It's Friday junior, and the Town is celebrating Thursday's throughout the summer.

Downtown Summer Thursdays are happening every week and the event offers something for everyone.

This year the Town has been encouraging merchants and shops to stay open late, much like what happened for the kick off to the Canada Day long weekend.

Community Events Coordinator Mark Doherty, says there actually is a number of things to do in Okotoks tonight.

"There will be activities for families, and we've been encouraging the shops to stay open!" For example Doherty says to stop by the Art Gallery.  "So tonight, there's art on the lawn at the Art Gallery, then from 6-8, there's open mic at the OAG, which is usually a big favourite."

Outdoor fitness is being offered in the Old Towne Plaza, but if you're looking for something to do with the kids, Doherty says head towards the Library.

"West of the library, on the north side, in Triangle Park we've planned some kids activities. There will be crafts and games with the kids, giving the parents some time to stroll and enjoy, while giving kids some fun things to do."

Doherty shares that this is positive for the Town as well, as increased foot traffic downtown provides economic value to merchants along McRae and Elizabeth.

"Obviously it's very positive when you can bring people to the downtown core, particularly when it's pedestrian traffic." Doherty says, "People will stroll through the shops that we've encouraged to stay open, because we're carrying that exciting momentum from Canada 150's Friday night."

A similar event was held on Friday June 30th, where 40 vendors and merchants participated and a lot of positive feedback was received by businesses and organizers.

Downtown Thursday will get underway around 5 PM, for specific times and activity information click here.

Questions, comments, or story ideas? Email us at news@okotoksonline.com

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