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The path to Friday night fun in Woodstock

If you love tailgating, local art, or super heros, downtown Woodstock has a festival for you. On the first Friday of each month, downtown Woodstock holds a citywide themed festival called Friday Night Live, with theme nights ranging from the Fourth of July Downtown Block Party to Christmas in Downtown.

There is no cost for admission into the festivals, which generally take place from March to December each year. During the Friday Night Live festivals, which last from 6 to 9 p.m., downtown merchants stay open late and many offer special sales or themed activities during the event. Street musicians and children’s games are a common sight during the festivals.

Free public parking is available throughout the downtown area. More details about Friday Night Live can be found on the downtown Woodstock website.

2015 festival schedule

March 6: To kick off the Friday Night Live series, residents and visitors are invited to the Patty’s in Downtown Woodstock festival. The city celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with an array of greens and shamrocks spread throughout downtown. Some restaurants offer themed food and drinks.

April 3: If you like jazz music, Art Deco and old movie stars, Roaring 20s Night in downtown may be your favorite event in the series. Festival goers are invited to time travel back to the 1920s, and decade appropriate attire is encouraged.

May 1: Are Batman, Superwoman and the X-Men more your style? Then Superhero Night is for you. The city will celebrate everything related to superheroes at the event in downtown Woodstock- whether it’s Superman, Batman, or the Avengers.

June 5: If you love your dog and want to spend the night doing fun activities together with other city dog-lovers, then the Dog Days of Summer festival will make you bark. Owners are encouraged to bring their dogs to compete in dog related contests.

July 3: To kick off the Fourth of July weekend, downtown Woodstock will host a Block Party to celebrate the red, white and blue. Bring your American flag and get ready for some fun and patriotism.

August 7: Since Woodstock shares a name with one of the most popular 60s music festivals, it’s the perfect place for a Summer of Love festival. Tie-dye and head bands are a must at this fun lovin’ event. The festival is all about the 60s and celebrates the history of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Peace, love and rock and roll are the focus, and 60s attire is encouraged.

September 4: For those who would rather watch football or tailgate with friends, the Great Downtown Tailgate is the place for you. Wear your favorite team’s colors, bring your grill, and get ready for a huge celebration. Cornhole and footballs are common sights during this event.

October 2: Enjoy the thrill of Hollywood from right in in downtown Woodstock during the October Friday Night Live. All things Hollywood will be celebrated. Why not dress up as your favorite movie character and step into the spotlight for this event?

November 6: If you’re looking for a more laid back event, the Downtown Art Walk may be just right. Local artists and musicians are expected to display their work, and some local art shops often offer discounts during the event.

December 4: As the Christmas season begins, downtown Woodstock is the place to see the spirit of the holidays during the Christmas on Main celebration. This event offers a great chance to shop for gifts and have a great time. With Santa Claus already scheduled for a visit to the festival, the event is great for kids, too.


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