The Heart of Danville both sponsors and plays a major support role to the range of social events that happen in our downtown throughout the year. Our year-round events provide our community an opportunity to be together and share in fun. They also offer visitors and local residents alike a chance to get more familiar with our downtown offerings and give them reason to keep coming back to shop, work, or play.
HOD 2016 Events
Harvest & Heritage Festival
September 24 (5:00-10 p.m.)
The “City of Firsts” has always been a great place to live and for 2016 the Heart of Danville is excited to bring you the FIRST ever Harvest & Heritage Fest, a celebration of Danville. On September 24th, join us on Danville’s very own Historic Main St. for a celebration of local flavors, local drinks, and local music from 5:30-10pm.
Love Local Fridays
We invite you to come out and Love Local by shopping and eating at any of our downtown merchants for the chance to win some downtown dollars.
Upcoming Love Local Friday dates:
Trick or Treat / Halloween Festival
October 31 (5:30-7 p.m.)
Bring your little ghouls and goblins to a safe and family-friendly Trick or Treat experience on Main St. Merchants will hand out candy to all participants. The THRILLER 'zombies' will perform and the Community Arts Center will have face painting.
Holiday Open House
November 18 & 19
During the open house, stores and restaurants in downtown Danville will be open and offering specials.
Shop Small Saturday
Customers who shop in downtown Danville stores on Nov. 26 have an opportunity to score some "Shop Small" merchandise and promotional materials.
Dec. 2: North Pole Stroll & Festival
These two events will precede the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Elf Fest will be from 5-6 p.m. at Constitution Square Historic Site. Guests can enjoy holiday music by our high school marching bands, hot chocolate and kettle corn, and can get pictures with Santa and his elves and meet the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society's "Reindogs."
From 6-6:30 p.m., the public is invited to participate in the North Poll Stroll, which will begin at Constitution Square Historic Site and end at Weisiger Park. Guests will follow Santa and his elves as he travels down Main Street to the tree lighting ceremony. The Danville Fire Department, color guard, and local high school marching bands will participate in the parade. Once the parade participants have reached Weisiger Park, the annual Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin. Danville Children's Choir will perform during the ceremony. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception at the Community Arts Center and a chili supper at the Danville Fire Department.
Downtown Danville Spring Work/Cleanup Day
Spring cleaning isn't just for your house--it's for downtown, too! Every spring we like to give downtown Danville a little love to help keep it looking beautiful all year long. Roll up your sleeves and join us at Constitution Square!
Great American Brass Band Festival
The Great American Brass Band Festival is an internationally renowned music event. This festival is free, open to the public, and provides entertainment for all ages. Other featured events of the festival include the Gallery Hop, Chautauqua Tea, Brass Symposium, Bayou and Brass Event, Parade down Main Street, and Picnic at Centre College. Wonderful live brass band music, good food, and family-friendly fun is what one can expect at this festival. Come out to celebrate this 26th year and enjoy all that the Festival has to offer!
Bayou and Brass
June 3 (12-10 p.m. )
Lawn Chair Theater Summer Movie Series
Free family-friendly movies in Constitution Square Park. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy watching a new movie on a giant inflatable screen with hundreds of friends. Admission is free, and movie begins at dusk. Concessions are available for purchase.
May 27 – Finding Nemo, sponsored by Danville Pediatric Dentistry
June 17 – Back to the Future, sponsored by Family Medicine Clinic of Danville
July 15 – Alice in Wonderland (1951), sponsored by Webster Orthodontics
The movies are the third Fridays of the month with the rain date the following Saturday, May 21, June 18 and July 16.
Soul of 2nd Street Festival
August 13, 2015
Constitution Square Park
The Danville-Boyle County African American Historical Society, the Danville-Boyle County Public Library, and the Heart of Danville Main Street Program are joining forces yet again to bring you the 2nd annual Soul of Second Street Festival. This unique event was created to commemorate our community’s historic African-American business district that was once centered on Second Street in downtown Danville. There will be historical displays, food, and live music.
Stay tuned for festival updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulof2ndstreetfestival.
Vendor applications are now available and can be downloaded here.