GOSHEN — Downtown Goshen is gearing up for one of its most popular First Fridays events of the year with the I Heart Goshen Bicycle Criterium and several food tents set up for Taste of Goshen.
WHAT IS FIRST FRIDAYS?
First Fridays is a monthly event that highlights downtown Goshen with live performances, fun activities and business promotions. The next event is Friday, May 2.
FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
I Heart Goshen Bicycle Criterium: Registration begins at 2 p.m., and bike races for kids and adults start at 4 p.m. in downtown Goshen. A full list of race guidelines with a map, categories, times, prizes, fees and more is available at cityonthego.org.
Taste of Goshen: Enjoy flavors from around the world with chefs cooking up international cuisine from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at a food tent on Washington Street between Main and Fifth streets. The event is hosted by the Community Relations Commission as part of an ongoing initiative to support cultural diversity in Goshen. The menu will include Salvadoran, Korean, Palestinian, Puerto Rican, Russian, Ukrainian, Indian and Amish food.
Goshen Farmers Market: The Goshen Farmers Market, 212 W. Washington St., will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with coffee, tea, juice, soda, smoothies and snacks including apples, scones, bagels, cinnamon rolls, baked oatmeal and chocolates. The farmers market will also have jewelry, purses, soap, produce and meats on sale.
Shout for Joy concert: Listen to the youth choir Shout for Joy from Goshen College’s Community School of the Arts at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 215 E. Lincoln Ave. The choir includes sixth, seventh and eighth graders who auditioned to sing with the group for this free concert. Snacks and beverages will be served throughout the evening.
3rd String concert: Take a break from the races, enjoy a glass of wine and live music by 3rd String from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gateway Cellar Winery, 211 S. Main St.
Recycled bicycle chains and more: Visit Ten Thousand Villages, 206 S. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for repurposed bike chain products and other bike-related merchandise from picture frames to earrings to bottle openers. Bike race winners will receive a repurposed bike chain keychain.
Bicycles and tornadoes: Visit the Goshen Historical Society Museum, 124 S. Main St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to see 1965 Palm Sunday photos up close. Dale Garber will be signing copies of his book, “The Ariel Bicycle Company.” Waterbound will play music in the front window.
Author signings: Three authors will sign copies of their books from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Better World Books, 215 S. Main St. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary professor emeritus Willard Swartley will signs copies of “Living Gift: John’s Jesus in Mediation and Poetry, Art and Song.” The 189-page volume compiles artistic pieces, including poetry, hymns and art, that act as companions to biblical text. Writer Rachel Nafziger Hartzler will sign “No Strings Attached,” the story of a Mennonite congregation in Indiana that existed for 86 years. Author Paul Sheldon will sign “A Voice from the Pews,” which shares insights and devotionals through text, pictures, references to scripture and life experiences.
Pre-Mother’s Day special: In preparation for Mother’s Day, Found at 208 S. Main St. will have specials on purses, bracelets, scarves, jewelry and other items Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3.
Street cleaning for the bike races will start at 4 a.m. The race course will be set up from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. along South Main Street, West Lincoln Avenue, Fifth Street and West Jefferson Street. Races kick off at 4 p.m. and end around 9 p.m. The course will be taken down between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. No parking will be available all day along the race course.
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