Third Thursdays


Join us for the 2024 Season


Welcome to Downtown Manhattan’s most exciting series of community events! On the Third Thursday of each month from May to October, downtown transforms into a street faire and maker’s market.

2024 Third Thursday Dates and Events

You’ll want to come to each one as you won’t want to miss activities unique to each date! Listed here are activities that are planned outside of the Cake Walk, sidewalk musicians, and variety of maker’s booths.

All events are from 5-8pm, outside!

May 16th: Discover Downtown

Featuring an interactive temporary “paint-by-number” window mural of Starry Night on the 4th street windows of Stifel. Come paint with us!

Check out Art By Daph watercolor, The Witch and The Geek pottery, Steve Gray wood turning, Lore & Stone jewelry, Ann Warren henna tattoo, Robin Vela cross stitch, Missy Burke jewelry, Yard Full Co dog collars and accessories, Terry Remple pottery, and Christopher Chamberlain with a kids activity.

Come by the Brain Station at AJ’s Patio for the kids, the Sunset Zoo’s area with Bug Bingo and Arthropod Adventure, sidewalk chalk station, and the crowd favorite: Bourbon & Baker’s Cake Walk (6:30pm).

Don’t miss these businesses with activities and sales: TheraPie, Wild & Blooming, Brown’s Shoe Fit, The Boutique, Twelve, Flight Crew Coffee, Fragrant Blends, Mesa Collective, The Bargain Boutique, Manhattan Brewing Company, and Finn’s Neighborhood Pub.

June 20th: Summer Fest

Featuring a fiber optics demo, an advice booth, an interactive paint-by-number mural, and more!

July 18th: Midsummer Faire

Featuring artists painting en plein air, a rock painting station, our annual sidewalk sale, and grab-n-go florals.

PAINT En Plein Air

August 15th: Simmering Summer

Featuring an art walk, Raku clay firing, sponge throw, and needle in the haystack in downtown shops.

September 19th: Come Together

Featuring a community art project, corn hole area and mega games, walking history tours, and DIY mini sculpture area.

October 17th: Street Party

Featuring an air guitar competition, fashion runway show, pottery wheels and sidewalk chalk competition. For the last Third Thursday of the year, we close down the street and create a Common Consumption Area where you can grab a drink and wander the street. We welcome you to bring your roller skates and we will end the evening with a street dance.

Be Involved

There are a few great ways to participate in making Third Thursdays amazing community events.


We can always use help manning stations on the street. Everything from overseeing rock painting to directing chalk artists where to draw. If you’re interested in signing up, please email Heather at


If you make something, are an artist, or would like to host a special activity on the street, you can do so by applying right here. There is a $25 charge per event to reserve a spot.

Be a Vendor!


If you’d like to get on our list of musicians for Third Thursdays, sign up with Heather at