Planning has started for the opening of the Commercial Street Night Market, closed by COVID measures in for the past two seasons.
The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of planning for the market following the province’s recent lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
Kim Smythe, chamber CEO, said in a press release that the 11-week summer market will open June 23.
“Expect artisan vendors, food trucks, street entertainers and all the attractions that drew thousands downtown during the event’s two years, pre-pandemic.” Smythe said. “We anticipate welcoming the same numbers of happy families to this free event, while managing any safety plans directed by the provincial health officer.”
The markets will happen Thursday nights from 5-9 p.m. until Sept. 1. Road closures and parking alternatives will be in effect.
“Everyone is so eager to return to some kind of normal. Reviving the Commercial Street Night Market, helping other local summer festivals and events succeed, and getting a networking and social connection vibe back will be the real sign that life has returned to where we last left off,” Smythe said in the release.
Interested vendors, food truck operators and entertainers who want more information can contact the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce at http://nanaimochamber.bc.ca/nanaimo-night-market.