Family fun in Calera

First Friday Festival takes off in a revitalizing Shelby County city

Calera Main Street is excited to announce the launch of a new event series called First Friday on Friday, February 5, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM in historic downtown Calera. Despite the COVID-related shutdowns and gathering limitations last year, Calera Main Street was still able to host ribbon cuttings, open houses and a farmers market. The organization learned from those events and gatherings and decided to expand what they are doing in 2021.

Vendors set up along Main Street for Calera’s inaugural First Friday event

“For 2021, we’re beginning First Fridays, a fun, family, festival experience on the first Friday of the month,” Jackie Batson, Executive Director for Calera Main Street stated. “We already have dates and themes for each month. We will have a dedicated Facebook page (follow it here) for details and photo sharing as well. We will run our First Fridays from February through November, since December is focused on Calera’s Christmas Village and parade, and January is just, well, January.

“For the fresh produce growing months of April to October, we will host the Farmer’s Market as part of the First Friday festival experience. The festival will be designed to grow throughout the year as we incorporate more food trucks, artists, vendors, and entertainment.”

Calera Main Street is still accepting vendors and food trucks for the upcoming event. The Main Street merchants will stay open late and offer specials for the event such as: Adventurer’s Coffee Co. will sample their specialty holiday drinks; plant will be unveiling several new gift items and sampling a new skincare line; ROE Hobby will have drink specials; Creations Galore and Moore will feature unique Valentine gifts for sale; and The Garage Kickboxing invites you to “Drop in to Say Namaste,” a drop in yoga event. Be sure to watch social media for other last-minute details.

Booths will be set up on the sidewalk of Highway 25 downtown in front of the shops. Plenty of parking is available in the Calera Courtyard at 1120 17th Avenue (map). For more information, please email calerafirstfriday@gmail.com.

2021 First Friday schedule

  • Feb 5 – Love is in the Air
  • Mar 5 – Shamrock ‘n Roll
  • Apr 2 – Spring Has Sprung (Farmers Market)
  • May 7 – Celebrate Mom (Farmers Market)
  • Jun 4 – Dad’s Night Out (Farmers Market)
  • Jul 2 – Summer Fest (Farmers Market)
  • Aug 6 – Back to School (Farmers Market)
  • Sep 3 – Friday Night Lights (Farmers Market)
  • Oct 1 – Fall Festival (Farmers Market)
  • Nov 5 – Holiday Expo
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