Mark your calendars for the return of "3rd Thursday" in Downtown Pittsfield.

Cultural Pittsfield announced via social media that the kickoff of the 2018 season will take place on Thursday (obviously), May 17 between 5 and 8 p.m.

The theme for the event is Celebrating Youth and will feature performances from Aimee Gelinas Berkshire Pulse Youth Drummers, the Reid Middle School Band, Kids 4 Harmony, Billy Budd from Berkshire Theatre Group, Berkshire Salsa, Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, Rock On and Jacob's Pillow.

Other annual 3rd Thursday events include Touch a Truck, the Green Mile road race, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and many more.

"3rd Thursday" is organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development and will be held rain or shine. The event is also seeking vendors. If you are interested in being a part of the season's events, you can apply here.