News from the Heart of Danville
May 2018
4th Annual Soul of 2nd Street Festival

Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Soul of 2nd Street Festival.  This community favorite event is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity as we gather to celebrate the once vibrant African-American business district that stood on 2nd Street through great music, food, and drinks.  The date is Saturday, August 4 at Constitution Square in downtown Danville.  For all updates, like our Facebook event page!

For the 4th Annual event, the festival planning committee has decided to continue with the focus of a community event, by inviting not just food vendors but also local artists, makers of wares and local businesses to come and showcase their products, goods and services during the festival.

Festival hours will be from 4pm-10pm on Saturday, August 4 with a special art exhibition beginning at 2pm.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in participating in the festival, click here for the vendor application. 

Don't Miss the 3rd Annual HarvestFest!

We are excited to announce our headliner for the upcoming 2018  HarvestFest as country artist,  Brandon Lay. Selected as a 2017  Taste of Country Riser, Brandon will bring his catchy lyrics about small town America to the streets of Danville on Saturday, September 22.

This summer he will be opening for Kenny Chesney on the Trip Around The Sun Tour. Make sure you check out his hit single, Yada Yada Yada by clicking below!  

Upcoming Events for May
Goodwood Brewing Company Tap Takeover!  
Bluegrass Pizza and Pub
May 30, 11am
Cupcake Decorating Class
Bluegrass & Buttercream
May 6, 3:30pm
McDowell House Garden Tour
May 12, 10am

Derby Day
May 5, 11am

Doterra Essential Oil Class
Impressions The Salon & Spa
May 7, 6pm

Mini Class: Tea & Etiquette
Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
May 10, 7pm

How To: Funeral Planning
Centenary United Methodist Church
May 9, 6:30pm

Pioneer Playhouse
May 26, 7pm

Lunch with the Arts
Soreyda Begley (Fashion Designer)
Community Arts Center
May 16, 12pm

Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County
May 31, 5:30pm

For other upcoming events in May-June, please stop by any downtown shoppe, Grayson's Tavern, or the Heart of Danville office to pick up one of our new "What's Happening" events brochure.  There is plenty of exciting things going on in downtown Danville!
Main Street Live
Weisiger Plaza
Thursday, May 17

Get downtown on May 17 for Main Street Live! Join your closest friends for live music, local food and beer, for the best NEW event in town. The event takes place at Weisiger Park, in front of the Boyle Co. Courthouse. The party starts at 6:00pm, with live music from 6:30pm - 8:00pm!   Our non-profit partner, Wilderness Trace Child Development Center, will be there collecting donations and telling us what all they have going on.  Our sponsor for the May Main Street Live is Your Handyman, Jeff Cooper.  Don't miss out!

Mike Archer will be rocking the stage for May!  He is inspired by music he grew up listening to in both country and rock and by artists such as John Mellencamp, Jimmy Buffett, Jim Croce, and Bruce Springsteen.  In 2009 Mike recorded and released his first CD The Next Best Thing, his second CD released in 2014, Shoulda Coulda Woulda.  His latest release was a single of the cover song Rhinestone Cowboy in 2016.  Mike's musical talents have landed him jobs with Carnival and Disney Cruise Lines.  He has had the privilege to open for such artists as George Strait, Joe Diffie, Billy Joe Royal, B.J. Thomas, Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack, Daryle Singletary and most recently Martina McBride and Nadirah Shakoor.  We are thrilled to have him in downtown Danville. 

Check out Mike Archer on Facebook , Soundcloud, Spotify or  Youtube
Constitution Square
Saturday, May 12
Movie starts at Dusk

Free Saturday night movie sponsored by Danville Bike and Footwear.   All ages are welcome. Popcorn and drinks will be sold, and all proceeds will go to downtown Danville events and promotion.

"Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history." Rated PG

So, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and come join us under the stars for a great night of family fun in downtown Danville!
We'd Love To Have Your Help
 If you would like to volunteer to help with upcoming events for the Heart of Danville, we would love to have you!  Please click on our Volunteer Opportunities to see the different areas we could use your help in. 

If you are interested in sponsoring any upcoming events or donating, please contact Nick Wade at or 859-236-2361 ext. 141.

The Great American Picnic
  The thrilling sounds of America's finest brass bands will once again fill the air as young and old alike enjoy exciting live performances, the ever-popular Saturday evening festival picnic, and much more. The 29th annualGreat American Brass Band Festival celebrating Main Street America will be held May 31 - June 3, 2018.
The Pinnacle event of the weekend, the Great American Picnic will be held on June 2 on Centre College's beautiful campus. We would like to invite you to join the tradition. Visit to reserve your table today!

Book & reserve your team's spot now as space is limited. Book in the MindBody App or on our Website. 1 reservation per team required. Recommended team size is 4. Up to a max of 6 allowed.

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