Grandview Avenue will be hopping an extra night this summer.
The Grandview Hop has expanded to four Saturdays, including a September event.
The first Hop of the season will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30, along Grandview Avenue between First and Fifth avenues. The event is held on the last Saturday of each month from June through September.
"We added a September Hop because the demand was there. People wanted to see another month added and we've had great response from our pop-up vendors and food trucks," said Derek Grosso, president and CEO of Columbus Young Professionals Club.
The club presents the Hop with Destination Grandview.
Each month, the Hop includes live music and entertainment, vendors and a rotating roster of food trucks.
"We already have all of our food-truck spots filled up for the entire summer, even with the additional month," Grosso said.
"The social-media buzz for the Hop is going through the roof," he said. "On our Facebook page, we have 16,000 people saying they are interested in going to the Hop. That doesn't mean they're all going to go, but this is the largest response on social media we've had."
An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people attended last year's Hop events, and "we expect that number to keep growing this year," Grosso said.
Grosso said he believes the Hop is now established as a premier summer event in central Ohio.
"It's become a known event. People know that summer means it's time for the Grandview Hop," he said. "We also distributed around 5,000 door hangers to homes and apartments in the Grandview area this year and I think that's helping to generate more excitement and awareness of the event."
During each Hop night, businesses on and near Grandview Avenue remain open late, many holding special sales and activities. A variety of pop-up vendors also set up along the avenue.
The Endeavor Brewing Co.'s pop-up beer garden will be located on Second Avenue off Grandview Avenue.
All proceeds from the beer sales are donated to a different charity each month.
The June beneficiary will be the TriVillage Mentor League. Other beneficiaries during the summer will be Dress for Success (July 28), Columbus Inspires (Aug. 25) and the Columbus Australian Rules Football Club (Sept. 29).
"We always set aside one month for the Mentor League because that is a Grandview-area organization," Grosso said. "For the other months, we look to select a good mix of causes and organization to support."
Last year, the beer garden raised about $10,000 for charities during the three Hop events, he said.
Live music and entertainment is offered at multiple sites along the Hop route. The lineup for June 30 includes Sean Marshall (5 to 9 p.m.), Jenny Flory (5 to 7 p.m.), Sam and Rod (7 to 9 p.m.) and ice-sculpture carving by Sculptdecor (5 to 9 p.m.).
The food trucks slated for the June Hop are Cousins Maine Lobster, Explorers Club Food Truck, Fetty's Street Food, Loops and Put it in Your Face Sandwich Cart.
The event also will include a children's activity area this year.
"We're looking to make this even more of a family-friendly event," Grosso said. "The Hop offers a comfortable vibe where you can bring your children and your dog and just hang out with your friends."
For more information about the Hop, visit www.grandviewhop.com.