I love summertime in Meridian! There is something for everyone! In fact, just this past Saturday I shopped for produce at the Meridian Youth Farmers Market, cooled off at the Kleiner Park splash pad with my grandkids, and watched the sunset from my patio on a gorgeous summer evening. As I watched the sun go down, I thought of all of the amazing things we have to do, right here in our own backyard! So if you are looking for some summer fun in Meridian – here are five ideas to consider:
5. Youth Farmers Market
This year marks the second annual Meridian Youth Farmers Market! This event is a long-awaited addition as it’s something the community has wanted for years. In Meridian style, ours is unique because the majority of vendors are youth from across the valley. Bring the family downtown on Saturday mornings, support our local youth and shop the fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and more - everything must be local and personally made. (Now – Sept. 2, Saturdays from 9am-12pm, Meridian City Hall Plaza)
4. CableONE Movie Night
Can you believe this is the 11th year of CableONE Movie Night? I can remember when it first began and it has definitely grown to be a community favorite! Check out the schedule of movies at www.meridiancity.org/movienight and share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #MeridianMovieNight. (Now – Aug. 25, Fridays at dusk, Settlers Park)
3. Concerts on Broadway
This event grows in popularity each year. Who doesn’t want to listen to some great concerts under the summer night’s sky?! And it’s free – thanks to our generous sponsors. Join us for Concerts on Broadway here in the Meridian City Hall Plaza! There will be food trucks at each event this year too. You can find more information at www.meridiancity.org/artsevents. (July 15, July 29, August 12, August 26, 6:30pm, Meridian City Hall Plaza)
2. Meridian Parks
There is plenty of fun to be had in our parks this summer. The splash pads at Kleiner and Settlers Parks are a great way to cool off and there’s fishing right here in town at both of these parks! Our parks play host to numerous events throughout the summer such as the Independence Day Festival at Storey Park, concerts, races, vendor shows and more. And don’t forget to check out Storey Bark Park – your dogs will love the amenities!
1. Experience Downtown Meridian
And finally, I encourage you to experience Downtown Meridian this summer. Learn about our community’s history by following our Historical Walking Tour – you can even download the app on your smart phone! Or check out the changes in downtown. We’ve welcomed several new businesses and there’s always family fun available at the Meridian Library’s unBOUND. They have a lot of great summer programs – check it out at www.mymld.org.
Of course aside from my top five there’s fall fun ahead too, with Meridian Art Week (Sept. 11-16) that will now culminate with the rescheduled Gene Kleiner Meridian Symphony concert at Kleiner Park on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 6pm. Also, Kleiner Park LIVE an outdoor concert series kicks off in August and runs through October, and the Meridian Community Block Party, Sept. 9. Plus, our Parks and Recreation Department has put together a Summer Activity Guide that is full of fun ideas and activities for people of all ages!