In a plan to avoid burnout, Carbondale Main Street will cut back on its Friday Night Fairs this summer and rebrand them Fourth Friday Fairs. A number of other communities, including Cape Girardeau and St. Louis, have First Friday events but none, AFAIK, have Fourth Friday ones:
The Friday Night Fair Gets a Makeover; welcome the Fourth Friday Fairs!
Beginning Earth Day, April 22, come see what’s happening downtown at the Town Square Pavilion. Featuring local vendors, artisans, entertainment and more, the Friday Night Fairs, which have been held weekly in past years, provide something for everyone.
The Fair will also feature crafts, games and educational activities for little community members.
This year the Fairs will be on the Fourth Friday of each month, from 6-9 pm, and as always, local bands will be center stage. Young professionals, couples on their way to dinner, families, and people of all ages will enjoy the food court, rotating activities and of course, live music.
On Earth Day, SIWADE will open for the Swamp Tigers, a Carbondale favorite. The Fair will also feature flower planting (kids can take home their own), a bouncy house, a paper bead-making workshop, and more. At each Fourth Friday Fair, a BYOB policy is now in place as well.
The Fourth Friday Fairs will run April - September. This event has the potential to draw in all parts of the community in a back-to-basics way; Carbondale Main Street is proud to bring you this new event series!