2017 Events Calender

Main Street Hanford is the leader and coordinator for the continued revitalization of downtown Hanford.  As a certified California Main Street community, members of the organization and hundreds of volunteers work to bring quality events to Hanford to promote downtown as the heart and soul of the city.  

           May 4th-September 28th:  Thursday Night Market Place – This premiere event held every Thursday night from 5:30-9:00 p.m. is much more than a farmers’ market but there is always plenty of fresh valley produce for all!  The market features a beer garden, live entertainment, local vendors, a petting zoo for the kids and theme nights which include Dairy Appreciation Night, Art in the Park, NASL Flyover Night and Paint Downtown Hanford Pink.  It’s the place to be in Hanford! 

          Saturday, September 16th:  Blues & Roots Festival – The blues are alive and well in downtown Hanford and this special event boasts live blues entertainers from 5:30 to 10:00 pm in Civic Park. Enjoy the music, dance under the harvest moon and dine under the stars at this admission free event.   

          Saturday, October 7th:  Moon Festival – Celebrate the completion of the harvest, held the first Saturday in October, when the moon is full.  Hanford’s celebration includes tours of the historic Taoist Temple, live entertainment, moon cakes and traditional Chinese food and a tea garden. This popular event is co-sponsored by the Taoist Temple and Main Street Hanford.  

          Friday, October 20th:  Witches Night Out – A spooktacular ladies shopping night held the third Friday in October from 6-9 p.m.  Grab your friends, put on your fanciest witch’s hat and join us for this spellbinding event.   

Saturday, November 25th:  Small Business Saturday Celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses by shopping and dining at over 20 independently owned unique downtown businesses.  This day is dedicated to supporting the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods. 

Friday, December 1st:  Wine & Chocolate Tasting – Special wines and chocolates are purchased throughout the year and approximately 25 downtown businesses kick-off the holiday season during this extravagant festival.  Participants receive a Main Street Hanford wine glass and sample from the list of over 50 wines and delectable chocolates.  Many of the shops use this event as a Holiday Open House with delicious hors d’oeuvres and unique added touches like live music and photo booths. 

The downtown district includes over 300 businesses with an incredible variety of respectfully restored historic buildings, locally owned retail shops, unique restaurants, and a refreshingly relaxed atmosphere.   

Shop, stroll, dine and discover historic downtown Hanford! 

For more information contact Main Street Hanford at 559.582.9457 or visit our website www.mainstreethanford.com and like us on Facebook.

The Refreshed Main Street Hanford Approach

Main Street Hanford, as a certified Main Street program through the National Main Street organization will soon present "The Refreshed Main Street Approach".  This refreshed approach will focus on the holistic transformation and rigorous outcome measurement.  The primary focus will be on outcomes, as opposed to process.  As has been the case in the past, Main Street Hanford will engage a wide range of local stakeholders in developing a vision of success for our downtown.  Main Street Hanford will also work to develop cross-cutting Community Transformation Strategies that are connected to meaningful, long-term change.  Progress will be measured in a variety of ways, including through economic metrics and qualitative assessment.  Under the refreshed Main Street model, Community Transformation Strategies will become the focus of Main Street Hanford's work.  After community visioning processes and up-front assessments of local market needs, Main Street Hanford will commit to two to three transformations strategies and organize its work around those strategies.  These strategies will be rooted in a thorough understanding of the district's existing assets and economic potential, and will combine a focus on those actions needed to spur long term, sustainable change in downtown, as well as shorter term catalytic activities. To participate in the development of this vision of success for downtown Hanford, contact Shelly at 559.582.9457 or shelly@mainstreethanford.com!!