Just outside Biloxi, the coastal town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, boasts more than 100 restaurants and nightlife venues. A selection of those venues will be showcased in the elegant Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival. Live music will complement the local food and beverages. More information is available at www.oceanspringschamber.com.
North Carolina Potato Festival
May 20-21, 2017
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
The North Carolina Potato Festival celebrates an important part of the region’s agricultural economy. Amusement rides, food vendors live music, a potato-peeling contest and more will fill this weekend-long event. The weekend will culminate with a street dance and fireworks on Main Street. For more information, visit www.ecdowntown.com.
In May and throughout the year, Main Street helps make memories. Find a downtown event in your community by connecting with your local Main Street organization or chamber of commerce.