Midsummer Night on Mass, the reimagined sidewalk sale, to return to downtown Lawrence

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Downtown Lawrence Inc. will again host Midsummer Night on Mass, the community celebration and big sale that replaced the annual Sidewalk Sale for the first time last year.

The event is set for 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 21, all throughout downtown.

It will feature sidewalk sales from retailers, specials from restaurants, and sidewalk entertainment such as buskers and caricature artists to balloon artists and face painters, according to a news release from DLI on Monday.

Many stores and restaurants already have specials, details and links posted on the event website, msnonmass.com.

One promotion that may be of particular interest to Lawrence foodies is a popup from Q39, a barbecue restaurant coming to town later this year.

Andrew Holt

“The goal is to host a great community event while benefitting our local, downtown businesses,“ Andrew Holt, executive director of DLI, said in the release.

He said that last year, Downtown Lawrence Inc. saw “an overwhelming turnout as we moved the traditional sidewalk sale out of the heat of the day and incorporated all facets of our downtown community.”

“We look forward to another afternoon and evening that connects and brings delight to all community members of Lawrence,” Holt said in the release.

As of Monday evening, Friday’s forecast showed mostly sunny temperatures with a high of 92° during the day and an overnight low of 74°. There will be some wind, with gusts up to 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka.

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