NEWMAN - Downtown Newman will continue to be a focal point of community activity on Friday evenings through the end of October.

Visitors to the downtown area will find an array of food, craft and produce vendors when the Newman Harvest Market opens its 2020 run this Friday afternoon.

In addition, said organizer Alicia Mendoza, the city’s community liaison, the popular Main Street Eats program will continue as well.

The combined events will allow West Side families to enjoy a full Friday evening downtown, Mendoza said, by offering the opportunity to browse through the market vendors and then sit down to enjoy outdoor dining in the Main Street setting.

Mendoza said craft and produce vendors will be set up in the 900 block of Fresno Street, while food vendors and participating restaurants will be offering outdoor dining in the 1400 block of Main Street - creating two full blocks of family-friendly Friday night activity.

Relocating the Harvest Market from the downtown plaza, where it was held last year, was a deliberate step to integrate the events, Mendoza explained.

“If we were to keep it (at the plaza), it would take away a little more from all the businesses,” she said. “Main Street Eats has been quite successful, and I’m sure the businesses downtown are all happy with the idea (of having the market on Fresno Street). This is an opportunity for our community to come out, and shop locally to help each other out.”

The events are sponsored by the city of Newman and the Newman Chamber of Commerce.

Harvest Market hours are 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Main Street Eats will be held from 5-9 p.m.

The events will be held each Friday through Oct. 30.