"GREENSBORO, N.C. (May 4, 2016) The community has asked for it and synerG young professionals, Downtown Greensboro Incorporated and ArtsGreensboro have partnered to make it happen. May 6 will kick off a four event series of additional community programming to enhance the already stellar programming at First Fridays. Portions of downtown streets will be closed to traffic to make room for pop up music, interactive arts programming, food trucks, and beer and wine.
May 6 First Friday’s event will close down South Elm St. from Friendly Ave. to Market St. and from Market St. to Washington Street. Pedestrians will have full access to the area to enjoy Open Streets and Bike Month programming coordinated by Bicycling in Greensboro including a bike safety rodeo, temporary bike lanes, bike limbo and skatepark demos.
Other entertainment? We have plenty. The organizations are collaborating with the Carolina Blues Festival to bring in Allison King and The Bitter 3 to perform on the street at Market St. & Elm St at 6:30 - 7:30 pm and 8:00 – 9:00 pm. February One will be taken over by yogis with their mats for two yoga classes – 6:30 - 7:00 pm with Downtown Yoga and 7:30 - 8:00 pm with Free Spirits Yoga. The Center For Visual Artists and Urban Grinders are also partnering on an interactive art project in the street in front of Urban Grinders. And of course, many of the Downtown businesses will be open late during the event!
Did all this excitement work up an appetite? In the pedestrian area, we will have brews served by Gibbs Hundred, Natty Greene’s and Preyer Brewing. Food trucks for the event include Zeko’s, Mystical Sunshine and Tony’s Italian Ice. You can also walk a block away to Center City Park and check out the Porter House Food Truck. You can also check out any of the great downtown restaurants, bars and breweries!
Want to volunteer to help make these events a success through helping set up, check ids, serve beer and help with programming? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next special First Friday events will include June 3, July 1 and August 5.
Other May 6 First Friday Happenings:
Elm Street: Bicycling in Gso (BIG) demos
GreenHill: Dance Project performance
Cultural Center Atrium: Jay Squid’s The Box of Dreams
CVA: Material Fact opening
Urban Grinders: Color Me Bad opening
Southeastern Building: Pop-up Gallery & Tours
Blue Denim: Artist Denise Landi
Mack & Mack: Walker Family Band
Chakras Spa: Artist Morganne Radziewicz w/ Blue Sands
Triad Stage: Don Juan Love Booth
Fire Salon: Band Abe Reid & Blind Dog Gatewood
Natty Greene’s: NEW limited-release draft & PupUP Dog Park
ReAligned: Bring Your Own Vinyl!
HQ Greensboro: Tours
GPS @ The Forge: Artist Andrew Dunnill
Elsewhere: Garden Party
PB & Java: Electric violinist Marta Richardson & friends
Gibb’s Hundred: Merle Haggard tribute
Media Inquiries Contact
Hillary Meredith, synerG Young Professionals Director
synerG, under the umbrella of Action Greensboro, is an active organization of young adults who lead initiatives with the mission to attract, engage and connect young professionals to Greensboro, North Carolina. Through our projects, synerG promotes social and professional networking, leadership opportunities and serves as a clearinghouse for information for young adults in the 21-39 year-old age demographic. synerG values the creation of opportunities and atmospheres that promote connectedness, diversity/inclusiveness and accessibility.
About Downtown GReensboro Incorporated
Downtown Greensboro Incorporated (DGI) is an economic development organization focused on stimulating investment and activity in the center city. DGI’s primary focus is to lead the development of Downtown Greensboro as a prosperous and vibrant urban center, memorable and meaningful for those who choose to live, work, play and invest here.
With an annual budget of approximately $4 million, ArtsGreensboro is a catalyst for innovation to build recognition and support for the arts. Through its ArtsFund-supported grant programs, the 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, the Levitt AMP Greensboro Music Series, I HEART ARTS Month, and other opportunities including the National Folk Festival, ArtsGreensboro is driving the health and vitality of our community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming. artsgreensboro.org"
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