Start your new year off with something sweet or savory, cold or warm—doesn’t matter, as long as it’s local. This month, Main Streets across the country will host their first events of the new year, and they’re putting local flavors and pastimes front and center. From craft brews to homemade comfort food, these downtown events shouldn’t be missed.
Downtown Springfield Ice Invasion
January 17-20, 2020
You may have seen winter invade Massachusetts before, but you’ve never seen it look so artistic. For this annual event, more than a dozen ice sculptures will be on display throughout the downtown area. The Ice Invasion is expected to draw thousands of spectators, who can share their snaps and selfies with the artwork on Instagram with #BeDowntownSpringfield. More information is available from Springfield Downtown.
Brews, Blues, Bourbon & BBQ
January 18, 2020
The name of this event says it all: Enjoy local craft beers, wine, bourbon flights and cocktails, along with live blues music and BBQ. Admission is free, and kids are welcome. The event will feature a kids zone that includes face painting and lawn games. Best of all, attendees will get to spend an afternoon in historic downtown Stuart. Learn more from Stuart Main Street.
January 24-25, 2020
Concord, New Hampshire
Celebrate winter with s’mores, hot cocoa and more during Winter Fest. This annual event will coincide with the local Black Ice Hockey Tournament and will feature ice carving demos, corn hole, relay races and other activities. Winter Fest is free and open to the public. More details are available from Intown Concord.
Downtown Kalamazoo Chili Cook-Off
January 25, 2020
Warm up the season with the 15th annual chili cook-off in downtown Kalamazoo. This free, community event invites attendees to explore downtown shops and restaurants while tasting local chili recipes. The Holly Jolly Chili Trolleys will transport attendees to all the tasting locations, so it’s easy to see all of downtown, even on a cold, January day. Learn more from Downtown Kalamazoo.
Asheville Hot Chocolate Races
January 25, 2020
Asheville, North Carolina
Bundle up for the 13th annual Asheville Hot Chocolate Races, featuring a 5k, 10k, Kids Hill Climb and Marshmallow Dash. Every runner will get to enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate at the finish line thanks to the local chocolatier, French Broad Chocolates. The event benefits the local Isaac Dickson Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. More information is available from Asheville Hot Chocolate Races.
Want to find a Main Street event near you? Connect with your local Main Street organization or downtown business association to see what’s going on in your community.