First Friday

Join us on October  6 for First Friday in Downtown Temple! Featuring live music and entertainment, food and drink specials, things to do, local favorites, and so much more, First Friday is one of the most exciting events in Downtown Temple. Discover why First Friday is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. First Friday occurs every month on the first Friday of each month. Don't miss First Friday!

Community Summit Oct 6

The City of Temple will be hosting a Community Summit for the first time ever! At this event, residents will have the chance to learn about the events, programs, and services that the city provides, as well as have the opportunity to provide feedback to help shape the future of Temple!

The Community Summit is a FREE event for all ages and will feature an evening of live music from Holly Tucker featured on Season 4 of NBC's The Voice, snow cones, bounce houses, and much more from 5 - 7 pm at the Santa Fe Plaza! Residents will be able to earn prizes and take home cool SWAG! 

Bird Creek Brewing - Will have live music and a happy hour on their house-brewed beers from 8-11 pm.

BJ's Brewery & Tasting Room Will serve up their new seasonal Oktoberfest German-Style Lager and many other cold craft brews to all First Friday guests.

BonBon Market - Will be open until 8 p.m. for First Friday shoppers! 

Cha Community - Will offer their hot Asian meals service, and they’ll also offer a free drink topping and $1 off on their Taiwanese Cold Noodles! You’ll also want to try out their excellent selection of teas and other beverages.

Cheeves Bros. Steak House - Take your pick of half-price appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. in the bar and lounge. Cheeves will also offer half-priced specials on selected beers, wines by the glass, and call-level liquors.

Chupacabra Strength & Conditioning - Don't miss the First Friday open house fundraiser. It will be a great workout for a donation event called "Freedom Fit." Individuals who donate will receive a free beverage token to use at Fire Base Brewing. Heat times will start at 4:30 pm and go until everyone who would like to participate. The money raised at this event will be donated to "Aerial Recovery" a non-profit organization that trains and deploys Humanitarian Special Operators to effectively respond to natural disasters and combat sex trafficking.  

Darling Décor and More – Will hold an Inventory reduction sale during First Friday where selected items throughout the store will be 20-75% off.

Fire Base Brewing -Fire Base Brewing – Will be celebrating Oktoberfest. Liebst Du Bier? If you do, then come join them for their continued celebration of Oktoberfest. They will be keeping the toasts and fun going as part of their 3-week Oktoberfest series! They will offer live music by Mike & the Middle-tones and other tradtional polka musicians, great food by Check Point Germany and so much more!

FoxDog –  Will celebrate Oktoberfest by offering Oktoberfest beer flights throughout the evening. They will also be open later hours for Temple High’s class of 1988 35th reunion social.

Green Door On Second – Will offer 20% off an appetizer when you mention First Friday, and they’ll put on a live piano show at 10 PM.

Hat Trick Sports Bar – Will be open all evening to serve First Friday guests.

J. Kowboy Wine Bar – Will be open all evening to serve First Friday guests and they’ll offer complimentary desserts to anyone who mentions First Friday.

La Dalat - Will offer 10% off an appetizer and $3 for coffee or hot tea to anyone who mentions First Friday.

Lenna Lane – Will be open all evening to serve First Friday guests.

Main Street Courtyard - ‘Artist 2 Artist Showcase’ will hold a ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ festival together with an arts & crafts vendor sale at the Main Street Courtyard at 5 S. Main Street. They’ll have music, food vendors, lots of cool arts and craft vendors, and they will also have Petey’s Sno-Cones Food Truck serving up sweet-treat cool-downs.

Melody's Brunch and Bar -  Will be open for dinner service all evening. Call 254-899-8006 for reservations

Mo's Railyard Saloon & The Grill at Mo's - Mo’s Railyard Saloon & The Grill at Mo’s – Will be open all evening to serve First Friday guests.

Nami Japanese Steak & Sushi - 

Will offer the following First Friday happy-hour specials:  

$4 California Sushi Roll                              $10 Monster Sushi Roll                 

$8 Texas Sushi Roll                                    $3 Domestic Pints               

$6 Japanese Plum Riesling, and              $4 Imports and Special Pints

O'Briens Irish Pub – Will offer 20% off an appetizer when you mention First Friday.

Artist Noel Johnson – Will sell her art on the sidewalk at 17 E Central Ave. next door to O’Briens Irish Pub.

Pignetti's Italian Restaurant -– It will be Lobster Night at Pignetti’s and they’ll be open all evening to serve First Friday guests

Precious Memories Florist and Gift Shop - Will launch their ‘Christmas at Home 2023!’ display of holiday decorations available for sale or for rent at a fun reception with free refreshments.

Temple Children's Museum - Will celebrate the Museum’s 3rd anniversary with their popular ‘First Friday Free’ event including free admission, face painting, and lots to do for children and their families.

Thai Cafe - Will be open all evening to serve First Friday Guests

The Hub - The largest boutique in Central Texas, The Hub, will be open late for First Friday and will offer complimentary refreshments to First Friday shoppers.

The Parlour Antiques and Oddities -  Will have the amazing special guest, ‘REW’, in the store doing life card and tarot card readings for guests from 5-7 pm. Also, they will offer for sale a fun DIY craft project to create a beautiful Butterfly Crystal Ball, and as always they will be open until 8 pm, and shoppers will be given a chance to spin the Prize Wheel for a chance to win exciting gifts and discounts.

The Yard Food Truck Plaza The Yard-Food Truck Plaza – Will offer a great Oktoberfest party with live accordion & polka music by Jerry Haisler and Friends. First Friday guests will be able to listen to music while enjoying meals from the following awesome food trucks:

  • The ‘Taqueria Mi Lindo Nayarit’ food truck - Will offer a 10% discount to any guest who mentions First Friday.
  • ‘Savor Los Catrachos’ food truck – Will be open all evening to serve First Friday guests
  • Lulamae's Cajun Cuisine - Will offer a 10% discount to any guest who mentions First Friday.
  • ‘Mama Llama’ food truck - Will offer a 10% discount to any guest who mentions First Friday.           
  • ‘Chock Full of Cheese’ food truck - Will offer a 10% discount to any guest who mentions First Friday.  
  • You Da man Noodle Man food truck - Will be open all evening to serve First Friday guests.
  • · Da Geezers Italian Shaved Ice food truck – Will be open all evening to serve First Friday guests.

Total Elegance Creations - Total Elegance Creations – Will hold a ‘Grand Re-opening Reception’ at their new location, 711 S 1st Street, from 5-7pm.

Treno Pizzeria & Taproom - Will offer discounts on selected beers and wines, and as always, their pizza chefs will be baking up some fresh hot pizza pies.

Wick & Burn - Will give you an amazing candle-making experience; and this month, they will feature some spooky Halloween-themed themed candles and cocktails, and some cool door prizes & discounted mystery bags. Call (254) 677-6687 to reserve your spot.

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Guide To First Friday

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First Friday is one of downtown Temple's most exciting special events each month. With new themes every month, block parties, food, and drink deals…

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March 3
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April 7
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May 5
Cinco de Mayo 

June 2
Schools Out & Juneteenth

July 7
Independence Day

August 4
Summer Sizzle

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