First Friday: May Round Up

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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.

May's First Friday is Marietta Derby. While the horses are racing in Kentucky, downtown will welcome races of our very own and encourage shoppers to don their biggest and boldest hats as they shop and dine downtown.


May 2018

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Special Events

+ Marietta Derby

Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Armory Lawn

What: The Marietta Derby might be the most ridiculous, fun, AND community-minded event you've experienced in a long time! Join us to watch our competitors race against each other in full costume on the Armory lawn to raise money for their favorite local nonprofits. Come on down and place your "bets" by giving donations to your favorite "horse" or nonprofit! Click here to learn more.

+ Marietta Derby Photo Finish Booth

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

Where: Twisted Sisters Boutique

What: Giddy on up to watch Marietta Derby Races. Shop and enjoy the festivities in downtown Marietta. Show off your Derby attire with the Twisted Sisters Boutique Photo Booth and commemorate you and your friends' evening of fun! Click here to learn more.

+ get smart

Time: 8 p.m.

Where: Mid-Ohio Valley Players

What: This bright comedy-satire puts straight-faced Agent Maxwell Smart and the beautiful Agent 99 on a bizarre new case in which he must stop the sinister organization known as KAOS from blowing up the Statue of Liberty! Click here to learn more.

+ Myra and Elmyra book launch

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

Where: Jeremiah's Coffee House

What: Meet Author Tonya L. Davis and Illustrator Elisabeth A.R. Davis at the Premier of their new children's literature "Myra and Elmyra: A Tale of Two Sisters"! Click here to learn more.

+ Best Derby Hat Contest

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Riverside Artists Gallery

What: Don't forget to put on your Kentucky Derby Hat on Friday, May 4th. Riverside Artists Gallery is having a Best Derby Hat Contest with judging at 7:30 pm. A prize for the best hat will be awarded. The Gallery is also having an art show featuring watercolorist Karol Goldstein and ironwork from Betsy Cook. Enjoy bourbon slushes and appetizers while your peruse the Gallery! Click here to learn more.

+ derby Deals & Deep Discounts

Time: 5 p.m.

Where: Dad's Primitive Workbench

What: Come and checkout deep discounts on items such as All Fairy Garden items, Select Antiques, Select Lanterns, Sale Clothing, and Store Fixtures and so much more. Click here to learn more.

+ Horsing Around

Time: 5 p.m.

Where: Epicenter Makerspace

What: Visit the Epicenter Makerspace on Friday, May 4th for some horsing around. In honor of the Kentucky Derby the Makerspace will be putting all those used horseshoes to use. Come out and see what is happening at the Makerspace. Click here to learn more.

+ derby hat discount

Time: 5 p.m.

Where: The Cook's Shop

What: Any shopper wearing a Derby hat will receive a 10% discount off their total purchase!

+ We aren't horsing around sale

Time: 5 p.m.

Where: American Flags & Poles

What:  American Flags & Poles will have several items Buy 2 Get 1 Free, as well as a large selection of 50% Off, a T-shirt Sale, Candles, and Metal Butterflies. Click here to learn more.

+ Cardio Drumming

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: Armory

What:  Healthy Start Nutrition is hosting a cardio drumming session at the Armory. Join in for some fun, music, and drumming! Click here to learn more.


Live Music

+ Wine Up with the river town band

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

Where: Marietta Wine Cellars

What: The River Towne Band is an exciting, and versatile, high energy concert and dance band featuring Ted, Lisa, Theo, and Woodrow Hupp. Click here to learn more.

+ Charles Wesley Live

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

Where: Marietta Brewing Co.

What: Charles Wesley’s sound is shaped by the time weathered hills and hollers of his home. Charles is a singer-songwriter born and raised in West Virginia. Nowadays, if you want to find him, you’d look in any dive bar, café, or live music venue in Appalachia. Click here to learn more.

+ a slice of mov songwriters

Time: 8 p.m.

Where: Over the Moon Pub & Pizza

What: Enjoy live music with a Slice of Mid-Ohio Valley Songwriters for First Friday! Music starts at 8 p.m. PLUS—don't forget to don your biggest and boldest hats as you shop and dine downtown cuz it's Derby weekend! Click here to learn more.

+ the oak ridge boys

Time: 8 p.m.

Where: Peoples Bank Theatre

What: The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Click here to learn more.

+ flat tracker w/drift mouth and sean whiting

Time: 9 p.m.

Where: The Adelphia Music Hall

What: If you're a fan of gritty, honest Rock-N-Roll, this is a must see event! Flat Tracker will be joined by Drift Mouth and Sean Whiting. Tickets are available for purchase at The Galley,and day of at the door for only $7! Click here to learn more.


Featured Food & Drink

+ Town House

Drink: Kentucky Mule

Food: Pulled Pork "Your Way" BBQ Sandwich

+ the river town grill

Drink: Kentucky Bourbon | $3 each

Food: Open Face Roast Beef