Forward High Point plans downtown events, from food truck rodeo to block parties | News

Will Kreznick

HIGH POINT — From block parties and food trucks to art exhibits and furry friends, High Point residents and visitors can look to the city’s downtown area for fun and entertainment this summer and fall. Forward High Point, the nonprofit that leads the downtown revitalization effort, is offering special events […]

HIGH POINT — From block parties and food trucks to art exhibits and furry friends, High Point residents and visitors can look to the city’s downtown area for fun and entertainment this summer and fall.

Forward High Point, the nonprofit that leads the downtown revitalization effort, is offering special events and promotions designed to attract more residents and visitors to downtown High Point.

Special events, festivals and promotions are at the heart of what downtown organizations like Forward High Point do on a regular basis, said Ray Gibbs, the nonprofit organization’s president.

“Our long-term goal is to have a slate of diverse activities occurring nearly every weekend in downtown,” Gibbs said. “You don’t have to know exactly what is happening, you just go downtown because you know something is going on.”

The summer series of events planned by the Forward High Point Promotions and Special Events Committee begin with Rock the Point Block Parties starting July 17. The free block parties are from 4-6 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 2 on Gatewood Street, next to the Truist Point stadium box office and north gate. The parties will include live music performed by some of the area’s most popular bands and food and beverages, along with some inflatable games for children. The Rockers gates will open at 6 p.m.

A food truck rodeo from 4-9 p.m. on July 24 will feature a variety of area food trucks that will be set up on Church Avenue and North Elm Street on the east side of Truist Point. The free event will have a stage at the end of Church Avenue for several bands, including the featured band, Bad Romeo. Tents, tables and chairs next to the stage will let visitors escape the sun while enjoying beverages provided by local microbreweries and wineries.

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