Entries by Melynda

The Social Media Story of Georgefest

    There is no doubt that Georgefest has a strong fan base in southern Utah and beyond. Not only is the event’s following seen each month at Historic Downtown, St. George. Fans are also making noise on social media. First Friday, Oct. 6, marked Georgefest’s 32nd event – a milestone that provided a perfect platform for acknowledging social media […]

Georgefest kicks off Oktoberfest Friday, Oct. 6

(KUTV) Salt Lake City – As if you need another reason to visit St. George this time of year, Georgefest kicks off Oktoberfest October 6th, 2017. Melynda Thorpe, Georgefest founder & creator, joined Kari & Dave on Fresh Living to talk about the big event. Click here:  Watch the KUTV interview. According to Thorpe, “Georgefest […]

Georgefest Offers Free Entertainment

Published in Dixie Sun News, Sept. 2, 2017 by Hannah Pollock Georgefest offers students free entertainment every first Friday Main Street shuts down, booths fill the sides of the road, the smell of fried food drifts through the air, and music can be heard from blocks away. Just follow the lights in the sky, and you’ll find […]

Georgefest Case Study

Case Study:  How one Popular Nightlife Event Created an Appeal for Permanent Residency in Southern Utah Facing financial strain from instant popularity and continuous crowd growth, George Streetfest organizers returned to the whiteboard to draft a design that could carry the community-loved event forward into the future at Historic Downtown St. George. INTRODUCTION In October 2014, Emceesquare Media […]

Tip Your Hat to Country George Friday, Sept. 1

Southern Utah prepares to celebrate Country George this month with a tip of the hat to knee-slapping, boot-tapping music and fun. Friday night, Sept. 1, at Historic Downtown St. George, Georgefest will sponsor the third annual George Mustache Contest at the Jazz Garden at 8:30 p.m., and an array of live music performers slated to offer a musical lineup with a country twist. […]

Georgefest History and Marketing Research

  In 2014, the southern Utah public relations and marketing agency Emceesquare Media began formally formulating ideas for a monthly first Friday event to be located at the heart of Historic Downtown St. George, Utah. Then titled George Streetfest, the event brand and design gained initial enthusiasm and vote of sponsorship from St. George City, […]

Georgefest Back to School Bash Aug. 4

As summer vacation comes to a close and students ready to return to the classroom, Georgefest is gearing up to offer southern Utah’s biggest end-of-summer last bash. Friday night, Aug. 4, Georgefest welcomes the return of a Main Stage favorite, the band Sego of Los Angeles. Performing for the first time at the Jazz Garden, […]

2-hr Launch Delay July 7

With high temperatures expected this weekend, event organizers and St. George City announce delay of the Georgefest event start time by two hours. Attendees can beat the heat by arriving at Historic Downtown two hours later than usual July 7, along with the addition of several event cooling features. Rather than the standard 6 p.m. […]

All-American George Event Lineup

  Historic Downtown to Celebrate All-American George July 7 The greater southern Utah community is invited to don red, white and blue July 7, as Georgefest extends Independence Day festivities with “All-American George.” This month’s street festival will celebrate all things Americana, with homegrown entertainment, locally produced food and beverages, family-friendly games, and a visit […]

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 […]