Woodstock and Canton will each play host to their monthly Friday celebrations tonight with live music, merchants, food and late business hours.
Woodstock Friday Night Live
The first Friday of every month, downtown Woodstock plays host to Friday Night Live, and tonight’s theme is a Main Street Luau. Downtown stores will stay open late, until 9 p.m., and participating merchants will have discounts or luau-themed specialties.
Swirl By Design will have a luau at the event, complete with a fire dancer, hula dancers, steel drum music and more. Ice Martini Bar and Copper Coin Coffee will have island drinks, and Brenda’s house of Flowers will have a free pig roast on the sidewalk to celebrate one year at their new location.
Cupcakelicious will pass out leis and bubbles and have luau-themed cupcakes, as well as a drawing for free cupcakes, and Blue Frog Imports will have a Luau Party Sale until June 16.
LKT Sports Art, The Wright Stuff and FoxTale will have special sales for Friday Night Live, and the Woodstock Visitors Center will have a game night with board and card games.
Assistant Director of Tourism and Visitors Center Operations Kyle Bennett said festival-goers can bring their receipts from purchases made during the event to the visitor’s center to enter in a drawing to win a $100 Downtown Dollars gift certificate. Every $10 spent at a downtown business during the event from 6 to 9 p.m. is another chance to win.
Bennett said there will be live music on the sidewalks outside of many businesses, and Atlanta-based artist Eliza Kelly will perform at Copper Coin Coffee from 8 to 10 p.m.
Bennett said “usually the big parking lots don’t fill up” during the event, and said parking is available at the City Center parking lot, where the farmers market is held, and the lot on Mill Street. Other participating merchants include Ipp’s, Hot Dog Heaven, J Miller’s, Samson and Delilah, Ann Litrel Art, Pennybag Emporium, Natural Strides, Century House Tavern, Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza, Pineapple Park, Ember Hot Yoga, Canyon Burgers, Bridal Exchange Boutique, Yoguri, Maxwell’s Cigar Bar, Threads, Holly Springs Jewelers, Pure Taqueria, Dress Up, Freight Kitchen and Tap, Magnolia Thomas Restaurant and Vigenzo’s.
The Elm Street’s Arts Guild will have Teen Arts Night and invites teen musicians, karaoke singers, poets and artists to share with other art-minded teens at the City Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5 at the door and includes a slice of pizza and a soda at intermission. The event is for teens between grades 7-12.
The City Center will also have the iThink improve Troupe at 9 p.m. The Troupe will take suggestions from the audience to help create their comedic performance, and seats cost $5. City Center is located at 8534 Main St. in Woodstock.
Canton First Friday
Historic Downtown Canton will have its free First Friday celebration tonight starting at 6 p.m., with live entertainment, artists, a car show, games and shopping.
Streets will be blocked off for the celebration starting around 5 p.m. and anyone wishing to participate in the car show should be on Main Street for the lineup at 5 p.m. Restaurants and merchants will be open late and have special sales and promotions for the event sponsored by the Canton Main Street Program.
The block party will feature local musician Kevin Wyglad performing from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in front of Technical Resource Solutions, at 185 West Main St. in Canton. Wyglad performed at the Sixes Tavern in Canton in May and is a lifelong musician. He will play music from the ’70s to today.
Parking is free.