Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)  -  Rochester’s popular Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival begins its summer long run Thursday.

Dozens of food and craft vendors will be busy as thousands are expected to turn out.  The event formally runs from 11 - 8:30 with musical performances during the noon hour and again during the evening.

Organizers are catching a break from Mother Nature as the weather forecast calls for dry and pleasant conditions.

The event runs through the end of August.