Buzzing food carts, live music and giggling children will fill the streets of downtown Klamath Falls for the first Third Thursday of the festival season on June 20.
Third Thursdays, street fair celebrations of Klamath Falls’ art, food and culture, will be on June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15, this year. Outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking, kayaking and biking will be highlighted as this year’s theme, according to Klamath Falls Downtown Association Executive Director Darin Rutledge.
“We definitely want to capitalize on the theme and see if we can integrate those activities to feel the theme as you’re walking around,” Rutledge said.
Main Street downtown will be blocked off between Third and 11th streets from 6 to 9 p.m. for each event, with live music provided by Michael Quinn and Cherry Wine in Sugarman’s Corner at Main and North Sixth streets.
Vendors, mostly from Klamath County, sell everything from local honey and produce to jewelry, clothing, soap and candles.
“It’s a group snapshot of the Klamath Falls community at large,” Rutledge said. “Not just downtown, not just rich people or poor people or blue-collar people; it’s a great snapshot of our community in general.”
Rutledge said there will be free activities for children including a bouncy house and pony rides. KFDA is also hoping to display antique tractors from Branch 21 of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association which are featured each fall at the Hildebrand Threshing Bee, as well as artistically decorated pianos which will be set up for patrons to play across downtown.
Rutledge said he appreciated how Third Thursdays encourage attendees to meet new people, connect with old friends and discover services and businesses in the community. He said it was a good way for nonprofits and stores to find new customers and clients as well.
“I think there are a lot of people who will come downtown, enjoy Third Thursday with their significant other, then pop into a restaurant for a cocktail and meal,” Rutledge said. “It just makes people feel good about Klamath Falls.”