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The Greater Belhaven Foundation (GBF) is on go for Bright Lights Belhaven Nights.

In its 13th year, the annual neighborhood street festival takes place Saturday from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m..

Set in the historic Belhaven neighborhood, “Bright Lights Belhaven Nights is an end-of-the-summer tradition that celebrates all things that make Greater Belhaven a great place to work, live and play, including art, music, children’s activities and food,” says a press release about the event.

This year’s event will feature:

  • Three stages filled with live music including blues, jazz, indie rock and acoustic, plus the New Stage Theatre stage
  • A private beer garden featuring a selection of craft beer from across the state
  • A children’s area including space jumps, arts & crafts activities, games and a clown (with an extended 8 p.m. close time)
  • Food for sale from popular Greater Belhaven area restaurants
  • Items available for purchase by the merchants and artisans of the Greater Belhaven neighborhood
  • A silent auction filled with signature festival artwork and a free raffle of items from area merchants
  • Beverages, including water, soft drinks and beer for sale

The event will also feature harmonica musician Scott Albert Johnson, who performed in May with the Boston Pops at Boston’s Symphony Hall, leading two harmonica clinics. The free clinics will be held at the Greater Belhaven Foundation tent and are available for the first 50 people to arrive at each workshop. Clinics will begin at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM. Participants can bring their own harmonicas, and the first 40 clinic participants will also receive free “BLBN” commemorative harmonicas.

Speaking of music, the 2017 line-up includes:

Belhaven Park Stage:
5:00 p.m. Young Valley
6:00 p.m. Cary Hudson
7:00 p.m. Seratones
8:20 p.m. The Weeks

Hogan Stage:
5:15 p.m. Kudzu Kings
6:30 p.m. Cedric Burnside Project
7:45 p.m. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Acoustic Stage:
5:00 p.m. Vibe Doctors
6:00 p.m. TB Ledford
7:00 p.m. Taylor Hildebrand
8:00 p.m. Sara Sullivan

Tickets are $10 per person and are available at and at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are $1 each. The festival will extend along Carlisle Street from McDade’s parking lot toward New Stage Theatre, and also turn onto Kenwood Place and extend into Belhaven Park. Free parking will be available at New Stage Theatre, along Belhaven streets that have not been closed off, and in the parking garage adjacent to Baptist Health Systems Medical Arts East at the corner of North and Carlisle Streets.

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights has been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for the month of August by the Southeast Tourism Society.

This family fun event is presented by Baptist Medical Clinic Fastpass, C Spire, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Medical Practice Solutions, Mississippi Sports Medicine, and Southern Beverage Company.

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