February 20, 2017
Contact: John Butler
Chief Operations Officer


Washington Harbor District Alliance Plans for Future

Music In The Streets Takes Hiatus


WASHINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA ­­— Last week the board of the Washington Harbor District Alliance (WHDA) voted to suspend the “Music In The Streets” event and consider new events to support Washington’s downtown.


“Washington is a bright and ever-evolving town and our events should reflect this,” said John Butler, newly appointment chief operations officer, WHDA.


At the same meeting the WHDA Board confirmed a number of other events will continue including the Marine Market (April 29, 2017), Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration (July 4, 2017), Pickin’ on the Pamlico (Sept. 9, 2017), and the popular weekly Farmer’s Market (beginning Early April 2017).


The board made its decision after consolidated feedback from downtown merchants and invested parties at a recently held public meeting. “It’s important for us to listen to our merchants and partners, investing our energy and funds in ways to strengthen and grow our downtown,” said Board Chair Chris Furlough. “‘Music In The Streets’ drew people to Washington and into our shops and restaurants, but over the years its popularity diminished and caused unnecessary stress and complications to many of those businesses we are chartered to help. Our merchants spoke and we took action.”


Although the standing monthly event will be taking a break, the “music” will go on, Butler said, “Music brings people together and is important to promote our downtown. We are in conversations with previous bands and artists, as well as new ones to determine selective placement of concerts and other performances downtown and in surrounding areas based on Washington’s overall schedule of events.”


WHDA plans to announce additional new events in the near future with a number of local partner organizations including the Washington-Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, Washington Tourism Development Authority, and Arts of the Pamlico. A future meeting of local businesses and partners will be held at 8:30AM on March 1, 2017 at Grub Brothers Eatery.




Washington Harbor District Alliance is an organization of businesses and community members working to renew, restore, rebuild, and revitalize the downtown business district; improve economic conditions; encourage tourism; and preserve historical buildings and their significance in Washington, NC. Visit for more information.