Colleen Van Mook // Downtown Prince George
Fall is a time to celebrate the changing of the leaves and to embrace that slight chill in the air. Last year, we were so excited to see how Prince George folks filled our downtown streets on the wonderful Downtown Fallfest Saturday in September. Although the 2020 event will look different, we did not want to lose the opportunity to promote downtown and to give our community a chance to celebrate the autumn season.
We have turned Downtown Fallfest into a month-long celebration and a way to support our great downtown businesses – and today marks the official kick-off for the event! With this year’s event, celebrate fall in new ways and more days in Downtown Prince George. From September 19 to October 12, we are inviting everyone to fall for Food Downtown, Experiences Downtown and Shopping Downtown.
You can be sure that downtown is the scene for safe and fun shopping, eating, and exploring experiences for everyone. While the weather is still good, we suggest that you stroll our downtown streets and avenues to find the fresh seasonal flavours of the farmer’s markets, shop our unique stores and boutiques and admire the talents of many local artisans and vendors.
4 ways you can enjoy Downtown Fallfest
1. Downtown Fallfest Saturdays – September 19 & 26, October 3 & 10
We believe that Prince George’s downtown is the place to spend your Saturdays this fall. You will not want to miss the last four Saturdays of the outdoor Farmer’s Market season at Wilson Square and the PG Farmer’s Market. This is your opportunity to buy amazing produce and products. Check out all the vendors at the new Market Place on 2nd Avenue too. Start your Saturday with a delicious pancake breakfast hosted at the Royal Canadian Legion #43 from 8am to 11am, and afterwards discover our unique stores and boutiques as you stroll downtown with your friends and family.
2. Food Downtown
Our downtown restaurants have done a tremendous job of continuing to provide delicious food for dine-in and take-out. The safety of the staff and the customers has been top of mind with some very creative solutions for safe dining. Whether it be breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or a snack, with over 30 restaurants and cafés to chose from there is something for every craving that exists.
3. Experiences Downtown
There is so much to do in our downtown and we’ve organized some great experiences with our downtown businesses. We put together several packages that can be purchased and enjoyed with your friends and family. The experiences include a private dinner, family staycations, fine art & dining, cooking & dining, or creating & dining – all organized and booked right from our website.
And that’s not all…
4. Enter to win your own downtown experience
For the whole month, while you are celebrating Fall downtown you can enter to win your very own Downtown Experience. Take a photo of your purchases from downtown businesses and share on our Downtown Prince George Facebook page. You could win a Brew Masters Dinner for Six (Value $450) or a Downtown Staycation for a family of four (Value $350). Enter as many times as you wish when you shop, eat, and explore downtown.
We have so much fun hosting our seasonal festivals and miss seeing the crowds of smiling faces in our downtown streets. We are optimistic that events will come back to our downtown community and when that time comes, we will welcome everyone in the safest environment possible. In the meantime, enjoy the fantastic events and experiences we have curated as part of Downtown Fallfest 2020! Visit our website for full event details.
About the author: Colleen Van Mook is the Executive Director for Downtown Prince George, which is a non-profit society serving all the tenants and property owners in the Downtown C1 Zone. Taking responsibility for the day to day operations and ensuring the implementation of programs, services and projects has been a rewarding role over the last five years. She has lived a familiar story, coming to Prince George with the plan to stay for just two years. 31 years later, she and her husband along with their two adult children continue to enjoy their life in Prince George. During these crazy times, the collaboration and support of this community proves she has made the right choice and she is encouraged to see how the community has rallied around local business, including downtown businesses to Support PG.