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Virtual Thursdays Downtown is Starting June 18

Release Date: June 11, 2020

Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: (507) 216-9886



Virtual Thursdays Downtown is Starting June 18

ROCHESTER, Minn.—Thursdays Downtown is going virtual June 18 in response to COVID-19.

“The atmosphere of an in-person Thursdays Downtown is something that can’t be replicated through a virtual event. That occupies a special place in people’s memories, and we want to preserve the integrity of the event,” said Monika Kopet, Rochester Downtown Alliance director of events and strategic partnerships. “With Virtual Thursdays Downtown, we’re creating accessible options that make people feel safe no matter how they choose to participate, whether they shop our virtual market, view our online entertainment, or enjoy a ‘Thursdays’ special from a restaurant patio downtown.”

Virtual market

Search through the Virtual Thursdays Downtown marketplace for handmade arts & crafts, jewelry, and décor. With more than 90 accepted exhibitors, Virtual Thursdays Downtown is the hub to browse for one-of-a-kind finds.

Online entertainment

Tune in at 7 p.m. every Thursday for a video of Virtual Thursdays Downtown entertainment from a pop-up performance in downtown location. Below is the first three performances of Virtual Thursdays Downtown online entertainment:

Stay tuned to as more online entertainment is released.

Food and beverage specials

Grab a bite to eat and a favorite beverage to enjoy during the online performances. Access special deals on food and beverages from our Virtual Thursdays Downtown restaurants.

Visit for the virtual market, online entertainment, and food and beverage specials.

About Thursdays Downtown
Thursdays Downtown combines arts, music, food and a vendor market into a weekly community-uniting, block-party-style event that is free to all attendees. In 2019, Thursdays Downtown grew into a large music and arts festival, drawing 222,000+ people throughout the season and approximately 115 unique vendors 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.