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Vendor applications open for 2021 in-person Thursdays Downtown

Release Date: May 10, 2021

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



Vendor applications open for 2021 in-person Thursdays Downtown

ROCHESTER, Minn.—After going virtual in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person Thursdays Downtown is being planned this year with vendor applications now open.

As in years past, Thursdays Downtown will feature artisan and food exhibitors and live entertainment on two stages starting July 8 and running through September 9, 2021.

“We know there is great desire to gather together again with our community at this annual event following this challenging year,” said Holly Masek, executive director of the Rochester Downtown Alliance. “And in light of the governor’s goal of lifting restrictions by July, we’re anticipating a great turnout of both vendors and attendees.”

An application link and more details about Thursdays Downtown can be found at Applications will remain open until May 28, 2021.

Thursdays Downtown will occur in its previous event layout—1st Avenue Southwest and Northwest, 3rd Street Southwest, and Peace Plaza. Should construction impact the layout in any way, the RDA will adjust and communicate accordingly. Therefore, vendors will be asked to select desired areas of the event layout, rather than specific tent locations, to allow additional planning flexibility.

While the goal is for a “normal” event, RDA will continue to provide safety precautions such as hand sanitizing stations, and will follow all county, state, and federal guidelines in event execution.

“Our goal is for all event vendors and attendees to feel safe at Thursdays Downtown,” said Masek. “For many, Thursdays Downtown may be their first time in a large crowd in more than a year. We will strive to make the experience as stress-free as possible and will take extra precautions as needed.”

For questions about the Thursdays Downtown applications, please e-mail

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.