Play Downtown

Get ready for a good time, any time.

Entertain yourself and your family downtown. From the arts to the outdoors, you’ll find something for everyone.

What do you want to do first?  A walk down historic Main Street or through the neighborhood offers so many choices.

By day, you can make pottery or jewelry, stroll through a gallery. Stop by the Public Library for children’s story hour or an author reading.  Think about taking a music class or browse locally made musical instruments.

Statesboro is home to one of Georgia’s must-see farmers markets — the Main Street Farmers Market is a foodie mecca Saturdays, April through November.  Fresh and local produce, served up with music and fun activities.

And there’s nightlife when the stars come out.  The Averitt Center for the Arts and its Emma Kelly Theater offer music, theater, dance, movies and an ever-fresh art gallery.  Raise a glass at one of our bistros or taverns.  Or, try your luck at a little billiards. And join us for F1RST Friday, a monthly downtown celebration for the whole family.

Do a little time traveling, too.  Many Downtown buildings and homes are on the National Register of Historic Places.  And, a Confederate memorial marks the route of General Will T. Sherman’s forces through Statesboro on their March to the Sea. Pick up the History Walk Guidebook at our offices.

Or just relax and feel the warmth of the Southern sun – and charm.  Take up a bench on the courthouse lawn, listen to a bubbling fountain, enjoy the landscaping in our historic downtown.

Looking for help planning a stay?  Statesboro welcomes thousands of guests every year for vacation and business.  The Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau can help you with grown-up getaways or family fun.  They’ll connect you to one of our thousands of hotel rooms – including a historic Downtown inn. Find out everything you need to know about attractions, dining and entertainment.  Need event planning services?  They can work with you on conventions and corporate events, reunions and weddings.  Visit

Event Calendar

Arts-Related Activities

Averitt Center for the Arts

Address: 33 E. Main St., Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Phone: 912.212.2787
Hours: M-F 9am-4pm; Closed Saturday & Sunday

Southern Pottery and Art Studio

Address: 43 E. Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Phone: 912.259.9929
Hours: Tu-Th., 11am-6pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-7pm
Website: southernpotteryartstudio

Board & Brush Statesboro

Address: 20 S. Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia 30458

Holiday Inn Express

Address: 425 S. Main St., Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Phone: (912) 205-5999
Website: holidayinnexpress

Georgia’s Bed & Breakfast

Address: 1123 S. Zetterower Ave., Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Phone: 912.489.6330

Historic Statesboro Inn and Restaurant

Address: 106 S. Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Phone: 912.489.8628

Quality Inn & Suites

Address: 230 S. Main St., Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Phone: 912.225.4999

Red Roof Inn & Suites

Address: 316 S. Main St., Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Phone: 912.489.2626

Outdoor Activities

Blind Willie McTell Trail


Downtown Dog Park

Year-Round Events

First Fridays

On the first Friday of every month, everyone is invited Downtown to enjoy the sights and sounds, businesses and green space, fun and food – and each other.  The excitement starts at 5:30 pm, usually centered on the Courthouse lawn at the Main Streets intersection.
2023 Sponsorship


Summer block party with live bands, cornhole tournament, food/drink vendors, and Kid Zone coming to Downtown Statesboro! This inaugural event is packed full of activities for the entire community. Downtown Statesboro summers have never sounded better.

Statesboro Farmer’s Market (April-November)

Georgia Magazine named the Statesboro MainStreet Farmers Market, a “Must-See” Market. Here’s why: Every Saturday from early April to the end of November, the Downtown Main Street Farmers Market is the place for fresh local fruit and vegetables, meats and dairy, and food products like preserves and baked goods.  Thousands come to buy from dozens of vendors, making a personal connection in the farm-to-table movement – all in an atmosphere of music and good fun.

Shop by Lantern Light: November 22nd 6pm-8pm  Synovus Bank Parking Lot

Shopping by Lantern Light, a fund-raising event held annually on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to benefit the Statesboro MainStreet Farmers Market and the Market2Go. In the spirit of the market, we invite a wide range of vendors to sell their locally or regionally produced food and craft items. The emphasis is on produce, prepared food and decorative items that shoppers will want to buy for Thanksgiving and the holidays.  

Date-Specific Events

Scare on the Square


Halloween Festival on East Main Street October 22nd from 9am-1pm. Activities include, trunk-or-treat, costume contest, hayride, train ride, special dances, Candy land game, candy land game, spooky house, vendors and fun.

Scare Video


Holiday Christmas Celebration
Vyve Christmas Card Contest form



Chili Town Information

Chili Cook-off Registration 2022

2022 Cook-Off Categories:

  • Overall Best Chili
  • Best Restaurant Chili
  • People’s Choice
  • Best Decorated Booth


Georgia Miscellaneous Event Tax Form

Special Events Georgia Tax Rules

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