WELCOME BACK TO LIVE EVENTS!

We’re excited to gather again! As COVID-19 conditions continue to improve, we still encourage social distancing, hand hygiene, and mask usage of non-vaccinated individuals at our events. We’ll clarify as each event gets closer, and we all return to a happier level of normalcy together!

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.

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)

*** CANCELLED FOR 2021 ***

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.

*** NOT OCCURING IN 2021 ***

PER DEPT. OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

 

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.

*** STILL PROCEEDING AS USUAL FOR 2021 ***

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.

The vendors of the farmers market surround Nashua City Hall at 229 Main Street. This includes the street-facing main plaza, the rail trail to the left of the building, and the back parking lot. Social distancing and masks are still currently expected to be in play; we will continue to work with the health department and follow their guidelines

The market operates Sundays from 10 am – 2 pm.  JUNE 20 – OCT. 17, 2021

*** NOT OCCURING IN 2021 ***

PER DEPT. OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

 

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.

*** NOT OCCURING IN 2021 ***

PER DEPT. OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

 

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.

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 Dec. 4. 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!

More info HERE!

*** STILL TO BE DETERMINED FOR 2021 ***

PER DEPT. OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

 

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.

*** NOT OCCURING IN 2021 ***

PER DEPT. OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

 

CLICK HERE FOR ALTERNATE PROGRAMMING FOR THE 2020 HOLIDAY SEASON!

A Nashua tradition for more than 25 years! The annual Winter Holiday Stroll takes place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The evening is recognized as the largest community event of the year in southern New Hampshire. More than 35,000 people hit downtown Nashua for family fun, music, food and holiday cheer, at more than two dozen entertainment venues.

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.

More information HERE!

Great American Downtown is also pleased to partner with the City of Nashua for these signature events:

Nashua Pride
is virtual for 2021!

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VIRTUAL EVENT: JUNE 26, 2021

Good news Nashua: Pride 2021 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 in June. 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.

More information and sponsorship opportunities HERE. You can also Follow the Nashua Pride Festival page on Facebook to keep up to date!

Dancin’ is
happenin’
in 2021!

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2021 EVENT DATES JUST ANNOUNCED!

Since 2016, families, friends and neighbors have gathered in the closed-off street in front of City Hall – and now, in the parking lot at beautiful Renaissance Park – to dance the warm summer night away! Attendees enjoy free lessons from local dance instructors, music fills the air, and all are invited to DANCE!

Due to popular demand, the city now presents THREE events! For three summer months, each event will focus on a specific cultural style of dance. Dance instructor Theo Martinez of HTM Dance will be there to show you the basics, in two 30-minute instruction blocks; then our guest musicians will heat up the night with two 45-minute sets:

July 30: Latin night – Beantown Social Club

Aug. 20: Big Band night – Dan Gabel and the Abletones

Oct. 16: Oompah in the Park – Wunder Kapelle

All events will be held from 7–10 pm,
at Renaissance Park 
on Water Street, in Downtown Nashua.

We’ll share more details as they are announced!