Plans are underway for the Downtown Blooms Backstreet Bash on May 22.

The event will mark its third year, albeit with a new name and a slightly new location. Most of the event is free.

“Music and sidewalk sales will be a continuing part of the festival, but it is going to be bigger and better with a pet show, the Keep Greenville Beautiful Home and Garden Show, student art show and community wide garage sale,” said Friends of Main Street President Friendlee.

Many of the activities will be located on Jordan Street, one block north of Lee Street, which will allow Lee to remain open to vehicular traffic.

The names of the events echo the new location: Backstreet Boogie (music stage), Backstreet Bargains (community garage sale) and Backstreet Bark (pet event).

The Keep Greenville Beautiful Home and Garden Show will be located in the Landmark on Lee.

“We’re still putting together the full music line-up for Backstreet Boogie, but we know we’re going to have Blast from the Past, Landon Moser and Claxton Webb,” Friendlee said.

Plans are also underway for the first trials of a local talent show to take place at Downtown Blooms. After a series of other appearances, the winners are slated to be announced at the Rally 'Round Greenville Festival in September.

The Backstreet Bark will have a full litter of pet events including commercial vendors, pet adoption, pet portraits, a “Strut Your Mutt” cakewalk, Pet-i-Cures and microchipping.

For the first year, Greenville High School students will have an Art Show at the festival.

The May event was inaugurated in 2008 as the “My Downtown’s Back” Festival to celebrate the completion of the first phase of a new downtown streetscape. Last year, the event became the Downtown Blooms Blues Festival.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Main Street in cooperation with the City of Greenville and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce/CVB.

For more information, visit the Friends of Main Street Web site at or call Friendlee at 903-455-9463.