A block of Fourth Street downtown will be closed off every second Sunday of the month starting May 12 for a family friendly street festival.
The festival, on the block of Fourth Street between Cherry and Marshall streets, will be called Second Sundays on Fourth and will run through October 13. The events will start at 3 p.m.
Camino Bakery on West Fourth Street hosted street events last year, but owner Cary Clifford said organizing the events were difficult. So this year she invited other businesses to get involved, and they responded.
“We will have live music, kids’ activities and other entertainment,” Clifford said. “Aperture Cinema will be playing Charlie Chaplin films at 1 o’clock on those days.”
In addition to Camino and Aperture, festival sponsors are Mellow Mushroom, Washington Perk and Provision Co., Sally Gupton Photography, Jeffrey Adams on Fourth and Millennium Artisan. Artist Mike Foley donated design work, Clifford said. The Millennium Fund also is helping sponsor the series, Clifford said.
Jason Thiel, the president of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, said street festivals like Second Sundays on Fourth are just one ingredient that has helped revitalize downtown.
“They have chosen a good time on Sunday to close the street, and it is going to be a very family friendly affair,” Thiel said.
“Street festivals have been an ongoing feature of downtown and reinviting people downtown. We at the Downtown Partnership close the streets several times each year. All cities have outdoor events and festivals. You are seeing the vibrancy of our city bringing life to the streets.”