First Friday February Round Up

First Fridays in downtown Marietta, OH are monthly snippets of the best our community has to offer. Our downtown shops are open late, our restaurants feature diverse menus, local musicians and artists are highlighted, and monthly themes offer a variety of unique, fun experiences for our whole community to enjoy.

February's First Friday is Wine & Chocolate Walk! Downtown businesses will feature exclusive specials and promotions uplifting the season of love for all visitors to downtown for this event.

An extra fun layer to this First Friday is the ticketed Wine & Chocolate Walk. Only 100 tickets will be sold to this part of the evening, and they've already sold out.

February 2018

Follow updates on Facebook by clicking here to access our First Friday event page: Wine & Chocolate Walk.


special events

+ Wine & Chocolate Walk: for ticket holders

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Downtown Marietta, Select Locations

What: 100+ lucky ticket holders will get to experience February's First Friday in style thanks to participating businesses downtown. Tickets to this portion of First Friday are sold out, but more information for ticket holders can be found on our Facebook event, linked above.

+ Wine & Chocolate Makerspace Event

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Building Bridges to Careers

What: Enjoy a delicious chocolate fountain with treats as you visit the new Epicenter Makerspace in Harmar. Activities like a Valentine Glass Bug Magnet and a 3-D printed heart bookmark will be offered. Learn more by clicking here.

+ slice of life bakery pop-up

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Twisted Sisters Boutique

What: Visit this shop on the corner of Front & Butler Streets to peruse the shelves and enjoy some sweet treats in the theme of Wine & Chocolate, thanks to Slice of Life Bakery. Learn more by clicking here.

+ Build Your Own Headband

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Green Acres of Marietta

What: You have heard of "Build a Bear Workshop." Well, this is "Build A Headband Bar"! All the components are made and ready to go, all you have to do is play! Design your own and it will put it together for you! Learn more by clicking here.


+ Unplugged at Over the Moon

Time: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Over the Moon Pub & Pizza

What: OTM will feature $2 Woodchuck Wine & Moon will perform original music. Live Music with Gunship 9 starts at 8 p.m.. Learn more by clicking here.

+ Acoustic music at jeremiah's

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Jeremiah's Coffee House

What: Enjoy live music by Steve & Bev Pottmeyer at our downtown coffee shop on Front Street.

+ Wine & Chocolate with The Brady Young Jazz Quartet

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: The Adelphia Music Hall

What: The Galley & Adelphia Music Hall are hosting a Wine and Chocolate pairing as part of our First Friday celebration! Join the fun at 6:00 PM for some fine wine, luxurious chocolate dishes and some great music from The Brady Young Jazz Quartet. Your $25 ticket includes 4 wine samples and 4 tapas offerings prepared by Chef Erling, as well as entrance to the late show! Learn more by clicking here.

+ Matt VanFossen Live

Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Marietta Wine Cellars

What: Matt VanFossen grew up in a small northern West Virginia panhandle town with one dream in mind — to become an entertaining country music artist like his idol Reba McEntire. Enjoy his music live with no cover charge. Learn more by clicking here.

+ Late Show: Newfeather & Friends

Time: 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Where: The Adelphia Music Hall

What: Join us after Wine and Chocolate for more music....ticket holders get free entrance! Tickets are only available at The Galley bar or at the door the night of the event for only $7.00! Learn more by clicking here.

+ Wine & chocolate cake, & live music

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: The River Town Grill

What: River Town Grill will offer chocolate cake bites to go with any glass of wine the customer chooses. Plus, they will feature live music courtesy of local musician Jake Binegar. 


+ valentine's day flowers pre-orders

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Passiflora

What: Swing by Passiflora in Harmar Village and place your bouquet orders just in time for Valentine's Day! Every pre-order made during First Friday will also receive a box of (1) dozen homemade heart cookies to go with the flowers.

+ Come "wine" about it!

Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Merle Norman & More

What: Sit down with the Merle Girls for a 5-minute cosmetic "wine" session to be entered to win a basket of their favorite wines and chocolates! Plus, the prize package includes select makeup: 1 Eyeshadow in the shade Chocolate, 1 Sparkling Wine Lip Pencil Plus, 1 Chocolate Mousse Lip Pencil Plus, and 1 Sharpener. Learn more by clicking here.

+ Hair Revolution Special Promotion

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Hair Revolution

What: This new downtown salon is offering a special promotion just for First Friday: 20% off services if you book during First Friday and products will be Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off.

+ colorful promotion at af & p

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: American Flags & Poles

What: Every person wearing red or pink who comes inside American Flags & Poles will receive 25% off one item. Exclusions apply.

+ Winter sale at Teri ann's

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Teri Ann's

What: Teri Ann's will be offering a super sweet deal during the hours of First Friday only: 60% off winter merchandise. 

+ Wine & Pizza

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: The Original Pizza Place

What: The Original Pizza Place is getting in the spirit of First Friday by offering not one but two special promotions during the hours of the event. First, enjoy ½ off bottles of wine with a whole pizza purchase. Second, enjoy ½ off their Brooklyn Blackout Cake slices with purchase of Large Sicilian Pizza or XL NY Style Pizza (maximum 4 pieces).

arts & culture

+ Wine, Chocolate, & film

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Peoples Bank Theatre

What: Step into the Theatre lobby and enjoy a sampling of Cabernet, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. If white wine suits your palate, perhaps you'll sip a Moscato or crisp Pinto Grigio. A delicious array of chocolates will be available to pair with your wines. Enjoy a flight of three wines and an endless supply of chocolate for just $10.00. Learn more by clicking here.

+ Art, wine, & chocolate

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Riverside Artists Gallery

What: Stroll down to the Riverside Artists Gallery for a taste of art with a little wine and chocolate on the side. The Gallery will feature art and gifts for family and friends, beverages, snacks, and a fun Valentine’s Day art project! Join in the fun as the Gallery shares their love of art so you can spread your love and art with those around you. Learn more by clicking here.

+ meet the author book signing

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Wit & Whimzy

What: Wit & Whimzy will host local fiction author Brian Bennett for a meet and greet book sale during February’s First Friday. Stop in to meet Brian and purchase inscribed copies of his paperback and hardcover novels. Brian is a Marietta College alumnus and lifelong resident of the Mid-Ohio Valley. In 2015, he published his debut novel, “The Magician’s Horses.” Four books later, he released his final volume of the “Misplaced Trilogy” in October 2017. Learn more by clicking here.

+ Always...Patsy Cline

Time: 8 p.m.

Where: Mid-Ohio Valley Players

What: It’s more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. Learn more by clicking here.