The Amherst BID’s 7th Annual Block Party celebrates the culture, business & community of Downtown Amherst

September 20, 5-9 pm @ North Pleasant Street in Downtown Amherst is the place to be.


Show Circus returns with aerial acrobatics and street performances!

Balloon Art with Ed Popielarczyk – 5 – 7 pm

SprayPaint Artist Tobin Armstrong returns!


Futurliner Stage
DJ Kaliis spins tunes from the Futurliner Stage with special DJ Karaoke fun.
Look for an appearance by the UMass Bellydancing Club!

93.9 The River Stage at Realignment Park 

Crimson Canary – A global tour of music starting in Spain with some upbeat flamenco and journeying on through France, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Mexico and the good ol’ USA. On Stage: 5 – 5:45 pm

Gentle Hen – Henning Ohlenbusch, Brian Marchese, Max Germer, Ken Maiuri – original Indie Pop Rock. On Stage: 6:15 – 7:15 pm
Give A Listen

The Losers, Tom Petty Tribute Band. On Stage  7:45 – 9 pm
The Losers


Visit The Community

Stop by these tables/tents and get to know the downtown businesses and organizations.

We’ll be updating as we get updates

Amherst Cinema – Prize Wheel

Amherst Historical Society & Museum – Scavenger Hunt

Amherst Boys & Girls Club – Pizza slices for sale and a visit by the Valley Light Orchestra

Amherst Hurricanes Cheerleading – Crafts Fundraiser

Amherst Martial Arts – Demonstrations

Amherst Youth Football – Prizes and games

DeMaio Orthodontics – Giveaways and Bean Bag Game

Emily Dickinson MuseumDoughnuts & Death – A Bakers Dozen of Emily Dickinson’s Most Depressing Poems @ 6:45 pm This 45-minute journey to Emily Dickinson’s grave combines Dickinson’s poetry, the history behind her work, and stories about others buried in West Cemetery. Doughnuts and Death will begin at the gate to the cemetery accessed by walking down the alley to the left of the Toy Box toy store at 201 North Pleasant Street. As the program begins, each participant receives a gingerbread doughnut.
8:30-10PM  Festival Screening with director Madeline Olnek: ‘Wild Nights with Emily’ in Emily Dickinson’s garden

Jones Library 

Hope & Feathers – David Costello will be drawing small sketches of people’s favorite animal…real or imagined.  The drawings will be free with frames to fit the sketches for sale.

Joy Art Space – Interactive art

LSSE – Make a craft to take home: Bubble Wands!

M&M Links – Exclusive designs in jewelry and accessories for sale

Mercy House – Raffle Table

First Congregational Church – Blessings To Go is back! Info on Sanctuary Ministry and more. 

Sei Bella Salon – Cotton Candy! ($1 voluntary donation to St. Baldrick’s Foundation)

Spring Street Preschool – Temporary Tattoos

Sunset Grill and Pizza – Prize Wheel (pizza is sold at Amherst Boys & Girls Club table)

The Toy Box – Fun and Games

The Common School – Free Face Painting

APD K9 Unit – Visit with Marvin at the Central Fire Station

Skating Club of Amherst

AMHERST COLLEGE & UMASS  Mens and Womens Basketball Team Members – Shoot some hoops with the team near Ren’s Mobil Station

Northwestern District Attorneys Office – Popcorn!

All of the downtown restaurants will be open, some will be setting up special food on the street

The Amherst Pub – Chicken Quesadilla, Black Bean Quesadilla, Assorted Burgers, Cookies, Lemonade Water

Balance/Real Prep

Bistro 63 – Seafood Risotto, Pork Belly Tacos, Oysters on the Half Shell, Ginger Turmeric Tea

Crazy Noodles – Red Curry Fried Rice (Basil Rice & Zakks Special), Pad Thai, Pad Mee Leung (Sunshine) Eggrolls, Spring Rolls (Rice Paper), Thai Iced Tea

Henion Bakery – Assortment of baked goods, pastries, coffee

Glazed Doughnut Shop – Lemonade, Hot Cider, Doughnuts

La Veracruzana – Chicken, Beef or Bean Burrito;  Cheese or Chicken Quesadillas

Miss Saigon – Egg Rolls, Banh Mi

Judie’s – Pie Assortment: Derby Pie, Caramel Apple, Raspberry Fruit, Lemon Meringue, and half popovers with apple butter

Momo Tibetan – Assorted Momo (dumplings) – chicken, beef, pork, lamb and vegetable

Osteria Vespa – Roasted Porchetta Sandwich

Paradise of India – Pakora, Chicken Tikka Masala, Samosa, Mango and Sweet Lassi

Taste Thai – Pad Thai, Red Curry, Chicken Wings

Top Kabab – Koubideh Kabab (Beef), Jooseh Kabab (Chicken), both served with rice

Sunset Grill & Pizza – Slices for Sale at Amherst Boys & Girls Club


North Pleasant Street will be blocked to through traffic at 3 pm from Amity/Main intersection to Hallock Street (Hope the Cow statue – Realignment Park). Meters will be bagged in this area by 2 pm.

There is on-street parking around the Town Common on North Pleasant and Boltwood Street and along Main Street, Amity Street and Pray Street

Public lots available:
Behind CVS – accessible via Hallock Street to North Prospect St.
Boltwood Parking Lot – off Main Street
Spring Street Lot – Town Common
Amity Street – next to People’s Bank, across from Jones Library
Town Hall – rear lot available via Boltwood Street and Main Street
Pray Street Lot

Additional Parking:
Amherst College Alumni Lot – Spring Street & Churchill Street intersection
Amherst Regional High School  – off of Triangle Street

Athletes from UMass Mens and Womens Basketball team and Amherst College Womens Basketball Team will be on the scene at the end of Cowles Lane (between Catholic Church and Brueggers Bagels). Meet these amazing athletes and shoot some hoops with them!