New downtown market proposed for Kelowna

Artisans and entertainers sought for market that would run for four hours each Saturday this summer in Kerry Park.

The Downtown Kelowna Association wants to give locals and visitors alike another reason to head downtown.

In collaboration with Festivals Kelowna, it has put out a call for artisans interested in selling their wares, and entertainers who want to perform at what the association is calling its Downtown Kelowna Market  this summer.

The DKA says the weekly, four-hour market—to be held each Saturday afternoon from July to September—will be an attempt to to create community spirit by showcasing the vibrant artistic and cultural characteristics of the city through high quality artisan vendors, performing arts and musical entertainment.

In collaboration with downtown businesses and community organizations, the open-air market slated for Kerry Park, will be an attempt create what the DKA feels will be an unique experience for residents and visitors alike.

The market will highlight what is happening downtown and provide space and opportunity to promote and celebrate the arts, culture and musical talent in Kelowna, says the DKA.

The  market would run from 1 p.m. to  5 p.m. every Saturday between  July 7 and Sept. 1.

“We want to offer a weekly event for people to enjoy each Saturday afternoon in downtown Kelowna and check out unique artisans and music by the waterfront, do a little shopping and then grab some dinner at one of the 98 restaurants downtown,” said DKA executive director Peggy Athans.

The market would host a minimum of 25  permanent vendors during its summer run and additional  space would be available each week for temporary vendors.

Anyone interested in participating should contact the DKA before March 30.