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First Friday

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What better way to celebrate those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer than in downtown Mount Vernon?! First Fridays are family-friendly events celebrated on the first Friday of each month, June through September. Main Street Mount Vernon invites you to explore historic downtown Mount Vernon through live entertainment, a variety of local food and shopping, kids’ entertainment, and more. Explore your downtown during First Fridays from 6-9 p.m.

First Friday events are planned and organized by the MSMV Promotions Committee along with volunteer support. If you are interested in participating, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 740-393-1481.

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Mural Dedication

Mural DedicationJoin us to dedicate the newest mural project, designed and painted by local artist John Donnelly. This project is a partnership with the Knox County Landmarks Foundation with the help of The Ariel Foundation! Paint adds color to our buildings and provides a bright spot in the community.

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Final Friday Pub Crawl

Pub CrawlThe Downtown Mount Vernon Pub Crawl is a fun way to experience many of the unique restaurants and bars of Mount Vernon's Historic Downtown. From the couple who's looking for a fun night on the town, to the large group that wants to create a wandering party, this bar crawl will lead you on a night full of delicious drinks. With all the options, it might take you a couple nights! As always, please drink responsibly. Cheers!

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Networking Happy Hour

Networking Happy HourDowntown Mount Vernon is growing, and we’d like to meet other talented enthusiasts at our networking happy hour! Join us for a casual meet and greet networking event to get to know our members and learn what sets downtown Mount Vernon apart. Stay for a little, or stay for awhile; cash bar and appetizers are available.

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Small Business Saturday

Main Street Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon small business community are proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, also called “Shop Small Saturday,” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day. MSMV invites you to shop until you drop in your own community where you’ll avoid the crowds of Black Friday, while investing in your local economy.

Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Many of our downtown businesses will be open extended hours and have promotions and sales. Small business owners and customers alike can encourage their friends to shop small in Mount Vernon.

Christmas Walk/Parade

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Mount Vernon!

Each year, on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, people of all ages line the streets of downtown Mount Vernon for the Christmas Parade and Walk, from 1-5 p.m. Organized by the Mount Vernon News, the parade features a new theme each year, from the Victorian era to classic nursery rhymes, and more. The Christmas Walk features train and carousel rides for kids, family photos with Santa, and one-of-a-kind holiday gifts can be found in downtown businesses. The celebration wraps up with a Christmas Carol Sing at Public Square.

Several activities benefit the annual Food For The Hungry drive.

Annual Membership Meeting

Annual MeetingThe Annual Membership Meeting is a great opportunity for the local businesses and organization to discuss key issues within the Central Business District, distribute important information regarding Main Street Mount Vernon, and vote on new board members and bylaw changes, if needed. In doing this, we maintain transparency by keeping members informed on the status of Downtown Mount Vernon. An Annual Meeting of the Members is required to take place each year according to the bylaws of Main Street Mount Vernon. The bylaws outlines when the annual meeting will take place and what is required of the annual meeting.

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Annual Awards Dinner

2018 Awards Dinner webThe Annual Awards Dinner is a special event for Main Street and the Mount Vernon community! This special evening is when we recognize Main Street members for their dedication to the community of Mount Vernon over the past year as well as acknowledge individuals for their continual efforts to strengthen Mount Vernon and themselves.


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Downtown Ladies' Night

 32836866 10156150059721224 8300881381718753280 oLadies’ Night Out is coming back in 2019! This adult-only event will feature downtown businesses, restaurants, galleries, and more.

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Wine Dinner

WineDinnerWine down with Main Street Mount Vernon!

Every summer Main Street Mount Vernon hosts an exclusive fundraiser to benefit a key cause to support and foster the downtown community. Hosted at Mount Vernon Country Club, the Wine Dinner includes happy hour, live music, a meal, an auction, and more! Tickets go on sale on April 1. So whether you want to stop and smell the Rosé, or think everything happens for a Riesling, we know we had you at Merlot. Reserve your table today!


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Rock the Park

Rock the ParkJoin us at Ariel-Foundation Park for Rock the Park, a concert to support Main Street Mount Vernon events. 2018 concert to feature The Red Ball Jets, a high-energy band, which play selections from Classic Rock, R&B, Modern and Alternative Rock cover tunes. 






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