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On Friday, August 5th , the City of Thomasville welcomes back the First Friday Sip and Shop concert series with fun for the whole family. Along with an evening full of sipping and shopping, the Carolina Soul Band will hit the stage of The Ritz Amphitheater and Park with some funky beats as the sun sets on beautiful Downtown Thomasville.

"The First Friday concert series is a community favorite event and presents a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to be outdoors and socialize, while enjoying great musical entertainment," said Madison Eaton, Tourism and Events Manager.

Prior to the Carolina Soul Band, attendees can sip and shop their way through Downtown Thomasville by getting a free armband from participating businesses. Many stores and restaurants are extending their hours for the evening. A list of those businesses with extended hours can be found on the Visit Thomasville website. Food trucks will also be serving some delicious food near The Ritz Amphitheater and Park.

"The City of Thomasville is proud to sponsor First Friday Sip and Shop," Eaton said. “These monthly events help bring people into downtown to experience some of the best dining and shopping in the area. They have become true economic drivers for downtown, supporting our local businesses and creating opportunities for these businesses to attract new customers."

As attendees sip and shop, several local bands will be placed throughout Downtown Thomasville to liven the atmosphere. "With this month’s First Friday Sip and Shop, we will have three street bands downtown playing some cover songs and some of their own original music," said Eaton. "This creates a good platform for these local musicians to perform, and our local merchants really love having them in downtown. It’s fun seeing locals or visitors sitting outdoors listening to the music while tapping their toes or singing along."

To cap off the night, there will be a free concert at The Ritz Amphitheater from 8-10 p.m. featuring the Carolina Soul Band. Their music takes listeners down memory lane with sweet soul sounds of Motown.

For more information about the First Friday Sip and Shop events, visit or call the Thomasville Visitors Center at 229-228-7977