The Strathcona Artisan Market returns to downtown Vancouver next month

Jul 18 2018, 5:29 pm

The Strathcona Artisan Market (SAM), a local, resident-led economic initiative, is making its return to Vancouver for a second straight year.

According to a release from event organizers, SAM is an “economic initiative started by a group of Downtown Eastside residents wanting to create an accessible, low barrier market for neighbourhood creatives.”

Strathcona Artisan Market

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The outdoor street market puts the spotlight on low-income residents of the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona and allows them to sell their hand-made creations in a festival-like atmosphere.

Arts, crafts, textiles, baked goods, and freshly cooked food will occupy the market. Neighbourhood artisans use the market as a launching pad for bigger ventures.

Strathcona Artisan Market

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Strathcona Artisan Market

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This year, the market will showcase 40 vendors and a busker stage with capacity for 23 local performers. In addition, all-day kids activities including face painting and crafts will take place, as well as four featured artist workshops.

Strathcona Artisan Market

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The booths are free of charge for the vendors and market organizers work alongside the vendors to prepare them for the two-day festivities.

This year’s event will take over the 400 block of Princess Avenue on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Strathcona Artisan Market

Where: 400 Princess Avenue, Vancouver

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

When: August 4 to 5, 2018

Admission: Free of charge

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