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 more Utah residents and tourists are discovering that Georgefest offers quality nightlife entertainment that everyone can get excited about.

Attendees enjoy a free concert and street market
every month on Main Street.
“Achieving non-profit status is a significant milestone that sets the stage for George to become a permanent resident event in our community,” said Melynda Thorpe, Georgefest founder and board chair. “I am very pleased to announce a Board of Directors that is comprised of recognized community leaders and volunteers. Each has made significant contributions to the event since its inception in June 2015, and with their vision and guidance, it is my hope that this beloved monthly event will remain a permanent part of the southern Utah entertainment landscape for many years to come.”
In less than two years, Georgefest has gained
more than 10,000 social media followers.

Thanks to such themed events as the “St. Paddy’s Spring Fling” scheduled for the March 3 edition of Georgefest, and the “April Fool’s” event taking place on April 7, excitement continues to build each month. Look for high-energy performers on Main Stage (located at Main and Tabernacle in Historic Downtown St. George), along with the usual complement of street buskers and market vendors, a food truck village, and an assortment of other attractions. 

Younger guests will enjoy the DJ Spinz dance party and age-appropriate games, while those 21+ can visit The Desert Pulse Jazz Garden. Now located in the newly renovated Green Gate Village development on Tabernacle, the Jazz Garden serves up sophisticated jazz and blues artists, along with craft beers from Wasatch Brewery and select vintages from Iron Gate Winery. Gourmet artisan tapas – prepared by Chef Shon Foster from Kanab’s Sego restaurant – round out the tasty Jazz Garden offerings.
A favorite attraction of Georgefest is the Food Truck Village.
Photos by Nick Adams, courtesy Emceesquare Media Inc.

A new partnership between Georgefest and Arts to Zion/Gallery 35 now gives art patrons and fans the chance to sample the latest exhibits at the gallery during Georgefest each month. Gallery 35 is the largest all-watercolor gallery in southern Utah, and shows the work of nationally and internationally renowned artists as well as local painters on the rise. The creations of acclaimed St. George watercolorist Mel Scott (the founder and first president of the Dixie Watercolor Society) will be on display through April at Gallery 35, located at 35 Main Street in St. George, with special evening hours during Georgefest.

“As always, this spring Georgefest is offering something fun for the whole family,” said George Scott, vice-president of the Georgefest board of directors. “Whether you want to eat, dance, play games, pick up unique gifts or experience outstanding art, just follow the searchlights to Historic Downtown St. George on the first Friday of every month, throughout the year. This kind of fun is good for you!”
For more information, visit the Georgefest website, or follow the event on facebook to receive regular updates, entertainment lineup information, and event themes. Follow Georgefest on Twitter: @GStreetfest.