Downtown Development Authority Events
Downtown Jackson Grand River Farmers Market
May 4, 2013 - June 1, 2013- SATURDAYS ONLY*
June 4, 2013- November 30th, 2013- every T, F, and Sat. *
(located on the corner of Mechanic and Pearl next to the new Grand River Marketplace/Brewery)
EVERY TUESDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY FROM 8:00AM-1:00PM STARTING JUNE 4TH
We invite any and all types of farmers and/or vendors to attend, but we are currently highly interested in any and all types of meat and/or poultry vendors. You can find our Daily and/or Seasonal Vendor Applications under the FORMS section of our website.
The season will soon be upon us and we are looking forward to entering into our second year of operation of the Grand River Farmers Market. Come on down and support your local farmers and agriculture by buying local fresh produce, floral, plants, dried goods, pies, jams, honey, meats, and cheeses.
Discover Downtown Again featuring the Merchants’ Artist Walking Tour
May 11th, 2013 from 11am-5pm
Discover Downtown Again and check out the many services, gifts, entertainment, and dining options you have when you spend time Downtown! Each Downtown business will feature an artist specializing in various styles, mediums, or genres, and your votes will be collected on your favorite artist featured on this Merchants’ Artist Walking Tour. Businesses will also be offering special activities, drawings, refreshments, and more! Visit all of the participating businesses to check out our local artistic talent and to see how fun and exciting Downtown Jackson can be.
Be sure to pop in to Downtown businesses throughout the week of May 6th to preview the artist’s work featured on the Merchants’’ Artist Walking Tour, and place your official vote on TBD.
Interested in featuring your art? Complete an Artist Application here or at the Downtown Jackson Facebook page (coming soon), and submit it by April 22nd. All art is subject to juried panel. Cash prizes are awarded as follows, and are based on public votes:
1st place: Prizes TBD, sponsored by TBD
2nd place: Prizes TBD, sponsored by TBD
3rd place: Prizes TBD, sponsored by A Frame Above
Summer Planting Day
May 18th, 2013 at 9am
Summer Planting Day brings hundreds of community members together to enhance the beauty of Downtown Jackson by planting flowers and plants in Downtown planters and pots. Each planter is adopted by a community group, business, family or individual, and the result is a blooming Downtown for the spring and summer seasons. In its 14th year, Summer Planting Day will ask volunteers to adopt their planter for the course of the year. Adoption is free and each planter receives a plaque listing the adopting party and/or a dedication to a loved one. If interested in participating this year, please contact the DDA. Volunteers will receive a confirmation and event details prior to Summer Planting Day. Planters will be RESERVED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS, limiting planters to one per group so that everyone will be able to participate in this great community event.
May 24, 2013; June 28, 2013; July 26, 2013; August 23, 2013; September 27, 2013
Cruise In Downtown Jackson the 4th Friday of the month, May through September, and show your stuff! As one of the most anticipated and attended events in Jackson, the Cruise In attracts hundreds of classic cars, antiques, street rods, and more, to the Downtown streets. Live entertainment, photo booth, radio broadcasts, and a vendor area with food and merchandise will also fill the Downtown. A "Best in Show" winner will be chosen at each Cruise In and all cruisers can register their vehicles and win Downtown Jackson Gift Certificates! In addition to the cars and entertainment on the street, many Downtown restaurants feature entertainment while merchants offer sales and specials in their stores. Street closings, directing the cruisers to the appropriate parking spots, can be found in the column on the left side of this page.
Picnic in the Park Lunchtime Concert Series
Tuesdays in July (except the first Tuesday) and August from 12pm-1pm
Come Downtown every Tuesday in July (except the First Tuesday) and August from 12-1 pm to take a break with local musicians who will entertain with tunes to relax to, dance to and eat to! Bring your blanket and lunch, and join your family, friends, or coworkers for music in Bucky Harris Park, on the corner of Jackson Street and Michigan Avenue. This is a great opportunity and convenient location to take a moment away from your office and meet us for a Picnic in the Park.
July 9, 16, 23, and 30
August 6, 13, 20, and 27
* Bands/Musicians yet TBD
Jammin in Jackson Summer Evening Concert Series
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday in June, July, and August
Join your friends, family, and/or coworkers for a night of free, live outdoor summer entertainment from 5:00-7:00pm in Downtown Jackson's Bucky Harris Park. So sit back and relax, dance, mingle, and eat and drink while enjoying the tunes.
2013 Dates and Bands:
June 13th- The John Patrick Peters Band
June 27th- Airtight
July 11th- Harper & Midwest Kind
July 25th- Shot Weasel
August 8th- Hy-Notes
August 22nd- Bruce Oat featuring Trash Cats
Holding Events Downtown
The City of Jackson is fortunate to have many varied and beautiful parks and friendly streets and neighborhoods, all of which provide wonderful venues at which to hold Special Events such as parades, fitness walks/runs, etc. The City Clerk's Office makes every possible effort to assist event organizers in receiving assistance from City departments and approval from the City Council.
The City of Jackson Event Policy and Application was created to promote a uniform procedure in receiving permission to hold Special Events at locations under the jurisdiction of the City of Jackson. For more information or questions regarding the application or the process, please contact email@example.com or call the DDA at 768-6410.