PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 29, 2019 | Leeds Historic Downtown Hosts First Thursday Street Fest This Week | Leeds, AL: Leeds Historic Downtown is excited to host Leeds First Thursday Street Fest this Thursday, May 2, on the Parkway in downtown Leeds. Leeds First Thursday is a family friendly event celebrating local small businesses and highlighting the growing downtown district. This event is a celebration of our rich history of community involvement. This is a great way to enjoy the city’s historic downtown charm with activities for the entire family. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. Leeds would love for you to come downtown to spend time with friends and family while supporting your local community.

Live entertainment, street vendors, food trucks, plenty of kids’ activities and a car cruise in are among the activities planned. Local businesses downtown will be open for shopping. This is a great way to support local retailers, artists and crafters. Whether you come to shop or to walk downtown and enjoy the lively atmosphere with your family, this event is worth the trip downtown. Bring your lawn chair and plan to stay awhile.

Leeds Historic Downtown is excited to host Leeds First Thursday Street Fest this Thursday, May 2, on the Parkway | family friendly event celebrating local small business

The May 2 event will be held on both sides of 9th Street adjoining Parkway Drive. Street entertainers will perform from the gazebo while street vendors and kids’ activities will be available down 9th Street from the Parkway toward LA Salon & Boutique. Charity Bowden, as featured on The Voice, will perform at 4:00 p.m. Charity is a fresh, young face on the country music scene with an old soul. Her voice has that traditional southern twang that began country music.

Leeds Historic Downtown is excited to host Leeds First Thursday Street Fest this Thursday, May 2, on the Parkway | family friendly event celebrating local small business

Erica Ryleigh will also perform. Erica is a country artist with a twist and is fairly new to the music scene. She is a Leeds native who has been playing her guitar and singing almost a decade. Erica took her first steps into the performing world in June of 20`19 when she competed in the Singing Sundown in Oneonta placing in the top ten. She hopes to be able to show her listeners that life is what you make it and you are never along in what is thrown your way.

We have a full stage lineup all evening so you will not want to miss a minute of this brand-new street fest.
Food trucks will be sprinkled on both sides of 9th Street and the Three Earred Restaurant will be open for your dining pleasure so there will be plenty of great food and fun available for the whole family.

If you have a favorite car or bike, you are encouraged to bring it out for the car cruise-in which will line up on the other side of 9th Street in front of Alabama Power. The Corvette Club will be highlighted this month.

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Also, the Leeds Farmer’s Market begins this Thursday and their location will be on 9th Street this week in conjunction with the street fest so plan to purchase some fresh veggies while you are there.  Kennedy Farms, Still Water Farms, Silly Hill Farms, St. Clair County Boys Ranch (flowers), Witt Farms, Suzette Childs cakes, Momma Sue’s fried pies, Doron Soulis Hines cupcakes, Eastaboga Honey and more.

Leeds First Thursday Street Fest is a family friendly, community event and many of the activities are completely free so bring the whole crew to experience the fun. We would love for you to support our small businesses and experience our vibrant and growing downtown for our First Thursday festivities beginning at 4:00 p.m. this Thursday, May 2.

This event is sponsored by the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Leeds and the Leeds Redevelopment Authority.

For more information about First Thursdays, follow the events on Facebook or visit www.LeedsAreaChamber.com.  Vendor Applications are also available online.