As our community adjusts and accommodates in response to the novel coronavirus, Great American Downtown will continue to evaluate how to proceed and move forward with our signature annual events. We will keep you informed here as to cancellations and rescheduled events and programs, as decisions are made.
The safety of our friends, family and community is our top priority. Thank you for supporting our mission.
2020 DATES NOW LISTED!
Listed below in month order are the signature events presented by Great American Downtown. If you’re visiting us in Nashua or are just looking for what’s happening this month, check out these great ideas!
Looking to do something tonight? Go explore our Community Calendar, where you’ll find dozens of options, freshly updated daily!
Calling all chocolate lovers! Indulge in complimentary chocolate delights as you taste your way through Downtown Nashua’s distinctive shops and boutiques.
This annual event is held about a week before Valentine’s Day, on a Saturday, from noon-5 pm. FEBRUARY 8, 2020
Join the Great American Downtown Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, supporters and stakeholders in the third-floor Auditorium of City Hall for our annual public meeting. We present prior to the annual State of the City meeting. Our portion will be 5:30–6:30 pm, generally lasts 45 minutes, with a Q-and-A period at the end.
This multimedia presentation takes place each February (contact us for date) and showcases progress made in the previous year, and plans to grow in the year ahead. FEB. 18, 2020
The community garden is a fenced-in area beside the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail, bringing beauty and value to a previously unsightly area. The project added a “Mutt Mitt” station and garbage can, to keep the area much more appealing now.
The garden features two dozen 4×8, ADA-compliant raised beds, each with a water spigot for easy watering. There are raspberry plants for public picking, and a small children’s garden to tend and harvest. There is also a “free vegetable” bin, so gardeners can share their bumper crops with the community.
On the Saturday nearest to Earth Day (April 22), Great American Downtown partners with the Nashua Park & Recreation, Community Health, Nashua PAL, Gate City Community Gardens and volunteers from the community to making our downtown parks shine! Help clean up and show your pride in our city and its open spaces. APRIL 18, 2020
(Formerly Nashua Pride Day)
*** CANCELLED FOR 2020 ***
The #NashuaStreetPianos project is the culmination of eight months of preparation, dreaming, enthusiasm, and expression, made possible with the support of the City of Nashua as well as many generous businesses and individuals.
There are three upright pianos, festively painted by local artists, scattered along Main Street. Stop and play a tune! Sing a song! Share a musical moment with passersby! Since 2016, these Street Pianos have made downtown sound even better.
Official roll-out this year: MAY 9, 2020
*** CURRENTLY IN DISCUSSION FOR RESCHEDULING FOR 2020 ***
For more than 25 years, The Taste of Downtown Nashua offers a fine pairing of retail establishments and restaurants, creating a one-of-a-kind experience. During this tasty event, visitors get up-close-and-personal with the chefs from award-winning restaurants, while exploring downtown shops.
Flavors abound, from savory to sweet; there is something for everyone! And with more than 25 restaurants and caterers participating, you are likely to discover a new eatery to add to your list of favorites. To add to the festivities, there are street musicians to keep you entertained as you walk from store to store, plus prizes, giveaways, raffles and a popular scavenger hunt – The Hot Spot Challenge.
This is a ticketed event, usually the first Wednesday in June. JUNE 3, 2020
*** STILL PROCEEDING AS USUAL FOR 2020 ***
From mid-June to mid-October, Nashua’s Farmers Market showcases our local farmers, CSA providers, bakers, brewers, wine makers, and local artisanal product makers, as well as local crafters, artists, nonprofits, and downtown businesses.
In 2020, the market is moving to surround Nashua City Hall at 229 Main Street. This will include the street-facing main plaza, the rail trail to the left of the building, and the back parking lot.
The market operates Sundays from 10 am – 2 pm. JUNE 21 – OCT. 18, 2020
*** CANCELLED FOR 2020 ***
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU BACK IN THE FALL OF 2021!
Downtown Nashua’s favorite chefs are teaming up with local producers from the Nashua Farmers Market to show off their culinary prowess by transforming the bounty of NH’s fields and farmers – right in the middle of Main Street!
Hundreds of foodies enjoy al fresco dining with a five-course meal, optimally paired with beer or wine, in a sectioned-off area of Main Street.
Tickets go on sale every year at 11 am on August 1st.
*** POSSIBLY CANCELLED FOR 2020 ***
Since 2015, the New England Roots Festival is a free all-day music event downtown, held on the last Saturday of September. From 3 – 10 pm, this family-friendly music festival features country, bluegrass and American Roots music, with the Main Stage on a closed section of Main Street between Temple and Pearl streets. Free parking in nearby garages.
The Roots Festival happens on the last Saturday of September. SEPT. 26, 2020
Each year, more than 30 scarecrows designed by Downtown businesses and organizations are on display up and down Main Street.
Everyone is invited to create and display a scarecrow, representing their business or organization, something spooky, something funny – or all of the above!
Creativity is rewarded when people vote online for their favorites in October.
Calling all cookie lovin’ kid bakers! Participate in our NOM NOM NOVEMBER KIDS’ COOKIE CONTEST!
Winners will be chosen, and those recipes will be baked and featured at our downtown bakeries! Imagine your cookies being on sale at a participating Downtown Nashua bakery! Winners will have their cookies featured on the menu of those locations, for people to enjoy on National Cookie Day, which is Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. The cookies will be prepared by the bakers at the business fresh that day! You will also receive a special trophy, and be featured on our website and social media!
A ‘colorful’ alternative to Black Friday! Crowds and stress and waking up at dawn on Black Friday? No thanks! Why not choose to spend your hard-earned dollars to support your local small-business owners in Downtown Nashua instead? Plaid Friday is the relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the big box store “Black Friday” chaos.
Wear your plaid, and visit with our local and independently owned downtown businesses as we kick off the holiday season! Those donning plaid will be eligible for giveaways, discounts, and other fun activities throughout the day!
Plaid Friday is the Friday that follows Thanksgiving. NOV. 27, 2020
*** CANCELLED FOR 2020 ***
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU BACK IN 2021!
A Nashua tradition for more than 25 years! The annual Winter Holiday Stroll takes place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The evening is recognized
The event is free to attend, with lots of music performances, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Polar Express train rides, ice carving exhibitions and much more! Lots of food trucks and vendors on hand to sell snacks and drinks.
The Stroll happens on the Saturday that follows Thanksgiving.
Help us light up the holidays in Nashua!
Residences and businesses are invited to join in the fun of decorating with dazzling lights for our first-ever Dazzling December Holiday Lighting Contest!
Voters will view a printable online map, to “tour” the amazing decorating work in person, and then cast their votes online. Trophies will be awarded to the top three vote-getters in each of the two categories.
Great American Downtown is also pleased to partner with the City of Nashua for these signature events:
Virtual Pride, 2020!
SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020
Good news Nashua: Pride 2020 is on! Even though we can’t hold our annual Pride Parade this year, the Nashua Pride Festival will be coming to you virtually, bringing the celebration and love right to your home.
Virtual Pride will be broadcast on Saturday, June 27, from 2–4 pm. Festival highlights will include live music, drag show and speakers. Portions of the event will be pre-recorded. Details on our entertainment lineup, as well as how to watch and/or live stream the event will be made available as the event date approaches.
Nashua Pride Festival is a FREE celebration of diversity, acceptance, music and fun, focused on promoting equality and inclusion of all people.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 12, 2020
Since 2016, families, friends and neighbors have gathered to dance the warm summer night away, through the city of Nashua’s Dancin’ events.
This summer, the City of Nashua, in partnership with Great American Downtown are planning for two events, in August and September. The event series, Dancin’ In The Park, will take place along the Nashua Riverfront in Renaissance Park. Join us outside by the river, for hot music and cold ice cream (available for purchase from Hazy Ice Cream truck). First, enjoy a dance lesson with instructor Theo Martinez, who will teach us Latin dance styles. Then, our guest musicians will heat up the night with two 45-minute sets.
Our August Latin night was much-enjoyed, and now we’re gearing up for our next one!
Sept. 12: Swing
Friday from 6:30–10 pm,
at Renaissance Park on Water Street, in Downtown Nashua.
These events are free but ticketed, to limit the number of people in attendance to 150, to ensure enough room to allow for participants to maintain physical distancing. Mask wearing will be required of all those in attendance, aside from performers. This event, and the event health and safety plan have been developed in partnership with the Nashua Dept. of Public Health to ensure proper measures are in place for a healthy, safe, and fun night of music and dance! Please be aware that we continue to monitor the conditions of COVID-19 spread in Nashua and NH, and in the event that conditions change this event may be cancelled at the recommendation of Public Health.