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Third Thursday on State Street is a summer event series in downtown Kennett Square where State Street is closed to traffic to make way for outdoor dining, live music, and kids’ activities! It’s one of my very favorite things to do downtown in the summer, and I was so disappointed to miss the festivities in May and June. Last week, I finally got to go and enjoy Third Thursday for July, and it reminded me of why I look forward to these events so much! Here are 5 things I love about it:
1. The novelty of hanging out and eating in the street
A fair number of State Street eateries have outdoor seating, but it’s a really festive environment to have everyone outside at the same time. The tables sell out in the days before the event, so make sure you get your dinner reservation in early! This time, my husband and I met up with friends for dinner at La Madera, where, as far as I’m concerned, the main rule is to Always Get The Guacamole!
2. Live music
There’s always a live music act at the corner of State and Union, and they are so good! The music is family-friendly and high-energy. In July, we enjoyed the Rolling Thunder Blues Revue as we walked around and had dinner.
3. Fun activities
Third Thursday is not just about food! There are great activities for adults and kids, and most are free. Last week for kids, there was a balloon artist, games with the YMCA, and a crafty maker station with the Kennett Library! Adults could sign up for a spot at the painting station with Kennett Design, and groups could get their photos taken in the Tiny Tin Photo Booth. There’s really something for everyone!
4. Running into friends and making new ones!
Even if you don’t plan to meet someone at Third Thursday, the chances are good that that you will see someone you know while you have dinner, decide what flavor of ice cream you want, make a craft, choose a photo booth prop, or request a balloon animal. And any of those spots are a good opportunity to strike up conversation with the person next to you and make new friends!
5. A unique, small-town experience
Let’s face it: not every town will literally stop traffic so that everyone can have a block party, but that’s what Third Thursday is! Plus, a lot of places offer special experiences that can only come about because of the open environment. At the latest Third Thursday, Philter hosted a crab dinner, and Kennett Brewing Company, Salt + Stone, Marché, and Anchor Life + Fitnesscollaborated on a progressive dinner! You can’t do either of those on just any day.
Mark your calendar for the remaining Third Thursdays this year: August 17and September 20. See you then on State Street!