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. Come help us celebrate our Tenth Anniversary this year and make it the biggest one yet!
March 16th | April 20th | May 18th | June 15th | July 20th | August 17th | September 21st | October 19th
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.
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!
Large & Small Businesses
Single Event $50, Season Pass $400
Single Event $100, Season Pass $800
NOT FOR PROFIT
Full Menu & Snack/Drink Vendors
Single event $75, Season Pass $600
Snack & Drink
Single Event $55, Season Pass $440
ARTISANS & MAKERS
Outdoor & Indoor
Single event $15, Season Pass $120
Single Event $10, Season Pass $80
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.
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 Linda Foulks.
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.
Participation in Kidz Zone simply requires that you have a kid’s based activity as part of your booth. To sign up for Kidz Zone, simply check the box on the application.
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.
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 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.
This stage is already booked up for the 2017 season.
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.
PERFORMING ARTS STAGE GUIDELINES (northern portion of 600 block)
Performing Arts Stage is a venue for experienced performers from any genre (i.e. dancer, actor, singer, comedian, puppeteer, etc.). Once accepted to perform at Third Thursday, your time slot and the evening line-up will be emailed to you. Sound equipment will be set-up prior to the event. This is the best venue for beginning musicians who have a small repertoire of music, or any musical group looking for a short set.
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 seven days prior to the Third Thursday event on the month you are planning to perform.
To sign up, send an email to email@example.com 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
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. That being said, we have only had 1 rain out between 2014 & 2016.
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.