Julyfest Underway in Downtown Binghamton

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Friday’s cooler temperatures brought a big crowd to the streets of downtown Binghamton for the annual JulyFest.

The three day festival features over 40 craft vendors, food vendors, 30 artists in the Artists in Action areas and various live music on the M&T Sound Stage.

Local musician Mike Carbone continues to direct the Music and Jazz portion of the festival.

This year’s lineup includes Latin jazz, blues, an 11 piece R&B show band from Syracuse and perennial local favorite Splash in its traditional Friday night slot from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday Night.

Carbone says it’s great to see people of all ages out enjoying the festival.

“That’s what this whole thing is about.  It’s about community and families and celebrating Binghamton, celebrating music, art, all of our vendors and especially all of our downtown vendors.  And a lot of our businesses in and around the area that support JulyFest and make all of this music free to our community,” said Carbone.

Music will run from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday begins with the annual Parlor City 5K sponsored by Chemung Canal Trust, and ends with a 10 p.m. fireworks show sponsored by Newman Development Group and Twin River Commons.

The Kidz Art Zone returns, organized by the Magic Paintbrush Project, and there will be face painting and balloon twisting.

JulyFest is presented by M&T Bank and 75 other local sponsors.

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