Join Marietta Main Street downtown this weekend for First Friday: Future Pioneers, sponsored by Marietta College! From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. this Friday, Marietta College will have activities set up on the Armory lawn throughout the evening, while shops host special in-store events. 

Marietta College will also be hosting a giveaway, which shoppers can enter by bringing their receipts from the evening to the Armory Lawn. For each receipt purchase made at a downtown business during First Friday, they will be entered to win a prize basket full of Marietta College goodies. Many shops downtown additionally offer a 10% discount for Marietta College students, a year long partnership to encourage students to engage with downtown. 

“We are very excited to partner with Marietta College for this event,” said Laura Pytlik, Owner of Wit & Whimzy and Chair of Marietta Main Street’s First Friday Committee. “Future Pioneers is shaping up to be a fun evening for families and and an excellent opportunity to visit the downtown shops and businesses.”

With local businesses gearing up for the holiday shopping season, First Friday is a great way to get an early start on checking off items on that Christmas list. “We have such a wonderful variety of shopping and services available in our downtown core,” said Sarah Arnold, Board President for Marietta Main Street. “This year we’ve welcomed a number of new businesses as well, making every First Friday an opportunity for shoppers to find something new!”

Details can be found at and on the event’s Facebook page. First Fridays are monthly events that showcase the best of Marietta and allow the community to take advantage of extended shopping hours.