Downtown Radium is the place to be on Friday nights this summer. Featuring a true community market and live music, Market & Music on Main kicks off this Friday, June 29th.
The market runs from 4-9 p.m. each Friday through the summer, reports Kara Cassidy, marketing administrator for Tourism Radium. She says it is fun to watch the vendors try to set up because, almost as soon as they start unloading boxes to set up their booths, curious onlookers will start shopping.
“The market really draws people in,” Ms. Cassidy says, adding it certainly doesn’t hurt that the Parks Canada giant inflatable beaver is set up outside the visitor centre at the same time, attracting drivers to pull in and check out what is happening. Vendors range from produce to crafts to home-based businesses and other odds and ends.
The live entertainment from bands local and further afield runs from 7-9 p.m.
“Everything is fairly upbeat, from covers to some of their own music – it’s a pretty big range that’s covered,” says Ms. Cassidy.
This year, event coordinators are asking for patrons to drop a toonie into the donation jar to help cover the costs of the live entertainment.
“It further enhances the music and gives us a bigger budget,” explains Ms. Cassidy. Some of the donated funds from 2017 went into buying a brand new Tourism Radium tent, which will be used for various events throughout the year.
Friday, June 29th, the popular Golden-based band John Jenkins Small Town Revival will fill the streets with sound. Then on Sunday, July 1st, Marty & Eli will perform in a special Canada Day Market & Music. Come for the music and shopping, stay for the special Canada Day cake, served around 7:30 p.m. that night.
The market and music event started in Radium back in 2006, and moved to the successful Friday night time slot about seven years ago. Ms. Cassidy says it works perfectly for vendors on the ‘market circuit’, allowing vendors, and shoppers, to hit multiple markets through the weekend.
The market runs Friday, June 29th through to Friday, September 15th. Parking is available in the large lot behind the visitor centre. Keep your eyes on the Pioneer for band and sponsor listings throughout the summer.