Downtown Canton and downtown Woodstock will each heat up tonight with the August First Friday events starting a 6 p.m. in both cities.
Both festivals feature live music and native Georgia band The Fiddleheads will perform for free at Main Street Canton’s First Friday event.
Main Street Woodstock’s Friday Night Live festival of the Summer of Love will have hippie-themed specials and a costume contest, and the winner will be voted for online and receive a $100 gift certificate.
The Fiddleheads, a five-person band with roots in Cherokee County, is the feature performer in downtown Canton tonight for the August First Friday event.
Canton Main Street Director Meghan Griffin said the event is a result of collaboration between all of the Canton Main Street Program board members.
“Everyone has different ideas and talents and these all come together for First Friday to make an awesome celebration of downtown Canton,” Griffin said. “We are really excited about the lineup of talent we have coming to First Friday.”
The event features multiple performances, including the Legendary Longshot Band, which has performed all around the South.
The Fiddleheads have played at the Grand Ole Opry and performed on “America’s Got Talent,” and they will be onstage in Canton from 8 to 9:30 p.m. for a free outdoor show.
“We have the Cherokee High School Band, the Legendary Longshot Band from Chatsworth and The Fiddleheads, who started in Dahlonega and played for more than 100 million people on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Michael Wallace, a member of The Fiddleheads, grew up locally in Free Home,” Griffin said.
Downtown Canton’s First Friday festival will also have vendors, food and beverages, and their staple Classic Car Show. Officials with the Main Street Program suggest visitors bring blankets and lawn chairs to the event.
Tonight’s Summer of Love Friday Nite Live festival will celebrate the 1969 Woodstock music festival with a common name, featuring a hippie costume contest and themed specialties.
Woodstock Director of Tourism and Visitors Center Operations Kyle Bennett said the costume contest is a highlight of the event.
“People are encouraged to come dressed up in costume to the event, there’s several businesses that’ll actually offer discounts at the event if you’re dressed up in costume,” Bennett said.
Bennett said to enter the costume contest for a chance to win a $100 downtown gift certificate, participants need to stop by the visitors center to have their picture taken to go online for a vote.
The festival goes from 6 to 9 p.m. and many stores will have live music during the event. From 8 to 10 p.m., Copper Coin Coffee will feature live music by Is That So?, and Seven Arrows, Cupcakelicious and Ipp’s will also have live music outside.
Seven Arrows will offer a 10 percent discount on refreshments to anyone dressed in a hippie costume and Cupcakelicious will take a dollar off the price of a cupcake or ice cream for those dressed in hippie attire.
FoxTale Book Shoppe will be playing host to the second Emerging Author book signing event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., featuring 11 local authors, and will serve punch and play hippie-themed music.
Canyons restaurant will have $2 domestic beer, and LKT Sports Art will give 10 percent off of in-stock items.
Elm Street’s Teen Arts Night will be between 6 and 8 p.m. and costs $5, participants will get a slice of pizza and a soda at intermission.
Youth in seventh through 12th grade are encouraged to bring their music and art to share at the event, which will be at City Center.
The iThink Improv Troupe will take audience suggestions and perform comedy at 9 p.m. at City Center, and all seats cost $5.