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.
(Formerly Nashua Pride Day)
The Nu Muse Festival – “A celebration of inspired experimentation in music and the arts” – began in 2017 as a free all-day outdoor experience downtown. A half-dozen stages and as many art venues pop up and are populated by talented locals in the music and art communities. Who or what is your muse? Let it inspire you to attend, or participate!
Usually held the first Saturday in May. MAY 9, 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.
The pianos are officially rolled out at the Nu Muse Festival every year. MAY 9, 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
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.
Now with more than 40 participating vendors of all kinds, the market tents populate a closed section from Pearl Street to Temple Street. Free live music and other happenings occur, too. The market operates Sundays from 10 am – 2 pm.
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. SEPT. 13, 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.
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
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. NOV. 28, 2020