On Friday, residents will once again fill the 300 block of Main Street as the community celebrates its Redbud City Night on the Bricks event.

On Friday, residents will once again fill the 300 block of Main Street as the community celebrates its Redbud City Night on the Bricks event.

The two-day festival is set to feature pop-up shops, live entertainment, food trucks and a farmers market.

Well-received by area residents, the festival is now in its third year.

The festival's inaugural event did well for itself — receiving accolades as Outstanding Event or Festival in 2016 by Central Oklahoma Frontier Country Marketing Association at oktourism.com.

Safe Events for Families (SEFF) — along with local sponsors Visit Shawnee Inc. (VSI), Vyve, Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN), the City of Shawnee, the Avedis Foundation, and others — have worked in hours of entertainment across two days — From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 20, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

SEFF spokesman Ed Bolt said the community meal is free to the first 1,200 attendees.

Sardinian pasta — along with hummus, veggies and fruit — will be prepared by Blue Zones-approved St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital's cafe.

If there is food left over, it will be donated to the Community Market of Pottawatomie County.

Bolt said locals also are welcome to bring their own food from home or elsewhere if they so choose.

Due to the community meal, food trucks will be Saturday only.

“The point is for everybody to come enjoy the evening together,” Bolt said.

Many vendors and local nonprofit groups also will be an added bonus to the festival.

In a collaborative effort, nonprofits and organizations have banded together to make the block party a success.

From Community Renewal Executive Director Brandon Dyer said he loves the collaboration among these nonprofits.

“This is such a great community; we are all friends,” he said. “And friendship makes collaboration possible.”

When we work together like this it’s not work, he said. “We’re just having fun with our friends and making new ones at the same time,” Dyer said.

Community Market of Pottawatomie County Executive Director Daniel Matthews agreed.

“Anything we can do to help this community become stronger and more close knit is a great opportunity for us,” Matthews said.

He said the closer the community is, the more everyone looks out for the well being of friends and neighbors.

“Events like this bring us together,” he said. “We love being a part of events that build a sense of community and togetherness.”

Friday's meal will be flanked by musicians filling the air from both intersections along the 300 block of Main Street between Philadelphia and Oklahoma.

Friday's 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. lineup features two bands — Shoulda Been Blonde and Wesley Praise Band, each set up at one end of the block. Then from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Celebration of Life Park, at the corner of Main and Philadelphia streets, CrossWalk 316 will perform, Bolt said.

Also, as fundraisers, local churches will offer desserts for sale in the park.

Saturday's daytime event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will stay centered around Celebration of Life Park, offering entertainment, a farmers market, food trucks and pop-up shops.

The idea for the Redbud Festival plays on Shawnee’s 1941 designation as the Redbud City of Oklahoma by the state Legislature. Shawnee's recent rebranding effort also follows the Redbud theme.

Last year's event was forced into a postponement last minute because of bad weather. Bolt said if storms are predicted to move through, residents can watch SEFF's website or Facebook page for updates.

Regarding any potential changes, he said a decision and updates would be made by early Friday afternoon.