By Alex Gladu, Writer, Independent We Stand
There’s so much more to fall than pumpkin patches and trick-or-treating. This month, find unique opportunities for fun in your community by heading out to Main Street. There, you can enjoy local restaurants, shop in local stores and encounter all the local entertainment that your community has to offer.
Festival at the Switchyard
Saturday, November 7, 2015
On the fringes of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, the Festival at the Switchyard brings local fun to big audiences. The event is all about celebrating the history of the railroad, which put Carrollton on the map and keeps it connected with the rest of the state and the region. This year, a day full of festival rides, games and concerts culminates with a show by 3 Doors Down. The festival’s location in downtown Carrollton is convenient, with free parking available and Dallas area public transportation nearby.
Certified Local Fall Festival
Saturday, November 14, 2015
If you’re in the Phoenix area, you can take your own public transportation system to the Certified Local Fall Festival on Portland Parkway in downtown. The festival is an annual celebration of all things local to Arizona, featuring more than 100 local vendors, a beer and wine garden and children’s activities. The festival is an all-day event, but if you should up early, you could get even more local fun out of the day: The first 500 attendees will get a gift bag stuffed with goodies and freebies from more than 50 local businesses.
Osceola Fall Arts Festival
Saturday, November 14-Sunday, November 15, 2015
A tradition going on 50 years, the Osceola Fall Arts Festival celebrates the local artists who bring a unique flair to central Florida all year long. Lining the streets of downtown Kissimmee, more than 100 local artists will show off their work and share their stories with residents and visitors alike. The annual event attracts more than 10,000 people year after year.
Christmas on Main
Saturday, November 21, 2015
The holiday season starts early on Main Street in Middletown, Delaware. Christmas on Main brings all kinds of holiday-themed, family-friendly activities to Main Street, including a Christmas parade and a visit from Frozen characters Anna, Elsa and Olaf. There will also be photo opportunities — so head downtown with the whole family to get a head start on your Christmas cards!
The Big, Bright Light Show’s 10th Anniversary
Monday, November 23, 2015
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, downtown Rochester’s local businesses will get a festive glow. Starting on November 23, the buildings in downtown will be illuminated with more than 1 million colorful lights. The result is a bright and festive downtown skyline that brings local businesses to the center of attention. The lights will be on display throughout the holiday season, but don’t miss the chance to celebrate when the Big, Bright Light Show kicks off.
Among all the local fun that’s going on this month, don’t forget about the biggest local business holiday of the year. Small Business Saturday will take place on November 28. Mark your calendars now to take full advantage of local business promotions and celebrations in your community!
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Alex recently graduated the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with B.A.s in Journalism and Spanish. Since becoming a writer for Independent We Stand, she has fully adopted the ‘buy local’ lifestyle. Her favorite indie business is Sugarland, a bakery in Chapel Hill, N.C, where she has been known to go a little cupcake crazy. She hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in nonprofit or political communication.