Entries by Melynda

Georgefest Dance Party Update

Our commitment to your safety: Georgefest organizers have made the decision to postpone the DJ Dance Party at the July 7 first Friday event due to pedestrian/traffic safety concerns at the roundabout at Main Street and Tabernacle Street. In order to improve safety for event patrons, we are exploring the possibility of relocating the DJ Dance Party […]

This Kind of Fun is Good for You!

For the past two years, southern Utah residents and visitors have heard the familiar refrain. It’s the motto (and guiding philosophy) of Georgefest, the popular community celebration that takes place in Historic Downtown St. George on the first Friday of each month. Soon to celebrate its second anniversary, Georgefest has become the premier southern Utah […]

Georgefest Birthday Bash a Crowd-pleaser

From Main Stage to the Jazz Garden, the streets of Historic Downtown St. George were filled with the sounds of talented musicians and the smells of delicious food truck fare, during Georgefest’s “June Moon Jubilee” on June 2. June’s edition marked a momentous occasion for the first Friday monthly event, as “George” marked its second […]

Happy Birthday, George!

The night sky over Historic Downtown St. George will come alive June 2, when Georgefest on Main celebrates its second anniversary with “June Moon Jubilee.” Partnering with the City of St. George, the St. George Races Department, Georgefest will offer a full evening of live music, food and free mustache birthday cake at the Jazz […]

Free Watercolor Workshop for Teens at Historic Downtown

  Dixie Watercolor Society (DWS) at Historic Downtown St. George will offer a free workshop for youth Saturday, April 29 at Electric Theater Center. Open to aspiring artists of all levels, middle through high school in Washington County are invited to participate. “Transparent watercolor is an exciting and spontaneous medium,” said Maureen Booth, DWS vice […]

Georgefest Two-year Anniversary June 2

Two years ago, Georgefest began as a relatively small street festival drawing a few hundred people. But ever since that first gathering in June of 2015, the crowds have continued to swell, the number of attractions has steadily increased, and the word has spread: His toric Downtown St. George is the place to be on […]

The Georgefest Groove

You Can Dance if You Want To:  How one very likable festival brand may have been boosted by a city’s attempt to suppress public dancing In its first 18 months, Georgefest had attracted more than 9,000 social media followers. Georgefest is a nightlife event held at Historic Downtown St. George, Utah, on the first Friday […]

Jazz Under the Stars April 7

Jazz Jam April 7 Celebrating national Jazz Appreciation Month, Mr. CP’s Jazz Band will hold court in the Jazz Garden April 7. Presented by The Desert Pulse at Green Gate Village, journeyman string bassist Carlyle Potter leads the band gets things swinging at 6:30 p.m. The set will include tributes to legendary musicians Miles Davis […]

George Gets Artsy April 7

In honor of the new “outdoor sculpture garden” being installed the following morning in Historic Downtown St. George by the Art Around the Corner board of directors – in cooperation with the City of St. George – Georgefest attendees will have the chance to participate in a one-of-a-kind event:  Anyone so inclined is invited to […]

George Ready to Rock April 7, No Foolin’

At the April 7 edition of the monthly nighttime community event Georgefest, “April Fool’s George” will feature indie rock, a live mannequin challenge, fine art, food trucks and fun. FREE Main Street Concert 6 p.m. Rebel Jazz Band 7 p.m. Josh Larsen 8-10 p.m. Vintage Overdrive of Salt Lake City Jazz Garden 21+ (now open until midnight) […]

News – Georgefest Nightlife

Georgefest was recently featured in this March 16, 2017, article published by The Spectrum:  The Future of St. George Nightlife. Exploring the future of nightlife in southern Utah, journalist Emily Havens explores how far the community has come, and whether St. George City is ready for more. According to Georgefest Founder and Executive Director Melynda Thorpe, “I […]

Georgefest Hiring for Spring/Summer

Love nightlife? Work hard, have fun and get paid this summer by becoming a member of the Georgefest event crew. The Georgefest executive committee is now accepting applications for the following spring/summer paid employment positions: Merch Store Manager, Main Street Assistant Manager, Main Stage Production Assistant, and Photo Booth Crew. Internship openings include PR Intern, Social Media […]

Weigh In: Take the Georgefest Survey

This June, southern Utah’s favorite nightlife event will celebrate its second anniversary. Already, with more than 20 consecutive events under its belt, Georgefest has become a fixture of community culture featuring artists and a variety of live musicians each month. From indie rock bands to jazz to street buskers performing for tips, Georgefest has the corner […]

The Anatomy of George

How history inspired this event icon: The original 2014 concept sketch for George, the icon of southern Utah’s first Friday event, Georgefest. Did you know that the Georgefest icon was created with southern Utah history in mind? That’s right, the BOWLER HAT is inspired by the many settlers arriving in the region during the late […]

Main Street Gallery to Feature Artist Mel Scott During Georgefest March 3

Billed “nightlife you can get excited about,” Georgefest celebrates local artists, entertainers and musicians at Historic Downtown on the first Friday of every month. March 3 will be no exception. At the new Main Street art and showcase venue, Gallery 35, Dixie Watercolor Society will host an artist reception featuring southern Utah watercolorist, Mel Scott.  An […]

Georgefest to Celebrate Luck O’ the Irish March 3 – Get Your Green On!

Dick Earl of Dick Earl’s Electric Witnessbelts the blues at Main Stage March 2016 Historic Downtown St. George will be sporting green, Friday, March 3, when Georgefest celebrates its “St. Paddy’s Spring Fling.” A nod in equal parts to St. Patrick’s Day and the imminent arrival of springtime, the monthly nightlife event will mark the […]

Kissing Winter Weather Goodbye, Indie Rock Bands Return to Main Stage March 3

When the electrifying Andrew Goldring band takes the stage March 3, spring will have sprung in southern Utah. And while Georgefest diehards danced to the beat of the DJ drum through Georgefest winter months, first Friday nightlife crowds are ready to rock with original sounds of indie performers under southern Utah’s warm summer skies. The […]

Attendees Feel the Love at Lovefest 2017

Couples found fun, food and live music on Main Street Feb. 3 Leaning into the month of Valentine’s Day, Georgefest was awash in a sea of red (and tie-dye) during February’s “Lovefest 2017” at Historic Downtown St. George. Residents and visitors came out en masse to enjoy the spring-like temperatures, along with sweet treats, outstanding […]

Georgefest Blossoms with Signs of Spring

With warmer temperatures appearing in the forecast, Georgefest crowds are beginning to blossom with springtime. The community nightlife celebration – coming up on its second anniversary in June – rang in 2017 with a transition to 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status, and a change in venue for event‘s Jazz Garden. With each month, more and […]

Misty Frampton: From Rooftop Recluse to Main Street Strummer

Misty found her uke in the attic of her family home.Photo by Nick Adams courtesy Emceesquare Media Musical talent is in Misty Frampton’s DNA. She’s the youngest in a family that includes older sisters Dia – a runner-up on the inaugural season of NBC’s The Voice, and lead singer in the band ARCHIS – and Meg, […]

Press Release – Lovefest 2017

NEWS MEDIA RELEASE Feb. 1, 2017     GEORGEFEST HOSTS “LOVEFEST 2017” ON FEBRUARY 3 Feel the love at this month’s community celebration ST. GEORGE, UT – Georgefest attendees will get a head start on all things romantic Friday, Feb. 3, at “Lovefest 2017.” The Valentine edition of southern Utah’s favorite first Friday event with […]

Lovefest 2017

  NEWS MEDIA RELEASE January 27, 2017  For More Information Contact: Marianne Hamilton (408) 489-0140   GEORGEFEST HOSTS “LOVEFEST 2017” ON FEBRUARY 3 Feel the love at this month’s community celebration GEORGE, UT – Georgefest attendees will get a head start on all things romantic Friday, Feb. 3, at “Lovefest 2017.” The Valentine edition of […]

Press Release – Georgefest Transition Leadership

                                                                 ­                       NEWS MEDIA RELEASE January 17, 2016 For More Information Contact: Marianne Hamilton (408) 489-0140 GEORGEFEST ANNOUNCES TRANSITION LEADERSHIP ST. GEORGE, UT – As Georgefest moves toward […]

Do You Follow? Georgefest enters 2017 with substantial following. Check out these numbers: Twitter – 446 Instagram – 2,505 Facebook – 6,320 Email Updates – 2,511 Where do you get your info about Georgefest? 

Georgefest Names New Board of Directors

NEWS MEDIA RELEASE January 17, 2016 For More Information Contact: Marianne Hamilton (408) 489-0140     GEORGEFEST NAMES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS ST. GEORGE, UT – As Georgefest moves toward its second anniversary of operation, the monthly community nightlife celebration has officially transitioned to a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, it was announced today by […]

Press Release – New Year, New Changes

NEWS MEDIA RELEASE January 2, 2017 For More Information Contact: Marianne Hamilton (408) 489-0140     New Year, New Name, New Jazz Garden Venue:   George readies to rock through winter and into 2017 As the New Year gets underway, George Streetfest officially becomes “Georgefest,” signaling a host of exciting changes for southern Utah’s monthly community […]

George Holiday Edition Features Gingerbread Tour, Santa, and Live Music

George Streetfest collaborates with St. George Children’s Museum and City of St. George Dec. 2, as the monthly First Friday community event in historic downtown takes on a holiday flavor with the arrival of Santa, the annual Gingerbread Tour, live music and more. The imminent return of the Gingerbread Tour has prompted a flurry of designing and […]

Brats, Brews & Buskers Highlight Oktoberfest Oct. 7

Giving a special nod to the German settlers who made St. George their home in the 1800s, George Streetfest observes Oktoberfest on Friday night, October 7. The celebration will include a variety of brats, cheeses, Bavarian pretzels, and root beer and craft beer options, including “George Hefeweizen.” During the Oktoberfest event, George Streetfest will welcome […]

LoveFest a Groovy Preamble to St. Patty’s Spring Fling March 4

In 60s fashion, it was a true LoveFest at Historic Downtown St. George Feb. 5. Ssouthern Utah’s new, favorite nightlife event, George Streetfest on Main, encouraged event attendees to dress 60’s for the evening, and rewarded participants with prizes, kisses, and music that inspired all ages to get down and boogie. A highlight of the […]

George New Year’s Day

George Streetfest on Main presents New Year’s Day Masquerade from 5-10 p.m. January 1, with several features added to southern Utah’s favorite new first Friday event to keep attendees warm. Leading out the evening at 5 p.m., Main Stage presents DJ Lex and his Amazing Steam Powered Music Machine followed by Dixie Funk Band of […]

St. George Turns Whoville at December Holiday Celebration

George Streetfest on Main and St. George City combined holiday celebrations in December bringing holiday cheer to Historic Downtown. Chilly temperatures were not enough to keep the community away as families gathered together, bundled up to stay warm, and enjoyed ringing in the spirit of the holiday. It was more than reminiscent of a scene […]

Gingerbread Tour Online Ballot

Attend George Streetfest on Main, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, from 6-10 p.m., to learn the winner of Gingerbread Tour 2015. Trophy presentation at 8:45 p.m. on Main Stage. Also, enjoy Santa, free photos with Buddy the Elf and The Grinch, carousel rides, crafts for kids and the Main Street FREE concert featuring Soul What!? at 9 p.m.. […]

Gingerbread Tour & Dec. 4 Lineup

George Streetfest on Main and St. George City are combining holiday festivities Dec. 4, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Historic Downtown as first Friday takes on a holiday flavor. Pending return of the Gingerbread Tour has downtown merchants drafting, crafting, baking and making edible masterpieces for display and voting beginning Dec. 1. Vying for […]

Nov. 6 Lineup Announced

George Streetfest on Main is gearing up for this Friday’s Big Fall Bash honoring the contributions of Big Brothers Big Sisters in southern Utah. Get the lineup, click here: GFF110415 NOV-week of George Streetfest press release           November vendor list:   Skylar Lui Chang Petroglyphs BioLife Urban Renewal Urban Renewal Koker Kreations […]

George Streetfest Returns with Good News, Great Concert

George Streetfest on Main returns Friday, Nov. 6 with the good news of event continuation through 2016. Recently, St. George City Council and the St. George Area Convention & Visitors Bureau announced renewal of sponsorship and support for southern Utah’s new nightlife event at Historic Downtown St. George. Performing at the Precision Hearing Main Street Concert Nov. 6 will […]

George Receives Nod to Become Permanent Resident Event

George Streetfest on Main is gearing up to continue through the winter months with a Big Fall Bash in November, Gingerbread Tour in December, and a New Year’s Day Masquerade on January 1. Then, with approval of renewed support and sponsorship by St. George City and the St. George Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, this […]

George 2016? Cast your Vote

With five months of Main Street fun under our belts, George Streetfest on Main event organizers are looking to the future. Community input is critical as we consider the future of first Fridays in Historic Downtown St. George. Please take a few minutes to share your opinions. Click here to take the George Continuation Survey

“Preserve New Grass” Change to Jazz Garden Oct. 2

George Streetfest on Main returns to southern Utah Oct. 2, Marathon Weekend, with a necessary change to the Zion Brewing Company Jazz Garden. Event organizers have been informed that though the September remodel of the Ancestor Square Courtyard is now complete, the newly laid grass is not yet able to support crowds of the Jazz […]

News Release: Aug. 7 George Streetfest on Main

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW  George Streetfest on Main returns Aug. 7 with a fresh lineup of performers, a George Mustache Contest, expansion onto Tabernacle Street, and a new total tapas menu at the Jazz Garden. The event’s signature Precision Hearing Main Street Concert will feature three Utah-based bands including southern Utah’s own, Brickwalker. Additional […]

George Stats & August Lineup

Out of the gate, George Streetfest on Main looks to be a successful community event and one that is here to stay. Aug. 7 Bands & Entertainment Announced Returning Aug. 7, the Precision Hearing Main Street Concert on Main Street will feature southern Utah’s own Brickwalker, with guest bands Quiet Oaks of Salt Lake City, and Holy Water […]

June Winner!

Congratulations Jadyn Ashton of Montana. You are our July Color Me George contest winner. Prize awarded on stage tonight, July 3!

Cool Tips from George

   George has Cool News & Event Fun Map The Jazz Garden will stay open until midnight July 3. Happy Independence Day!   4 Important Ways to Beat the Heat 1. First 250 families will receive a FREE George Squirt Bottle thanks to our friends at Stapley Pharmacy. 2. Street misters will be located on Main Street, […]

July Event Map & Lineup

Here’s the official event map. There will be all kinds of fun on the street July 3. Pick up your George squirt bottle at the George Store tent, then refill it all night long at Zion Park (culinary refill station). There will also be spray misters and lots of cold drinks to help you beat […]

July 3 Entertainment Lineup

July 3 Entertainment Lineup Poster Happy Birthday USA! George Streetfest on Main has a lineup that will start the weekend right. Join us Friday, July 3, 6 p.m. on Main Street. Concert continues until 10 p.m., and the Zion Brewing Company Jazz Garden at Ancestor Square is open until midnight.