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Night Market Downtown Edmonton

Night markets (or night bazaars as some like to call it) are street markets which operate at night and are generally dedicated to more leisurely strolling, shopping, and eating than the more businesslike day markets. They are typically open-air markets that bring together a collection of stalls that usually sell goods such as fruit, vegetables, snacks, toys, clothes, etc. at cheap or at least reasonable prices.
Night markets are hosted in various areas of North America annually to emulate the jovial atmosphere and celebrate the unique culture of the city they are hosted in. In San Francisco’s Chinatown, a large night market with almost 100 booths takes place every autumn Saturday in Portsmouth Square. In Chinatown in Vancouver, British Columbia, large night markets take place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from May to September, the Richmond Night Market features more than 400 booths and attracts in excess of 30,000 people per night (total attendance in 2005 was almost two million!!!)

“I want to be a part of the revitalization of downtown Edmonton. When I look at pictures of the core in the early 1900’s it was the place to be! I am sure it can be again. Edmonton is filled with diversity and culture, creating an atmosphere where community members find something they identify with is part of the dream.” Shipanoff plans on having fortune tellers, food vendors, music and goods. She wants patrons to come relax and eat and explore, eat, drink, maybe even stopping for a quick foot massage or henna tattoo. She is certain that this will become a mainstay of the downtown core and year after year it will attract Edmontonian’s and tourists alike.

JLS Night Market YEG 7 Added 1512 days ago

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    13/03Joined

    a neat idea, although to be truly viable, it would need to be coupled with other outdoor activities such as patios at bars and restaurants. I’m not sure that’s viable in our climate of short summers and cool evenings. Whyte Avenue would be a more viable location, although that runs counter to the notion to try to revitalize the downtown

    a thought… the proposed design for the new arena will have a large indoor pedway. could this be used in this fashion?

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      13/04Joined

      What Edmonton is known for is its long summer days! Being far enough north it is the perfect place to offer the community a place to mingle, outside the bar scene, taking advantage of the late night summer sun. We are looking forward to offering live artists, music, food and drinks! The pedway would offer shelter from the weather, a good suggestion, however the pedways will not allow for the diversity we are hoping to attract. We are creating something new and look forward to seeing everyone there!

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    13/04Joined

    This is a great idea, especially since so many Edmontonians work non-standard work hours. This will allow people to go out and connect socially when their lives/work schedules don’t allow them to adhere to standard hours. It would really brighten and enhance the city.

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    13/04Joined

    If the 104th St Block parties are any indication, Edmontonians are ready and willing to support these night-market type events. I can’t think of a better place to be on summer evening.