‘Cocktails in the Park’ to shake it up along Batavia shore

Event scheduled for July 31 in Appleton Park

BATAVIA – Batavia MainStreet will welcome back its popular summer fundraising event, Cocktails in the Park, from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at Appleton Park, located behind City Hall in downtown Batavia.

According to a news release, guests can enjoy an evening of drinks, live music, small plates and more, set along the Fox River.

Cocktails in the Park raised more than $15,000 last year, and Batavia MainStreet hopes to surpass that this year with help from the community. The funds raised will be used to support other downtown programming from Batavia MainStreet, such as BatFest, Batavia Farmers’ Market, Second Fridays, the Block Party and other events, the release stated.

“We are incredibly excited to be able to welcome everyone back down to Appleton Park this year. This is an event that the community loves and is very meaningful to MainStreet, as it is our only true fundraiser. It has been such a challenge for us all over the past year and a half, and what better way to celebrate our community and show how we all got through it together than with Cocktails in the Park,” stated Kurt Hagemann, Cocktails in the Park committee chair.

Tickets cost $35 in advance, and can be purchased at downtownbatavia.com. Tickets also can be purchased at the door the night of the event for $40. In addition to general entry tickets, attendees can take advantage of reserving a picnic table which comes with a dedicated cocktail server. Picnic tables can be purchased online. All tickets include entry, a commemorative Batavia MainStreet glass, food from participating downtown restaurants, and live music. Drink tickets are also available online or can be purchased at the event; prices are $7 for one, or $60 for 10.

Presenting sponsors of the event include Boyce Body Werks and Gerald Subaru of North Aurora, as well as our in-kind sponsors: Advanced Disposal/Waste Management, Best of the Fox, Neighbors Media, Blue Goose Market, Almighty Spirits, 93 Octane and Whiskey Acres.