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 first Friday night of every month.
“We’ve been absolutely delighted to see Georgefest become such a favorite with the local community, and with out-of-towners who come to enjoy the beauty of southern Utah,” said Georgefest Founder and Executive Producer Melynda Thorpe. “For so many people in the area, our event has earned ‘must-go’ status; they wouldn’t think of not being a part of this wonderful, inclusive celebration whenever they’re in town.”
Georgefest now spans two city blocks on Main Street at Tabernacle, and includes a DJ dance party, street buskers performing for tips, a food truck village, artisans presenting handcrafted items for sale, booths offering games and activities for kids, and much more. Also, the best in local and regional (and even national) entertainment can be found on Main Stage from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
One of the most significant signs of Georgefest’s growth and popularity has been its shift to a new venue for the Jazz Garden, presented by The Desert Pulse. Said Thorpe: “We loved our first Jazz Garden site in Ancestor Square. But since our attendance has basically doubled, we needed to find a bigger space. Fortunately, the good folks at Green Gate Village offered us a new ‘home.’” Now, Thorpe added, all Jazz Garden guests who are 21+ have plenty of room to enjoy sophisticated entertainment offerings – and dance if they’re so inclined – while sampling boutique wines, craft brews, artisan tapas, and specialty sodas.
The June edition of Georgefest will again feature a collaboration with the City of St. George. Just in time for Georgefest’s second anniversary, the “June Moon Jubilee” will offer a Galaxy Glow-Parade (with floats bedecked in florescent paint and glow-in-the-dark trim), a Fire Hoze Frenzy hosted by the St. George Fire Department, and the Moonlight 5K fun-run/walk through downtown St. George. “The St. George Race Department is really looking forward to being a part of the June Georgefest anniversary celebration once again,” said Aaron Metler, City of St. George recreation coordinator, and one of the area’s most renowned runners. “Georgefest has turned into an extremely successful event that draws the whole community in each month. So our team is really excited about partnering with Georgefest again in June, and presenting some really fun, healthy activities for everyone in the area.”
Georgefest – AKA “nightlife you can get excited about” – gets underway at 6 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, with live music presented on Main Stage until 10 p.m., and in the Georgefest Jazz Garden until midnight. The Jazz Garden is located at Green Gate Village, next door to Judd’s Store on Tabernacle Street. Follow the searchlights, and wish Georgefest a happy second birthday!