In the Loop by Grace Dove

Festive Fridays

With glorious summer weather upon us, it’s time to hit the road in August, September, and October and explore the cities and towns along the NBat Loop that celebrate Friday each month. Whether they include art walks, beverage tastings, live entertainment, or crafts by local artisans, these events are sure to be a lot of fun – you’ll never know what neat events you’ll find.

Dedicated organizations and visionary volunteers have created unique free events showcasing their towns’ charms and attractions, encouraging visitors to stop by for a visit. In each case, don’t forget to check out many examples of vintage architecture for some great photo ops while you’re out & about.

Many of these events are on Facebook, so don’t forget to log in and like them.



Binghamton’s “Taste of SoHo” is open from 6 to 9 pm with dozens of venues, courtesy of the Gorgeous Washington Street Association and sponsored by M&T Bank, The event debuted in 2004 with an art walk and has grown tremendously since then.

The Gorgeous Washington Street Association, called “gorgeous” by those who know and love the area, is an eclectic, visionary group of area businesses, corporations, art galleries, museums, restaurants, arts organizations, and many others dedicated to helping the area achieve its full potential as a fun, fascinating destination. The hometown of the creepily-creative TV host Rod Serling, Binghamton is conveniently accessed via I-81, I-86, and I-88, as well as Routes 17, 7, 11, 12, 17, and 434 (the Vestal Parkway.)

First Friday brochures – with a description of venue locations, entertainment, and a street map – are available at participating member businesses. For more information, visit



The First Friday Gallery Night in Ithaca takes place from 5 to 8 pm. It is organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and is sponsored by the Tompkins Trust Company and, in part, by the Community Arts Partnership.

This enjoyable tour of art openings and other special cultural events in and around delightful downtown Ithaca showcases the lovely town nestled at the southern end of Cayuga Lake. With about 20 venues to explore, each First Friday Gallery Night features an eclectic mix of events could include dance performances, nostalgia and the social media age, special layered glass techniques, artscapes and/or crafts.

Go to the event’s website ( to download a printable PDF of each month’s guide or pick up a print guide at participating venues on the night of the event. For further information, contact



Owego’s First Friday Art Walk is presented by Historic Owego Marketplace and takes place from 5 to 8pm. It features a variety of talented artists and musicians, various demonstrations, beverage tastings and exhibitions from local merchants.

This art-filled event showcases the creative talents of local artists, musicians, writers, and performers. Visitors are encouraged to visit all of the participating locations each month from April to October and pick up an Art Walk Passport at the Deck, 200 Front Street. The Passport is a handy listing of the details of each location’s attractions. Simply get your passport stamped at each location that you visit, then enter it to win a prize from local merchants at the Art Walk After-Party.

For more information, visit



The First Friday Art Walk in Scranton uses the arts to revitalize the downtown. Each month, from 5 to 9 pm, it features dozens of galleries, businesses and cultural events located at the area’s best restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and small businesses.  It’s designed for those who enjoy the arts, and for venues seeking to attract new customers.

Explore the downtown by walking or take a ride on the trolley bus shuttle. Don’t forget to admire the city’s historic architecture along your way for some fabulous photos. Electric vehicle drivers can find several charging stations near downtown.

You can get a free map by signing up on the website. You can also sign up there to request information about showing your work.



First Friday Community Days in Towanda is a collaboration of enthusiastic individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses that are passionate about creating a vibrant environment to celebrate music, art, food, and fun. You can find artists, crafters and artisans, plus musicians, performers, and others. It also includes tasty treats and beverage tastings, and movies & presentations on various timely topics.

In addition, you’ll find a wide range of attractions, from outdoor activities to  historic places. It’s also home to a national district with buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, some dating from as early as 1830. Don’t forget to charge your camera’s batteries to take advantage of the lovely vintage architecture and spectacular fall foliage.

For more information, visit www./ or



Each month through September, artists and musicians take over Pittston’s Main Street from 5 to 9pm as part of the Second Friday Pittston Artwalk. The walk features over 20 artists and also includes live entertainment, delicious food, interactive art activities, face painting, and more.

The City of Pittston, which organizes the event, boasts a diverse collection of ethnic restaurants, beautifully-restored buildings, and a whimsical mural or two. Its beautiful riverfront includes lovely views of the Susquehanna River and its graceful Route 11 concrete bridge.

For more information visit



Montrose 3rd Friday takes place every month year-round along the streets of downtown Montrose. Presented by the Montrose Merchants Association on behalf of  the Montrose Area Chamber of Commerce, many local businesses stay open from 5-8pm and several host local artists; live music; wine, beer, and/or cider tastings; specialty foods; and a number of other treats & surprises.

It’s a perfect time to eat and shop locally and support downtown businesses while having fun. Along the streets between the participaing businesses, you’ll also find pop-up shops, food trucks, entertainment, special activities for the kids, and a whole lot more.

For more information, like Montrose 3rd Friday on Facebook.



You never know what you’ll find in historic downtown Tunkhannock when you set aside time to attend Fourth Friday in Tunkhannock from 6-9pm through September.

The event is organized by the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, the Kitson Arts Alliance, and the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association to promote shopping locally.

If you turn in a receipt from a retailer or a restaurant on a Fourth Friday, you’ll be entered to win some great local gift cards and prizes. To find out which businesses are holding events each month, visit the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce on Facebook and click on the event “Tunkhannock Fourth Friday Series” or visit the chamber’s website at

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