Georgefest Birthday Bash a Crowd-pleaser

The Firehose Frenzy Foam Party had patrons dancing well into the night at Main Stage

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 birthday with an impressive crowd in attendance. In addition to serving mustache birthday cake and leading rounds of song, “happy birthday to Georgefest,” event organizers worked in conjunction with St. George Races, drawing a large portion of the community to participate in a range of activities, including the “Moonlight Firehose Frenzy 5K” race, “Galaxy Light Parade,” and the “Firehose Frenzy Foam Dance Party.” The latter had patrons dancing well into the night in a giant foam pit at Main Stage.

The George Jazz Garden is the place to be on first Friday nights

But the overwhelming draw for the evening was the music.

Main stage opened up with Cinders, who got the crowd dancing despite the warm temperatures at the start of the event. As the sun went down and the crowd crept closer to the stage, Cinders’ frontman came down into the audience to close off a successful set.

Cinders were followed by Provo-based headliners The Fangs, who continued to deliver solid tunes to the happy Georgefest guests. Smiles and dancing abounded, all under a June moon.

The night’s big successes belonged to the George Jazz Garden. The Jazz Garden is making a strong case for being “the place to be” on the first Friday of every month, consistently offering a diverse mix of musical acts, wine and craft beer selections, and an ambience that is jovial with a hint of sophistication.

June’s Jazz Garden brought the house down with record attendance for the venue at Green Gate Village. Attendees enjoyed a reason for celebration and some serious rock and roll. Ceneca Red opened the evening as guests started off their evening with adult beverages and good music. The festivity continued to nearly midnight, as Damage Case took the stage with a variety of classic rock songs that had more than one person asking if this kind of fun was allowed in St. George.

It is at Georgefest.

Jazz Garden attendees sang “happy birthday to Georgefest” while enjoying mustache birthday cake

Damage Case led the crowd in a rocking rendition of “Happy Birthday, and the party was capped off with mustache birthday cake. All in all, it was a perfect celebration for Georgefest’s second year!

Georgefest, a nightlife event designed to celebrate the best of southern Utah, is held on the first Friday of every month from 6-10 p.m., with the Jazz Garden at Green Gate Village open until midnight April–October. Main Street remains open until midnight in June for the anniversary celebration of the event’s founding in 2015. Event sponsors include the City of St. George, St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Canyon Media, St. George News, and Etched Magazine.

Georgefest returns July 7 with All-American George, return of The Whiskey Tooth Revival at the Jazz Garden, and Dakota Nights at Main Stage.

For more information, or to become a vendor or event entertainer, visit the Georgefest website.