3rd Friday returns outdoors with spring theme

This week is the next 3rd Friday in Downtown Salisbury and spring has finally sprung.

That means this 3rd Friday will be back outside, with artists and crafters filling the streets, live music on the Plaza, fun themes and special events.

This month’s theme is Hello Spring — so get ready for baby animals, flowers, environmental organizations and sustainability initiatives.

On North Division Street, the “Look Pretty Play Dirty Mobile Petting Zoo” will be ready to ring in spring in the best way — with baby animals.

Kids can enjoy rock painting with Salisbury University’s Honors College volunteers, or plant their very own seed to take home.

To celebrate the outdoors, Soul Yoga Studio will be hosting a free yoga session for adults at 6:30 p.m. on the North Division Street lawn. The city of Salisbury’s Green Team will be giving away Recycle Right information, reusable shopping bags, and environmental color books for kids.

Plus, the Green Team will have details about the all-new event GreenFest — coming to the Pohanka Riverwalk Amphitheater this May 11, with expert guest speakers, hands-on activities, a plant sale, green vendors and more.

In the Downtown Visitor Center, check out a Master Gardener Presentation with Ginny Rosenkranz from 5 to 8 p.m. Rosenkranz will be bringing two additional master gardeners with her to chat about gardening, give advice and to help get everyone hands on planting pollinator seeds.

On the Downtown Plaza, artists and crafters fill the streets, and there will be live music by Permilla Project. The Plaza has been decorated in blue by the Child Advocacy Center in honor of April being Child Abuse Awareness month.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters will be making balloon animals, the Salisbury Zoo will be out with actual animals and ambassadors and the Salisbury Jaycees will be pouring local craft beer and wine.

Stop by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church — it is Good Friday after all — for fish and chips, steamed shrimp in the courtyard from 5 to 7 p.m. Kids can also plant seeds to take home and watch grow.

In the Gallery Building, on the lowest level, Salisbury Art Space will be hosting “Awakenings,” a people’s choice members show, so be sure to stop by and vote for your favorite.

The Salisbury Art Space gift shop and gallery will be open late until 8 p.m, support Salisbury’s community art space.

Upstairs on the Plaza Level, the Salisbury University Art Galleries | Downtown Campus will have SU’s Senior Exhibition on display and a Drop-In Gallery Game Night for the kids, which includes a craft table, board games, and special exhibition tours just for kids.

The shops and businesses are ready for spring with special events planned.

It’s Kuhn’s Jewelers 166th Anniversary Sale, with all in-stock jewelry 30 percent off.

Cake Art will be open late hosting Create-Your-Own-Cupcake night, plus special springtime cupcake flavors will be available! Season’s Best Antiques will also be open late with special sales.

At Barefoot Baby Boutique, moms can register for the upcoming spring MommyWalk plus get entered to win a free bamboo Momma Tee, with purchases of $25 or more.

The Downtown bars and restaurants are ready with live music for 3rd Friday.

Brew River has party band The Glass Onion playing all your favorites from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. plus late night the Uprizing Band. Roadie Joe’s Bar and Grill will live music The Gifted from 5:30 to 8:30pm, and late night DJ.

Market Street will have late night jams by Nick at Night, and Mojos will have live band The Queen’s Bishop.

Downtown Trolley service will start earlier than usual for 3rd Friday. Trolley service begins at 6:15 p.m. in front of the Guerrieri Academic Commons and will run until 2 a.m.

Boarding is free with a Gull Card or $1 otherwise and will bring you from Salisbury University and surrounding areas to Downtown Salisbury.

3rd Friday is a Downtown economic development initiative and a project of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District and the city of Salisbury. For More Information: 3rdFridaySby.com.

Jamie Heater is with 3rd Friday

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