Food trucks, art vendors and dancing in the street. These are a few of the draws of the Inglewood Night Market, which begins Friday, June 13.
Find It, a non-profit that hosts pop-up events around Inglewood and Ramsay, hope to showcase the neighbourhood’s food and arts vendors with the event.
Solita Work, Find It board director and volunteer, says the night market provides something unusual and exciting for Calgarians.
“Night markets have been going on in other countries and other large cities around the world, but this is a cultural event that Calgary has never really been exposed to,” says Work. “We try to make each night a little bit different, so it’s a little bit unexpected and hopefully people will come to all of the markets, not just one.”
Find It co-chair Meg Van Rosendaal thinks the addition of music and dancing adds to the festive atmosphere.
“We told [the musicians and dancers] that we didn’t want performances, we want people who are ‘infectious agents’ that get everyone dancing,” says Van Rosendaal.
The June market will also include a late night bike ride.
“We could see 70–100 people coming out and going on the bike ride,” Work says. “Normally what we do is pack some drinks and we go to a nearby park to barbeque. It’s just like a little wrap-up party.”
July’s market will feature country music and square dancing. Augusts market will have Latin dancing. September’s finale will have electronic music and a dance competition.