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. The meeting 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.

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.

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 #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.


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.

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.

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.

The dinner is held the second Sunday of September. Tickets go on sale every year at 11 am on August 1st.

Since 2016, the New England Roots Festival is a free all-day music event downtown, held on the last Saturday of September. From noon – 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.

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!

There’s something for everyone on your list at one of our locally owned stores. From high-end jewelry, furniture, beer and wine, and custom-made clothing and gifts, to restaurant gift cards and more, shop local and
keep Nashua business alive and thriving!

Here are just some of the downtown businesses offering specials for shoppers wearing plaid:

The Telegraph
Stop here first to snag a Plaid Friday bag (first 200 visitors). Subscription deals at up to more than 50 percent off for yourself or a gift subscription. The Telegraph will have free coffee, cookies and a prize wheel where you can win a number of rewards.

Gaucho’s Brazilian Steak House
Buy one, get second entree for 50% off

MT’s Local
10% off

Surf Seafood
10% off

Martha’s Exchange & Brewery
Burger and a draft beer for $10

League of NH Craftsmen Nashua Fine Craft Gallery
Entry into raffle for a $50 gift certificate with purchase.

The Framery
Wall hangings 10% off

WineNot Boutique
Serving five wines all day (11 am – 6 pm).
With $40 purchase, you can receive a $30 Nift Gift Card. 

Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar
10% off

The Flight Center
Happy Hour specials all day: $1 off pints, $4 off flights, $4 house margaritas, $15 pitchers of sangria; 10% off mixed drinks, 25% off tapas.
Special for Mile High Club Members: 20% off mixed drinks, 50% off tapas.

Fody’s Great American Tavern
With both plaid and a receipt from a retail purchase at Downtown shop from today: $1 first wine or draft beer from 4:30–9:30 pm.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
Free guacamole or queso (limit two per table)

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.

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

Nashua Pride

Photo credit Kelly Anne Photography.


Join the fun at Nashua’s annual Pride festival and parade! Celebrate Nashua as a diverse and welcoming community, as we march, laugh, enjoy food and drink specials at local restaurants and bars, and experience the pageantry of spectacular costumes and entertainment!

Free to attend and participate in parade. Follow the Nashua Pride Festival page on Facebook to keep up to date!

Dancin’ in the Street


Since 2016, families, friends and neighbors have gathered in the closed-off street in front of City Hall 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, things are switching up in 2020! Instead of just one evening of Dancin’ in the Street, the city is planning THREE events! For three summer months, each event will focus on a specific cultural style of dance. Instructors will be there to show you the basics for an hour; then our guest musicians will heat up the night with two 45-minute sets:

June 26: Swing

The Hal McIntyre Orchestra

July 10: Hip hop

DJ K-Wil (TBD)

Aug. 14: Latin

Beantown Social Club

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

We’ll share more details as they are announced!