Check out these exciting events coming up in downtown Princeton!

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Celebrate Princeton Street Fair

Mercer Street Grassroot District

Get ready to Celebrate Princeton! Enjoy a full day of live music and special performances including Imagine Circus, a performance circus troupe featuring aerial trapeze, silks and lyra right in front of The Renaissance Theater! Ride the zipline and jump on the meltdown, shop tons of vendors, check out quilt & car shows and artist demos, discover the creative businesses in the Mercer Street Grassroots District and enjoy the enlivened and colorful atmosphere of downtown Princeton.

Stay tuned for a complete performance line-up and schedule of activities.

Vendors, visit celebrateprinceton.com for info. & an application.

ADMISSION IS FREE!

PRP Community Conversation

Venue TBA

Want to talk about downtown development? Have a question, idea, concern or conversation topic you'd like to explore? Want to get involved? Join us! We'll talk about new businesses, upcoming events, and anything else that the group wants to explore. Everyone is welcome; the only reqiurement is a positive attitude! If you have a question or idea, bring it with you and we'll talk about it! Venue TBA soon. Questions? Feel free to call: 304-320-8833. We hope to see you there!

5th Annual Downtown Countdown

downtown Princeton

en epic New Year's Eve celebration featuring lives music, street performers, family friendly activities and a ball drop & fireworks at the stroke of midnight.

Community Celebration & Conversation!

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The Renaissance Theater

It's a new day on Mercer Street! Join us as we celebrate all that has changed, all that is currently being developed, and what's to come. Get the latest scoop on the theater and all the downtown businesses and check out our new look! Then, envision the future with us! Community coach Eric Pories from the WV Community Development Hub will lead us in an activity which will help us envision what the next chapter of our development will look like. Enjoy delicious sweet treats from Coal Country Kandies, meet new friends and get involved!

Mercer Monster Mash

downtown Princeton

Events for the Whole Family Bring Mercer Street Back From the Grave! Kick off the night with Trick or Treat on Mercer Street and enjoy family friendly activiites all evening. Take a little break... and then, at midnight, it's the return of the cult classic ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at midnight (back by popular demand!)

Events are FREE of charge.

DO you love Halloween?! We sure do! Join us!

Stay tuned for all kinds of event updates on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1520858351266758/

Autumnfest

produced by Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, this fall street fair features tons of vendors and family friendly activities.

Monthly Cruise In

Come cruise Mercer Street like the days of old! Bring your classes car, a lawn chair and prepare to have some fun! The volunteers that put this event together love what they do and are excited to bring this tradition back to life. Keep up with them here: https://www.facebook.com/CruisinMercerStreetWV/timeline

PRP Community Conversation

Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Art Gallery , 900 Mercer Street , Princeton

Want to talk about downtown development? Have a question, idea, concern or conversation topic you'd like to explore? Want to get involved? Join us! Everyone is welcome; the only reqiurement is a positive attitude. This edition will be held at the awesome new Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Art Gallery. If you have a question or idea, bring it with you and we'll talk about it! Questions? Feel free to call: 304-320-8833. We hope to see you there!

Celebrate Princeton Street Fair

downtown Princeton

Get ready to Celebrate Princeton! Enjoy a full day of live music and special performances including Cirque De Vol, a performance circus troupe featuring aerial trapeze, silks and lyra right in front of The Renaissance Theater! Ride the zipline and jump on the meltdown, shop tons of vendors, check out quilt & car shows and artist demos, discover the creative businesses on Mercer Street and enjoy the enlivened and colorful atmosphere of downtown Princeton. Find details at celebrateprinceton.com, and stay tuned for a complete schedule of activities!

ADMISSION IS FREE!

Music performances by The Kind Thieves, The Magnum Opus, The Ball & Chain, The One Voice Project Band and more TBA! Dance performances by The Silverettes, Princeton Dance Studio and more. *Rotating Canvases Live Art Mashup featuring talented artists from your community. STAY TUNED FOR THE COMPLETE LINEUP & SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES.

Visit celebrateprinceton.com for more information, vendor application and more.

All Together Arts Week Grand Finale PARADE & Day of Merriment

Downtown Princeton

The most whimsical day of the year in downtown Princeton! Don your faerie wings, grab some glitter and join the fun! The day begins at 11am with sidewalk chalk, face painting, costuming and joyous festivity. We will make our way to the parking lot next to Service Cleaners at 12:30 p.m. and begin marching at 1 p.m. down Mercer Street. Costumes, wings, puppets, glitter, and non-motorized floats are welcome and highly encouraged. Anyone is welcome to join the parade! (No motorized vehicles are allowed.)

After the parade we will make our way to the Town Square for drumming, dancing and general merriment.

This day concludes a week of creative activities around Mercer County as the Grand Finale of All Together Arts Week.

Visit alltogetherarts.com for more information and a complete schedule of the week's activities around Mercer County.

Business After Hours & Live Art Auction Fundraiser

The Turnaround , 855 Mercer Street

Part of the All Together Arts Week Gallery Hop and sponsored by City National Bank, this special PMCCC Business After Hours and Live Auction will benefit The Princeton Renaissance Project and the restoration of The Historic Royal/Lavon Theatre. Expect mingling, delicious food and libations.

Own a Piece of History! The unique works of art were created by area artists using antique pressed tin tiles salvaged from the theatre. Pictured in the photo above is one of the featured works, “Honeysuckle Blossom on antique ceiling tin tile”by Oddy Gumption.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO BID! All art may be shipped. Here is how the Absentee Bidding Process works: The bidding will not start at your maximum bid. The bidding will start on the floor and your bid will be advanced until you either win the item or are out-bid. In other words, you may have bid $100.00 on an item and win it for less than your High Bid. The winning absentee bidders will be notified within a day or two of the auction and arrangements will then be made for payment, pick-up, etc.

The works of art will be available soon for viewing and early bidding at www.princetonrenaissanceproject.org/auction. More will be added soon, so check back often.

A live auction conducted by Steve Johnston will conclude the evening of this event. The artwork will be on display the week leading into the auction in The Turnaround. You maybe stop by to view the art and also make bids in person if you desire. There will be a $5 admission charge.

This event is part of All Together Arts Week, a county wide celebration of the arts. Visit alltogetherarts.com for a complete schedule of activities.

New Business Grant Grand Finale Pitch Contest

The Room Upstairs

At the end of 2016, Princeton Renaissance Project announced its inaugural New Business Grant program for downtown Princeton. Several applications were received and on Thursday, March 9th at 7pm in The Room Upstairs, the entrepreneurs will compete in the Grand Finale Pitch contest for cash grants, advertising packages and other prizes. The public is invited to cheer on the entrepreneurs and learn about their business endeavors downtown. 4 winners will receive $3,000 to go towards rent of a storefront on Mercer Street and a free membership to the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of other cash prizes and perks will be awarded to select contestants. Other incentives for the winners and all new businesses include waived B&O taxes for the 1st year of business in the City of Princeton and ongoing coaching and workshops.

The grants are made possible by Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh through the Blueprint Communities Min-Grant program, and the pitch contest is sponsored by A Vision Shared of Charleston and a variety of community partners: WVNS, KissFM, Star-95, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Princeton Times, Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and more.

Princeton Renaissance Project team member and assistant city manager Mike Webb says, “I am extremely excited about the fact that new businesses will be locating on Mercer Street! It will be so good for small business owners, the business community, the community at large as well as all those who have been involved to make this happen.”

Downtown business owner Melissa McKinney says, “We are exited to have new neighbors downtown! When my students and their families come to their lessons, (at Stages Music School) they are always looking for places to eat and shop, and we are really looking forward to having other businesses here to synergize with, to cultivate that friendly neighborhood feeling that has been building downtown.”

The pitch contest will be hosted by The RiffRaff Arts Collective in The Room Upstairs, a beautifully restored turn of the century ballroom. The evening will feature live music by the local band based in downtown Princeton “The Change” and refreshments. Anyone is welcome to enjoy the evening. For more information, please call 304-320-8833.

La Rouge- A Red Dress Event in Downtown Princeton

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various locations in downtown Princeton

Enjoy a night on the town at local businesses! Enjoy live music and refreshments, meet new friends, check out the creative businesses, shop for a one-of-a-kind gift for your sweetheart or create one! Enjoy creations by local artists and mix & mingle in the atmosphere of our creative community. Please don your favorite red apparel in honor of St. Valentine's Day!

Some highlights of the evening: Register at 5 locations to WIN Free Tickets to Grease at Chuck Mathena Center! Enter at all 5 locations in inreases your odds: The Hatter's Bookshop, Let Your Art Shine, The RiffRaff Arts Collective, Gary Bowling's House of Art and Stages Music School. Enter to WIN a sweet Valentine's prize package at Diamonds 'N Gold Look Enjoy Special Red Drinks at Danny's Bar Paint your own pottery at Let Your Art Shine Live Music at The RiffRaff Arts Collective, Stages Music School & Danny's Bar Meet & Greet with Artists at Gary Bowling's House of Art

Stay tuned for more details! Questions? Call 304-320-8833

Variety of Events at Downtown Business Locations!

Downtown Businesses

There's a lot going on downtown on a reular basis, too much to list here! Stay tuned to the frequent events at creative downtown businesses like The RiffRaff Arts Collective (http://www.theriffraff.net), Dayfly Books & Collectibles (https://www.facebook.com/dayflybooks/events), Princeton Public Library (http://www.princetonlibrarywv.com), Sly Fox Shoppe (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sly-Fox-Shoppe/782076471837078), Diamonds & Gold Look (http://bronzelook.com) and more.

4th Annual Downtown Countdown

Mercer Street, Princeton, WV

Ring int he new year in downtown Princeton with an epic celebration including 5 stages of music, street performers, games plus a ball drop countdown and fireworks at midnight. A party for the whole family! Stay tuned at downtowncountdown.org

Mercer Monster Mash

Mercer Street, Princeton, WV

The 4th annual Mercer Monster Mash Halloween Extravaganza in downtown Princeton will include Trick or Treat on Mercer Street, ghost stories, a paranormal investigation, the ever popular midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show and more. This event is very popular!

Creepy Cruise-In!

Mercer Street, Princeton, WV

The final Cruise-In of the season will be ghastly! Don your costume, dress your car up and come cruise Mercer Street like the days of old! Bring your classes car, a lawn chair and prepare to have some fun! The volunteers that put this event together love what they do and are excited to bring this tradition back to life. Keep up with them here: https://www.facebook.com/CruisinMercerStreetWV/timeline

If you have an event going on in downtown Princeton and would like us to include it on this page, please write to lori@princetonrenaissanceproject.org.