NORTH ADAMS — The city has seen much change in the last 20 years, but an event that celebrates its downtown remains a staple of every summer.

The 20th annual Downtown Celebration will be held on Wednesday evening with an array of dining choices, shops to visit, and live performances to enjoy on Holden, Eagle and Main streets.

For the first time in the event's history, Eagle Street will be lined with artisans, farmers and bakers for a special marketplace.

"This will be the first attempt at adding the magic to the street so it will be a work in progress, but we're off to a good start with a visit from our friends at the Berkshire Mountain Faerie Festival, magicians, African drumming, hula hoops, a balloon artist, fortune teller and more," said Suzy Helme, the city's director of community events.

Eagle Street will also feature magicians Johnny Mystic and Linda Peck, music by Roots and Lita Williams near the Adams Community Bank, and performances by a the hula-hoop group Serenity Circles.

On Holden Street, DownStreet Art and Art About Town will be hosting "Hands on Holden," a special community mural-painting event.

On Main Street, a variety of dance and gymnastics organizations will give performances while the Common Folk Artist Collective will host musical performances and the First Baptist Church will set up a Bouncy House. And under the Mohawk Theater marquee, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art will set up a photo booth and art projects.


In addition to the regular lineup of the downtown restaurants, a number of food trucks and other options will be available right on the street. Businesses in the downtown are expected to stay open late for the Downtown Celebration.

A special kid zone will be set up near the entrance to the Steeple City Plaza, featuring performances that begin at 6 and 7:10 p.m.