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Save the dates for The Davisphere 2023 concerts

Crowds gather in Davis’ Central Park on Sept. 29, 2022, for one of the Thursdays in The Davisphere events. The concert series resumes in August, at various spots downtown. (Courtesy photo)

(From press release) Thursdays in The Davisphere, the concert series launched in 2022 by Davis Downtown, will resume in August with new venues and activities, in five fun-filled events.

Thursdays in the Davisphere will appear in different areas of downtown, depending on the date. Brett Maresca, executive director of Davis Downtown, said the entertainment lineup and locations will be announced in the coming weeks. “We’re going to be testing a few different locations and a few different activities,” he said.

The 2023 dates are Aug. 31, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m.

While significantly different events, the series complements the Davis Farmers Market’s Picnic in the Park, which will return on Wednesdays in May. Picnic in the Park will be from 4 to 8 p.m. May 17 through Sept. 13 in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. Along with the traditional farmers market, it will have local bands, children’s activities and food vendors. The remainder of the year, the market operates from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, and year-round from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

The inaugural season of Thursdays in The Davisphere was weekly in September and October 2022, thanks to funding from a city of Davis grant to revitalize local businesses emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. A follow- up survey showed a nearly 90% approval rating of the event, citing the energy and vibrancy it brought to the downtown. This year, Davis Downtown builds on this feedback, expanding it beyond Central Park. It will host five events between late August and late October.

The 2023 series “is designed to get people moving around downtown and involved with different businesses, not just in one area,” Maresca said.

The Davisphere event on Sept. 21 is timed to welcome returning UC Davis students, and will include mobile food and beverage vendors as well as a beer and wine garden. Patrons are encouraged to purchase their food and drink from surrounding businesses as the event is hosted at additional locations downtown. Davis Downtown will continue to provide a designated nonprofit beneficiary to receive a portion of proceeds from participating bars and restaurants.

Davis Downtown is recruiting sponsors, vendors, bands and family entertainment acts. For details, email Autum Foss at [email protected].

Davis Downtown leads and energizes the downtown as the primary business, entertainment and cultural center of Davis. Alive with activity seven days a week, downtown Davis draws locals and visitors alike to experience fine food and beverages, retail, professional services, arts and entertainment in an extraordinary and sustainable gathering place.


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