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.”
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.
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.
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.
Where: 400 Princess Avenue, Vancouver
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
When: August 4 to 5, 2018
Admission: Free of charge