by Rina Rien, Director, Casa Grande Main Street

As most of us reach our breaking point with monsoon storms and air conditioning-induced lethargy, take heart in knowing fall is just around the corner, and there is local fun in your historic downtown.

We’ll kick off the season on Friday, Oct. 13 with an encore of “Oktoberfest,” our most popular evening event. Traditional polka music, biergarten and brats will be on hand from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Historic Florence Street. As always, this event is free to attend and will include community favorites, such as a classic car show from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., “Live! in the Alley” open mic and the RaMagik dancers. Come dressed to impress in your lederhosen, and we’ll show our appreciation for your enthusiasm with impromptu prizes! Main Street will partner with the City of Casa Grande to have a kids’ zone with fun activities to keep the little ones happy.

A very special commemoration will happen at 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Florence and 3rd streets. In partnership with The Casa Grande Historic Preservation Commission, we will conduct a lighting ceremony for our first restored neon sign, the Sunset Court, which will be installed on the south wall of Western Trading Post. Future plans include a Highway 84 Trail Mural to complement the Sunset Court sign.

The City of Casa Grande will bring “Family Fright Night” back to Historic Florence Street on Oct. 31. Carnival games and food, a Zombie Walk and Monster Mash Dance in the Alley provide a family-friendly environment for your night crawlers!

“Day Out Downtown” Living History Tours will resume on third Thursdays beginning Oct. 19! Our monthly event runs from October through April (except January). We meet on the Main Street Patio at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments and an orientation before heading out for a one-hour historical walking tour at 10 a.m. Restaurant specials, a merchant scavenger hunt and tours of The Museum of Casa Grande and the Casa Grande Art Museum complete your “Day Out Downtown” experience. With prior notification, groups are welcomed.

The best way to stay in the know is signing up for our text message service. You’ll receive weekly announcements on your smartphone for upcoming events with hotlinks that will take you right to event info and ticket sales. Just text CGMS to 57711. You’ll be prompted to authorize the texting service with a “yes” and receive a confirmation within seconds!

If you are looking to get involved in your community, please consider joining our “Main Street Mob.” We could not bring you these free events without our tireless volunteers and financial support from businesses giving back to our community. Casa Grande Main Street is a nonprofit organization designed to improve all aspects of the downtown experience. Strengthening public participation and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street’s future as revitalization and preservation projects.

You can find all the latest information for ongoing events and more by checking out our website at cgmainstreet.org. Click on our Facebook link to stay connected and “like” our page for impromptu announcements.