Ridgway. 1st Friday, June – September

[July 2019 | San Juan Silver Stage]
By Ninah Hunter

IT’S SUMMERTIME IN RIDGWAY, and First Fridays are in full swing. That’s when Ridgway celebrates its local businesses and vibrant downtown. Businesses keep their doors open after hours from 5-9:00 p.m. It’s as much an open house for the public to meet and greet the owners and employees as it is a shopping experience—and there is plenty of shopping to be done!

Practicing the flute in Art by the Park

Practicing the flute in Art by the Park (Kathryn R. Burke)

Ridgway boasts a wonderful variety of unique businesses. There is something for everyone, from gift stores, consignment shops, art and photography galleries, outdoor adventure stores, and more. First Fridays also offer fun and entertainment in the way of live music, street performers, horse-drawn cart rides, art displays and demos, and the like.

Most shops stay open late. Many restaurants have music—although you’ll most likely encounter street musicians, planned or impromptu. Dogs are welcome, too—you’ll find convenient water bowls outside a number of shops’ doors.

Cool ice cream on a warm summer evening. At Café Ridgway.

Cool ice cream on a warm summer evening. At Café Ridgway. (Kathryn R. Burke)

The first First Friday began this year on June 7th and will occur again on July 5th, August 2nd, and September 6th. Come on out the next First Friday and see what’s happening in Ridgway!

Look for the First Friday graphic at participating businesses.

It started out as a way to help promote the ‘old downtown’ along Clinton Street. Many of the historic buildings, including the old bank building and  Sherbino theater building, are still there. Before long, as folks were strolling, they strolled around the corner, past the Grit and the Park and over the highway to the boardwalk shops.

It’s a great time to meet up and mingle with friends, locals, and visitors. When you are done shopping, you can enjoy a delicious meal or refreshing beverage at one of the many great eateries and pubs in town, many now with outdoor dining spaces.

Two ladies weaving.

Two ladies weaving. (Kathryn R. Burke)