Downtown Oak Park celebrates summer with diverse events
Released on: May 30, 2008, 8:01 am
Press Release Author: Anna Wilson
Industry: Non Profit
Press Release Summary: Downtown Oak Park\'s Dine-Around \"Thursday Night Out\" series starts June 5. Each Thursday this summer will feature a different festival theme as well as live music and other entertainment for the whole family.
Press Release Body: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Pat Zubak May 27, 2008 Executive Director Downtown Oak Park (708) 383- 4145 email@example.com
Downtown Oak Park jump-starts long summer weekends with "Thursday Night Out" Event Series
Oak Park- Downtown Oak Park is gearing up for a summer full of special events for the entire family. The ever-popular Dine-Around "Thursday Night Out" series will kick off the first week in June with "Bluegrass in the Oaks" featuring the bluegrass Leadfoot String Band from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 5.
Leadfoot is known for their Chicago-style bluegrass flavor inspired by jazz, blues, and metal sounds and have mastered instruments such as the mandolin, acoustic guitar, upright bass and banjo. The band's high energy, soulful performances are guaranteed to entertain.
In addition to music, watermelon eating contests will take place downtown from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Contests and prizes will be divided into different age categories. Registration at the Information tent is required by 6pm.
Each Thursday night from June through August will feature a different theme that will showcase appropriate music, entertainment, dance lessons, arts and crafts. June will feature: June 12- Mardi Gras on Marion will feature Creole music from the band "Cajun Vagabonds from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as well as tap dancers from "Trans-Rhythm Tap". "About Faces" will be painting special Mardi Gras face art from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Carlton the Mime and a balloon artist will also entertain. Other evening events include, mask making and bike decorating June 19- Passport for Fashion will be a weekend event starting Thursday showcasing "Gypsy Rhythm Project" as well as Friday night Salsa lessons and Saturday night Creole entertainer "Midway Ramblers" from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 26- Cool nights Hot Salsa will feature "Cuban Essence" from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as well as Salsa lessons and dancers.
Thursday Night Out is a unique event that is back for its sixth year in Downtown Oak Park. $12.00 buys a Dine-Around book of 4 coupons that constitute a progressive dinner to be enjoyed in the district's 16 restaurants. 54 course options feature menu items in four categories- appetizers, main courses, desserts, and beverages. Participants can use them all in one eatery, or have each course in a different location. Books can be shared, and used throughout the 13-week long event.
Shopping is also part of the fun, and it is assisted by late hours and a free $5 gift certificate given to those who purchase two Dine Around ticket books.
Everyone is encouraged to ride their bike to these events to reduce traffic, save gas, and build up a hearty appetite. For more event details please call the Downtown Oak Park office at (708) 383- 4145 or visit our website at www.downtownoakpark.net
Web Site: http://www.downtownoakpark.net
Contact Details: 1101 Lake Street Suite 202 (708)383-4145 (708)383-4975 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org