It is nearing the end of September as I write this and the last of the summer markets just ended which means that now it is time to start preparing for the Christmas markets.
This year I have committed to more shows than in past years as well as getting into more established shows so it is looking to be a very busy season.
November 2 – St.Thomas Aquinas Christmas Craft Fair – this is a juried show has been running for over 25 years. It is a very well established show that always draws quality vendors and a large crowd of shoppers.
November 14, 15, 16 – Shipyards Christmas Market – the North Shore Green Markets is building on the success of their Friday Night Markets in Shipbuilders square to run a Christmas market in the same location. There will be a skating rink in the square, vendors set up in the building behind the stage, food trucks and more attractions. This is running every weekend from mid-November up until Christmas and I have booked quite a few dates.
November 21, 22, 23 – West Coast Christmas Show – this is a large show put on annually in Abbotsford that features a mix of different vendors as well as presentations from local chefs. Amongst the many exhibits visitors will find holiday gifts from around the world, jewelry & accessories, toys, specialty foods, condiments, seasonings, candy/sweets along with unique and hard to find gift items both from artisans as well as unique manufacturers.
November 29, 30 – North Van Holiday Bazaar – taking over from the very successful Delbrook Christmas market that ran for many years. This show being run at Carson Graham high school on the same dates and will feature many of the same vendors that used to go to the Delbrook market.
The blossoms on the cherry trees outside and the growing grass threatening to make be break out the lawn mower tell me that it is spring once again and almost time for the summer markets to begin again.
This year I am once again planning to be at the North Shore Green Markets Friday night market in Shipbuilders square. I will be there every second Friday this year starting May 2nd and going until the end of September.
For those who don’t know the North Shore Green Markets run a series of weekly markets on Vancouver’s North Shore with the highlight being the night market held on Friday nights in North Vancouver’s Shipbuilders square. This market has grown over the years and now features nearly one hundred vendors, food trucks, a beer garden and live music from 5pm to 10pm. It is quite common to see people come down and make and evening out it buying their dinner from the food trucks, hanging out in the beer garden and doing a little shopping while they listen to the great local bands that are always lined up to provide entertainment on the stage.
The dates that I have booked for this year are:
May 2, 16 & 30
June 13 & 27
July 4 & 18
August 1, 15 & 29
September 12 & 26
Here are a few Youtube videos featuring the market as well as a couple with the products that I will be bringing down.
This is a little video of my table from last years market:
Another short little video that I shot last year just as the market was getting started one night:
This is another video that was posted of the market last year. Unfortunately it seems to have been from a night that I wasn’t there but it gives a nice overview.
The Christmas season is fast approaching along with all of the holiday markets. I am late in booking markets this year but I do have two confirmed and I am looking to add a couple more. I will update this post as a get them booked.
Here is a short clip from this past Friday at the North Shore Green Markets Shipyard Market. This market it held every Friday night in North Vancouver and features live music, a beer garden, food trucks and of course vendors selling locally made and grown products. It is held in Shipbuilder’s square which is just east of Lonsdale quay, a beautiful location on North Vancouver’s waterfront.
C.J. Stiles woodworking is going to be there every second Friday this summer.
They are also starting to run on Thursday nights as well although it is a much smaller and low-key event at this time. I may be looking at adding a few Thursday nights to my schedule throughout the summer and will post details up when I do.
This weekend I’ll be kicking off the spring markets with the opening night for North Shore Green Markets on Friday night at Shipbuilders square (just a block east of Lonsdale Quay). This will be followed up with Great Canadian Crafts Spring Fling event at the Vancouver convention centre east on Saturday and Sunday.
The Green Market in Shipbuilders square is a fun outdoor market with live music, food trucks, a beer garden and a good variety of vendors.
Great Canadian Craft is holding their first event in the Vancouver convention centre. Previous markets from the same organizer have been well organized and attended with a great variety of quality vendors. For this event he has brought in several hundred vendors and it promises to be a great event.