Get ready for a new kind of market heading to the 17th Street Farmers’ Market starting this Saturday and running the second Saturday of every month through December.
The Richmond Night Market is bringing an open air market that will feature handmade and independent artists, live music, DJs, a makerspace for adults and a creative kids hangout.
The Richmond Night Market is the brainchild of Melody Short and Adrienne Cole Johnson. They created the Artisan Café, a quarterly market series that began in 2011, and traveled around to different city locations.
They said that they’ve built the model of the Richmond Night Market on evening markets they’ve seen in other cities like Washington, D.C., New York and Hong Kong.
“Those cities have night markets that have such a unique way of building community,” Short said. “We wondered, ‘How can we bring some of that to our home city? How can we bring that vibe and inspiration beyond a pop-up?”
Enter the Richmond Night Market.
The first night market will feature a host of art-making opportunities with a visit from local artist Hamilton Glass, known for his eye-catching murals, who will be hosting an interactive painting experience; the Studio Two Three truck will be on hand with live on-site screenprinting opportunities; and the Creative Kids Hangout will have hands-on activities for the little ones.
There will be an artisan village where market-goers can shop for wearable art, jewelry and clothing, as well as visual art and ceramic art for the home. There will also be typical farmer’s market type vendors selling fresh bread, vegetables, flowers and preserves. Organizers plan to have roughly 30 vendors at the market.
“Our aesthetic is highly curated, stylish, not trendy, classic, timeless, sophisticated and kind of funky,” Short said. “It’s really unique funky pieces you can weave into your home or wardrobe that stand out and pop, from visual art to the clothing artists that will be there.”
The first night market will also have the Nerd Squad, DJ Prolific, Bare Soul Yoga, Drums No Guns and the Drew Miles Trio.
The organizers are hoping to change the programming at each night market to keep it fresh and different.
“We hope the Night Market will be an opportunity for adults to unwind, have fun with their friends. We want to keep it fun, interesting and different each time, so people look forward to the second Saturday and what’s to come,” Johnson said.