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Third Thursday is Joplin's trademark cultural event. Every Third Thursday between March and October, thousands of people fill Main Street Joplin to enjoy local art, music, entertainment and food. Join us from 5:30-8:30 for the main events. Stay later for the after party!!

Art Walk:

Art galleries pop-up all throughout downtown and are filled with art collections from local artists. Some art work is for sale and some is for exhibition. There is also a shuttle to to Art Galleries beyond 1st and 7th including 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 look for Third Saturday promotions . . . special classes, special discounts, and reasons you have to come back!

After Party:

Third Thursday on Main Street finishes at 8:30pm, but Downtown is still thriving into the wee hours of the night! Whether you are looking for a late dinner, a calm drink, or a rockin' party, we've got it!


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Downtown Joplin Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown community as a thriving, safe and attractive center of art, history, enterprise, commerce, culture, residence, and entertainment.