Third Thursday is Joplin’s premiere community cultural event. Every Third Thursday during March through October, thousands of people gather on Main Street in Downtown Joplin from 5:30pm to 8:30pm to enjoy local artisans, music, entertainment, and food.

Applications for the 2018 Third Thursday Season are now closed. Thanks for such a great year!

makers market

Makers Market

The monthly Makers Market at 3rd Thursday and its indoor pop-up galleries throughout downtown is filled with some of the areas best collections from local makers and artists.  Some works are for sale and some are simply for exhibition.  There are also additional galleries beyond the 1st to 7th area, Spiva Center for the Arts, Local Color and Phoenix Fired Art.


Performance Stages

There are performances spread between 1st and 7th.  Walk around to hear the different musicians, take hip-hop lessons, and watch vignettes.



One of the best things about Third Thursday is dinner at one of our downtown restaurants.  Dine in or take out and eat while you stroll.



Visit our shops on Third Thursday and be on the lookout for special classes, special discounts, and reasons you have to come back!

If you are a Musician or a Performer or are interested in Special Events, Races, and/or Competitions please reference the information found in the sections below, where you will also find general information, Frequently Asked Questions, and information relating to each type of vendor.


We have many opportunities available for those of you who want to lend a hand and volunteer your time. Click the button below to find out how you can get involved in contributing to the improvement of our community!




Storm Cloud Marketing


Atlas Safe Rooms

Mid-America RV


Blue's Bike Co.

Vendors are responsible for all materials required for their space (i.e. tables, chairs, backdrops, etc.)

If selling, vendors are required by the city of Joplin to purchase a Vendor’s License. It is $5/ year and can be purchased on the third floor of City Hall with Rachel.

If selling, you solely are responsible for any and all applicable state and federal revenue forms and taxes submissions. Downtown Joplin assumes no responsability in the matter.

Limit one vendor per 10X10 space. For vendor collaborations, only one space is provided.

Vendors are responsible for cleaning up of their space, including leftover trash.

Vendors may set up any time after 3:30 pm and must take down area by 9:00 pm.

Vendors may bring a tent for booth space, tent size is limited to 10’x 10’

If using electric, always bring at least 200 feet of extension cord to ensure you can reach electrical boxes.

Additional Questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of this page.

To continue to appease the large crowds that come to Downtown Joplin on Third Thursday, Downtown Joplin does invite a number of food vendors with strict regulations to insure that Downtown restaurants are successful.

All Food and Drink vendors must pass the Food Safety Inspection as set forth by the City of Joplin.

FOR QUESTIONS ON INSPECTIONS CALL Ryan Talken at (417) 623-6122 or email him at

Artists/Makers are responsible (indoor and Outdoor) for all materials required for a professional display (i.e. tables, chairs, backdrops, etc.)

It is the artists’ responsibility to provide packaging for merchandise.

Artists/makers must be available during assigned set-up time. Art Gallery assignments and set-up logistics will be communicated prior to the event.

Artwork cannot include any graphic nudity or violence. (Family Friendly Event)

If selling, artists are required by the city of Joplin to purchase an Artist Vendor’s License. It is $5/ year and can be purchased on the third floor of City Hall with Lind Foulks.

Artists/makers are welcome/encouraged to bring additional lighting (i.e. spotlights and table lamps) for artwork due to unpredictable lighting in each venue. Note: hanging lighting apparatus’ from the ceiling or walls is not allowed.

Outdoor Specific Exhibit Spaces

Limit one artist per 10X10 space. For artist collaborations, only one space is provided.

Display space must be kept clean and in good shape. Artists are responsible for cleaning their space.

Each artist must bring his or her own displays, such as easels, tables, and pedestals.

Downtown Joplin Alliance invites all musicians from near and far to perform for Third Thursday. During Third Thursday, there are many places for performers including the North and South Music Stages, the Performing Arts Stage and on the street throughout the event. As a not-for-profit organization and a free event, at this time there is no stipend available for musicians.

SOUTH STAGE (600 block)
Entertainment on the south stage (600 block) is generously provided and booked by a collaboration of Club 609 and Blue Moon Market.

NORTH STAGE (300 block)
North Stage is focused on all genres of music. We encourage unique genres of music. A PA system can be used, but volume should be minimal enough to reach the audience without drowning out the other performers or conversations on the block. Musicians should bring their own equipment and are responsible for their set-up and tear down.

ON THE STREET SIDE (Limited Availability)
Musicians are great additions to the event at storefronts, street corners, etc. Depending on where other acts are already booked for that month, DJA can usually reserve a location that doesn’t compete with other performers nearby. The length of these sets can vary.


Submissions must be made no later than 14 days prior to the Third Thursday event on the month you are planning to perform.

To sign up, send an email to with all of the following information:

  • First and Last name
  • Email address
  • Cell phone number
  • Full address
  • Month or months interested in performing
  • Basic description of what you plan to do

For more information please contact our Events Director, Lori Haun at

What happens if it rains, storms, or snows?

Third Thursday happens RAIN OR SHINE! This is a rain or shine event and refunds will not be given due to poor weather conditions.

What time does Third Thursday begin?

The event runs every 3rd Thursday of the month from March to October from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

What time can I setup?

Streets close at approximately 3:30pm. Businesses, sponsors and performers may begin setting up as soon as traffic has stopped and streets are fully closed.

Can my organization come and give away free food and drink during the event?

We do not allow for free food or drink giveaways during Third Thursday.
There are however rare circumstances where this is allowed.

Why have you made so many changes since the beginning of the event in 2008?

This event has grown tremendously since 2008. Every year, we take the feedback of our vendors, performers, restaurants, retailers, residents, and visitors and try to take the next step forward to improve the quality and effectiveness of this event.