2020 First Friday Themes Revealed

 
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Marietta Main Street is excited to announce our full lineup of 2020 First Friday events in downtown Marietta. Coordinated by the Promotions Committee of Main Street’s Board of Directors, downtown First Friday events take place the first Friday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. January through December. Highlights of these events include shops open late, local artists and musicians, area organizations, and various happenings tied into the theme of the First Friday.

Each First Friday is a celebration of our local community and an opportunity for locals, tourists, and area groups to show their support for our town, have fun, and enjoy the beauty of vibrant, historic downtown Marietta!

All First Friday events have various sponsorship opportunities.

  • Title Sponsor (1 per First Friday) $1,000: Be celebrated in all the ways as a premiere investor of downtown, Main Street, and our local community. Your organization/business will be tied directly to all First Friday marketing and promotion PLUS you can choose to be a part of the fun during First Friday, too!

  • Guest Sponsor (4 per First Friday) $250: Gain exclusive space at the Armory as a premiere participant in First Friday festivities.

  • Activity Sponsor (3 First Fridays) $600: This sponsor selects three First Friday events to setup downtown and host family-friendly activities, specifically for the kiddos.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of sponsoring one of Marietta’s First Friday events and/or would like to sign up to sponsor one or more, please reach out directly to the Main Street Director via email at director@mariettamainstreet.org or via phone at 740-885-8194.


2020 First Friday

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January: Fire & Ice Festival

Back for its fourth year, the Fire & Ice Festival will kick off the new year downtown with ice sculptures staged throughout and a s’mores pit at the Armory. Additional sponsorship opportunities exist for ice sculptures!

Sponsored by Glenwood Community.

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February: Love is in the Air

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we’ll be celebrating the season of love downtown! Shops will feature love-ly gifts, display themed window decorations, and you’ll have the chance to show off your big heart for #MyMarietta.

Sponsored by TBA.

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March: Shamrock & Roll

Head downtown for this music walk themed First Friday! Local musicians will be setup in downtown shops and St. Patrick’s Day flare will be on display.

Sponsored by TBA.

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April: Downtown Peep Show

Celebrate one of the season's most popular candies: Peeps! Downtown businesses will feature Peep Sculptures created by local groups and visitors will be able to judge! All sculptures will be entered to win a prize.

Sponsored by Memorial Health System

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May: Garden Party

Spring is almost here and downtown will be in full bloom ready to celebrate the change of seasons! Every time you shop local, you help downtown - and our whole community - grow, grow, grow!

Sponsored by TBA.

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June: Downtown Art Walk

Our summer First Friday series features art walks June, July, and August. Enjoy shops open late in the summer sunshine and support local businesses, artists, musicians, and more!

Sponsored by TBA.

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July: Downtown Art Walk

Our summer First Friday series features art walks June, July, and August. Enjoy shops open late in the summer sunshine and support local businesses, artists, musicians, and more!

Sponsored by TBA.

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August: Downtown Art Walk

Our summer First Friday series features art walks June, July, and August. Enjoy shops open late in the summer sunshine and support local businesses, artists, musicians, and more!

Sponsored by TBA.

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September: Back to School Bash

School is back in session and pride for our local schools will be flying high with school colors, flags, and more on the streets and in downtown shops. Get back to school supplies and visit your favorite local teams setup downtown.

Sponsored by WV Central Federal Credit Union

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October: Fall Fest

Embrace the changing of the seasons with downtown Fall Fest. Businesses will host fall displays, Halloween flare, and Homecoming swag for local schools.

Sponsored by WVU Parkersburg

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November: Community Harvest

Join us during this First Friday for a downtown-wide food drive and help feed our community in gratitude for all the support downtown receives year round.

Sponsored by Marietta Community Foundation

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December: Moonlight Madness

It's the most wonderful time of the year and downtown businesses will be open extra late until 11 p.m.! Holiday carolers will travel around, hot chocolate shops will be featured, and exclusive discounts and in-store specials will be highlighted for Moonlight Madness only.

Sponsored by TBA.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of sponsoring one of Marietta’s First Friday events and/or would like to sign up to sponsor one or more, please reach out directly to the Main Street Director via email at director@mariettamainstreet.org or via phone at 740-885-8194.

Find each one of our First Friday events on Facebook by visiting Marietta Main Street.