2019 First Friday Themes Announced!

First Fridays in downtown Marietta 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 experiences for our whole community to enjoy.

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 lineup of First Fridays in downtown Marietta! Through brainstorming sessions with our downtown businesses and coordination by our First Friday Committee, we are proud to offer a fun, dynamic, and unique lineup of themes. 

Check out the list below, including links to our Facebook events for each, and get excited to invite your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors and more to spend each and every First Friday in 2019 in the heart of our community. 


2019 FIRST FRIDAY THEMES

JANUARY: FIRE & ICE NIGHT
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Ice sculptures will be staged throughout downtown. Fire-themed refreshments, drinks, and activities will be staged throughout downtown as well.

FEBRUARY: SHARE THE LOVE
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Downtown businesses will feature exclusive specials and promotions uplifting the season of love for all visitors to downtown for this event. 

MARCH: READING RAINBOW
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March’s First Friday theme celebrates Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's Birthday. There will be reading stations throughout Downtown and lots of literary fun to be had!

APRIL: MARIETTA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
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Cake, celebration, & history! Our community will join together to share our love for Marietta, who is turning 231 years old in 2019!

MAY: GARDEN PARTY
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May's First Friday is Garden Party, featuring a return of the 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.

JUNE: KIDS ART WALK
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June's First Friday is Kids Art Walk, featuring artwork from our local students in Washington County! 

JULY: FINE ART WALK
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This month, we celebrate the fine & performance art community in Marietta by highlighting public art, local art groups, local artists, art galleries, and more!

AUGUST: DOWNTOWN ART WALK
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August's First Friday is a special Downtown Art Walk, with a twist! Stay tuned to learn more, we are eager to share details in coming months!

SEPTEMBER: STERNWHEEL FESTIVAL
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September's First Friday is the first day of the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival! Enjoy extended shopping hours, special promotions and activities throughout all of downtown.

OCTOBER: FALL FESTIVAL
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October's First Friday is Fall Fest, featuring a Fall Festival on the lawn of the Armory with lots of games, pop-up tents, and fun activities.

NOVEMBER: WHO’S YOUR HERO?
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This night, we will honor all of our heroes, whether they are first responders, those serving our country, movie or comic characters, or those who inspire us the most!

DECEMBER: MOONLIGHT MADNESS
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December's First Friday is a favorite for all of Marietta to enjoy! Shops are open EXTRA late for Moonlight Madness, some staying open straight through 'til midnight! 

Email us at sam@mariettamainstreet.org if you or your business are interested in sponsoring one of our fantastic First Friday events!

 

First Friday: Future Pioneers

Join Marietta Main Street downtown this weekend for First Friday: Future Pioneers, sponsored by Marietta College! From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. this Friday, Marietta College will have activities set up on the Armory lawn throughout the evening, while shops host special in-store events. 

Marietta College will also be hosting a giveaway, which shoppers can enter by bringing their receipts from the evening to the Armory Lawn. For each receipt purchase made at a downtown business during First Friday, they will be entered to win a prize basket full of Marietta College goodies. Many shops downtown additionally offer a 10% discount for Marietta College students, a year long partnership to encourage students to engage with downtown. 

“We are very excited to partner with Marietta College for this event,” said LauraPytlik, Owner of Wit & Whimzy and Chair of Marietta Main Street’s First Friday Committee. “Future Pioneers is shaping up to be a fun evening for families and and an excellent opportunity to visit the downtown shops and businesses.”

With local businesses gearing up for the holiday shopping season, First Friday is a great way to get an early start on checking off items on that Christmas list. “We have such a wonderful variety of shopping and services available in our downtown core,” said Sarah Arnold, Board President for Marietta Main Street. “This year we’ve welcomed a number of new businesses as well, making every First Friday an opportunity for shoppers to find something new!”

Details can be found on the event’s Facebook page. First Fridays are monthly events that showcase the best of Marietta and allow the community to take advantage of extended shopping hours. 

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