Downtown Joplin Alliance to Host Downtown Waterfest for July’s Third Thursday

(Joplin, MO) – Downtown Joplin Alliance (DJA) welcomes the community to Downtown Waterfest! Come cool down with this month’s sponsor Abernathy Roofing & Construction, LLC with a dunk tank! Other water-themed activities at this year’s Downtown Waterfest include:

  • Life jacket fittings and raffles from the Alliance of Southwest Missouri
  • Redings Mill Fire Department will have rescue boats on display
  •  Local 59 and the Joplin Fire Department will be on hand with fire trucks and information about the upcoming Proposition Public Safety vote.
  • Live music on the Club 609 stage.
  • Live music from the Bonnie Situation on the 400 block.
  • Over 20 food trucks.
  • Vintage care cruise on the 100 block.
  • Artisan market on the 500 block.
  • Bounce house from Roller City Entertainment.

In addition to outdoor activities, check out some cool indoor activities:

  • Live bands at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub, 510 S. Joplin, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, for all ages.
  • Dream Theater at 124 S. Main with a children’s production.
  • Grand opening at The Boardroom Wine and Charcuterie Boutique, 106 S. Main Street.
  • Barks and Brews at Chaos Brewing 112 S. Main Street.
  • Axe-throwing at Main Street Axe Company, 215 S. Wall Street.
  • Virtual reality game-play at Pennington Station, 518 S. Virginia.
  • Dine-in at any of our fantastic downtown restaurants.

Dress cool and bring your water squirters out to join the fun! Lori Haun, executive director of the DJA, states, “This is a great month to bring the family out and let the kids enjoy the bounce houses, snow cones, and all the other kids’ activities put on by our vendors!”

Sponsors, volunteers, and vendors are all being sought for the remaining events of the season. More information can be found on the Third Thursday Facebook page or at


Lori Haun, Executive Director
Downtown Joplin Alliance

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