Downtown Joplin Alliance: What’s Up Downtown?

Downtown Joplin Alliance (DJA) has a lot of fun, upcoming holiday-themed events and several updates in their new e-newsletter! Learn more below.

Upcoming Events & Activities

November First Friday WineShare

Friday, November 3 @ 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Hosted at Newton’s Jewelers | 1331 E. 4th Street

Join DJA and community members at Newton’s Jewelers and view their gorgeous selection of fine jewelry (including estate pieces) and chat and network with other downtown patrons while enjoying light snacks. This is a free 21+ networking event. Simply bring some business cards, a bottle of wine or craft beer to share, and enjoy yourself!

Find out more here.

Light Up the Park!

Thursday, November 16 @ 2:00 to 6:00 pm | Spiva Park | 4th and Main Streets

Want to see downtown sparkle? Come join DJA and other volunteers as they help deck Spiva Park out with hundreds of thousands of twinkle lights and other holiday decor! They will have all the lights and supplies needed — they just need willing volunteers to drape the bushes, trees and walls.
There will be tasty hot chocolate to help keep everyone warm, so bring a group of friends or just yourself and DJA will put you to work!
Learn more here.
Deck the Market Halls

Friday, November 17 @ 4:00 to 6:00 pm | Empire Market | 931 E. 4th Street

Come help the Empire Market and DJA staff as they decorate for a festive Holiday Market season!
Sign up here.
Empire Market Holiday Market

Saturday, November 18 to Saturday, December 23 | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm | Empire Market | 931 E. 4th Street

The 6th Annual Holiday Market will be here before we know it! Enjoy the festivities every Saturday beginning November 18 and culminating in DJA’s Tinsel & Tidings Christmas Eve-Eve Market on December 23!

During the Holiday Market, you can find not only the great variety of baked goods, prepared food, produce, local coffee and wine, and pastured meat that you are used to, but also an expanded selection of artisan vendors to make shopping small even easier.

On select Saturdays, gift-wrapping will be available and Santa’s arrival will be announced soon!

If you’re interested in vending during the merriest season of all, apply here.

Fall in Love with Local BINGO on Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 25 @ 10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Downtown Brick District

November 25 is Small Business Saturday, and DJA will be celebrating with Fall in Love with Local BINGO!
You can pick up a free BINGO card at any participating business and get squares marked off as you stroll the downtown district and shop! Each BINGO will allow you to enter the DJA drawing for one of five tote bags filled with hundreds of dollars of products and gift cards from Joplin’s downtown businesses!
We’ll have a limited amount of the branded tote bags for sale on a first-come, first-served basis. Keep an eye out on DJA’s social media pages for more details and a list of all the participating businesses!
December First Friday WineShare

Friday, December 1 @ 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Hosted at Frisco Station Lofts | 601 S. Main Street

Join DJA and community members at Frisco Station Lofts! Come chat and network with other downtown patrons while enjoying light snacks and seeing the gorgeous restored lobby at Frisco Station Lofts. This is a free 21+ networking event. Simply bring some business cards, a bottle of wine or craft beer to share, and enjoy yourself!

Find out more here.

Downtown Update

October wrapped up the 16th season of Third Thursday! This season started in cold, pouring rain back in March and ended on a beautiful autumn night.

DJA has seen tens of thousands of their closest friends, racked up hundreds of volunteer hours, petted a city’s worth of dogs, and eaten more turkey legs and snow cones than is probably good for us.

Thank you to the 2023 Third Thursday Title Sponsors,  KSNF-TV/KODE-TVZimmer Marketing, and The Joplin Globe, and to all of the monthly sponsors as well — Third Thursday couldn’t happen without you!

The 2024 Third Thursday season will launch on March 21 and vendor applications will open in January! DJA will see everyone then!

Friends of Downtown Campaign

DJA’s annual Friends of Downtown campaign has begun, and some of you may have received their giving packet in the mail or a tidy little email in your inbox. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to if you have any questions.

The generous monthly (or one-time) contributions from those who support DJA allow them to constantly expand their efforts in historic preservation, economic vitality, community engagement, and throwing some of the best parties in town.

Their Friends of Downtown Campaign will begin in earnest in November, so you can expect to hear from them soon!

You can also skip the line and donate here.

The Empire Market Workspace

Are you a small business owner who needs space to grow? Or are you currently working from home and desire a more private space? The Workspace at the Joplin Empire Market might be the right fit for you!

We currently have a few office spaces available for lease — they are budget friendly, come with access to shared-use spaces, and have fiber internet access.

For more information, contact Kristina at 417.501.9549 or


Lori Haun, Executive Director
Downtown Joplin Alliance

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