Night Markets are all the rage in Winnipeg these days. Common in many South-Asian cultures night markets are akin to farmer’s markets but feel more like a vendor village at a festival. They’re perfect if you’re looking for summer evening outdoor entertainment and for finding out about great local products and artisans.
The first Winnipeg Night Market was held in May and hundreds turned out.
This weekend (Sunday July 16th) the Manitoba Night Market aims to take the trend to the next level. Assiniboia Downs promises a fun evening with entertainers like Sierra Noble and Nu Frequency just to name a few, 22 food trucks, artisans, small businesses, crafters and makers (50 vendors and counting), four local microbreweries and beer gardens. “A celebration of the local and community-based initiatives that move Manitoba.” The event runs from 3pm-11pm and admission is $5, children 12 and under are free.
The Winnipeg Night Market is a two day affair and returns to Red River Exhibition Park on July 21st/22nd and August 18th/19th. This one is hosted by Indiexchange International, a group founded by two Winnipeg cousins who launched a successful night market in Calgary. You can read more about their story here. Indiexchange International strives to provide a platform for local artisans, independent business owners, food purveyors and entertainers to showcase their creations and talents to the neighbouring communities. They are committed to bringing a cultural experience to families focusing on ethnically diverse foods, handmade work, music and entertainment in a fun-filled celebration. The Winnipeg Night Market boasts over 100 vendors and also costs just $5.
The Alleyways Market has two more dates coming up: August 4th & September 1st. This one runs from 4pm-10pm and is totally FREE! Brought to you through a partnership between creativity and consulting group The Distillery, pop-up stars Luckygirl and The Exchange District BIZ the Alleyways Market is one part farmers market, one part design exhibition and one part curated pop-up shop.