Grandview Hop piggybacks other events for maximum fun
First Hop set May 25, the evening of the city's Memorial Day parade
An event held the last weekend of each month will keep Grandview Avenue hopping.
The Grandview Hop returns for a new season May 25. The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Grandview Avenue between First and Fifth avenues.
"We're having a shortened season again this year, like we did last year, and holding the Hop four times, May through August," said Michelle Wilson, executive director of the Grandview Chamber of Commerce.
"Reducing the number of times we held the Hop did what we wanted it to do," Wilson said. "It leaves people wanting more and limiting it to four hops allows each one to be a rich and fun experience for visitors."
Businesses along the route stay open late on Hop nights and many businesses display artwork created by local artists and have special sales or activities, she said.
Vendors also set up along the Hop route and food trucks will be located this year on Grandview Avenue near First Avenue.
"We're moving the food trucks down toward First to help drive traffic toward that area," Wilson said. "A lot of people start out at the Bank Block building and stay in that area."
Live entertainment will be featured each month, including a performance by Colin Gawel and the Lonely Bones in June.
While this year's Hops will be held on Saturdays for the most part, the June Hop will held Friday, June 28, to coincide with this year's Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic.
"We didn't want to force people to decide whether to come out for the bike race on Friday night and also come back on Saturday for the Hop," Wilson said. "Having the Hop on the same night as the bike race and street party will be good for the Hop and good for the bike race."
The May Hop will be held the same day as the city's Memorial Day parade and the opening of the municipal pool and Grandview Baseball Softball Association season.
"It will make for a nice full day of activities for people to enjoy in Grandview," Wilson said.
In July, the Hop will be held following the annual Lazy Daze of Summer festival.
The goal of the Hop is to help bring more people out to Grandview Avenue, she said.
Destination Grandview, the community's convention and visitors bureau, coordinates the Hop.
Any vendor interested in reserving a space at this year's Hop can do so at destinationgrandview.org.