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Thursdays Downtown makes a much-anticipated return in 2021

Release Date: June 9, 2021

Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Office: 507-216-9886



Thursdays Downtown makes a much-anticipated return in 2021

ROCHESTER, Minn.—Thursdays Downtown, a staple event in downtown Rochester, is back in 2021 with local food vendors, weekly artisan exhibitors, and a diverse lineup of entertainment.

Every Thursday starting July 8 and running through September 9, Thursdays Downtown will feature six live musical performances on two stages presented by Altra Federal Credit Union and Rochester International Airport. The entertainment lineup includes a national act, country singer/songwriter Jerrod Niemann, to kick off the summer series, as well as many local musicians and bands. Other acts throughout the season include Annie Mack, Soul Train featuring LaSonya Natividad, The Big Wu, Martin Zeller, Pop Rocks, Mariachi Estrell, and Fernando Ufret.

The event includes a weekly food and artisan market of more than 100 unique vendors within the event site, which is 1st Avenue Southwest, 3rd Street Southwest, and Peace Plaza.

“Thursdays Downtown is a Rochester tradition many look forward to each year. People from all walks of life come together downtown to celebrate local arts, music, food, and culture,” said Kanika Couchene, Rochester Downtown Alliance director of events & strategic partnerships. “After the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to cancel in 2020, this year is a much-anticipated return of this core experience and a true celebration of our community’s resilience.”

The RDA is encouraging Thursdays Downtown attendees to observe current public health guidance, to wear a mask if not vaccinated, and to sanitize and/or wash hands often with stations onsite. Vendors will also be sanitizing between customers and providing hand sanitizer to ensure the public’s safety.

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About Thursdays Downtown
Thursdays Downtown combines arts, music, food, and a vendor market into one free community-uniting, block-party-style event. Since 2004, it has grown into a large music and arts festival that draws 20,000+ people and approximately 115 unique vendor each week.

About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.