Extended Opportunity! In partnership with the City of Oil City, the Oil City Main Street Program (OCMS) offers a Façade Improvement Grant Program which provides reimbursable, 50/50 matching grants of up to $5,000 for exterior storefront improvements on eligible buildings located within the Oil City Main Street District. Applications will be accepted on a monthly basis now through March 2023 unless funding is depleted sooner. Learn more here and find complete details with links to application materials in our Façade Grant Toolkit.
The Oil City Main Street Program's Economic Vitality Committee presents a newly updated version of the "Opportunity: Oil City" Business Resource Guide! This guide includes tips for planning or improving your business, a checklist for city permits and other approvals, financial incentives and lending sources, an annual list of downtown events, and helpful contact information. Printed copies will also be available in City Hall, the Oil City Main Street Program Office and other community locations. For more information on opening a business in downtown Oil City, contact the Oil City Main Street Office at 814.677.3152 x 101.
The Oil City Main Street Program’s Public Art Committee has launched a Community Input Survey to gather opinions about public art in the city – your feedback is needed! The survey will be open through Wednesday August 31, 2022 and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Find the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OCMS_PublicArt... you can also pick up a paper copy at the Oil City Library, City Hall, Oil Region Alliance office, Karma Coffee, and Artist’s Attic, or you can download one here. Completed paper surveys may be delivered to the Oil City Main Street Program (Oil Region Alliance office) at 217 Elm Street, Oil City, by August 31. Input gained from this survey will help the Oil City Main Street Program shape a thoughtful plan to take Oil City’s public art to the next level – we hope to hear from you!
NEW TIME! Thursdays 11 am – 6 pm through Sept. 29 on Central Avenue near Christ Episcopal Church and the Oil City Library. Featuring in-season, farm-fresh fruits & vegetables, plants & flowers, homemade baked goods, soaps and lotions, handcrafted & artisan creations, and more! Learn more about the market here – for vendor information, contact the Oil City Main Street Program at (814) 677-3152.
Friday August 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Graffiti Gallery, 210 Seneca Street, Oil City. Come out and meet Rafi and Klee at their first art exhibition in their new town, Oil City! Enjoy art, jewelry, music and more at the Opening Reception… delicious food, drinks, and a fun atmosphere will be provided… come ready to have a good time! Rafi and Klee will both be showcasing the art that they love to create. Come and find a retrospective of Rafi Perez’s paintings, sculptures, and Klee Angelie’s jewelry and creations. You will also experience never before seen art from Rafi and Klee’s stash of works that have never been displayed anywhere! The exhibition continues on August 6, August 12 & 13, August 19 & 20, and August 27. TIMES VARY: find the full exhibition schedule and details at https://rafiandklee.com/hi-were-new-here-rafi-and-klee-exhibition/.
Thursday August 11, 7-9 pm at the Town Square, Center & Seneca Streets. Free and open to the public, bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Enjoy an evening of open-air live music in downtown Oil City! Music on the Square concerts are coordinated by the Oil City Main Street Program and supported by the Jack Rowley Charitable Trust. Call (814) 677-3152 or visit www.oilcitymainstreet.org for details.
Friday, August 19 (4-9 pm, Center Street Bridge, sponsored by the Oil City Main Street Program): live entertainment, DJ, food vendors; facepainting & other kid’s activities, artisan vendors & more. Saturday August 20 (4-10 pm, Veterans Memorial Bridge, sponsored by the Oil City Arts Council): live music; food and artisan vendors; beer & wine tent. Each bridge will be pedestrian-only, closed to vehicles prior to and during its respective event… park downtown and stroll freely! For event updates, visit www.oilcitymainstreet.org or www.oilcityartscouncil.org, or find both groups on Facebook!
Friday, September 23, 4:30 – 8:30 pm in downtown Oil City (north side business district). Stroll around town, sample from regional wineries (with a sprinkle of brews & spirits, too!) and discover the great things downtown Oil City has to offer! Light refreshments available at host businesses, and downtown restaurants will be open for regular dining. Souvenir tasting glass included with ticket. Oil City Uncorked is for ages 21 & over, valid ID required on event day. Tickets go on sale in mid-August: $30.00 advance through September 21 then $35.00 at the door on September 23. Proceeds benefit the downtown revitalization efforts of the Oil City Main Street Program. Watch for announcements on participating vendors and ticket locations!