Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Sidney’s iconic Thursday night market is returning to Beacon Avenue


Great news, Sidney residents!

Sidney’s iconic Thursday night market is returning to Beacon Avenue this summer after a three year hiatus.

There will be changes this summer in operations after the previous market operators, Laurie McDermid of Westcoast Outdoor Markets, announced they would continue the Thursday evening Market and Sunday morning Farmer’s Market outside the Mary Winspear Centre.

Those markets were set up after COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were lifted as a means of
keeping a market alive on the Saanich Peninsula.

Following a request for proposals process to seek a new operator of the Sidney Street Market, the Town of Sidney announced it has signed an agreement with Victoria-based Blue Coast Event Group to operate the Thursday evenings throughout the summer.

It will be the first time the market has been held on Beacon Avenue since 2019, as a result of provincial protocols associated with the pandemic.

“After hearing from the community, Council made it a strategic priority to see the Sidney Street Market return to Beacon Avenue, where it benefits the Town culturally, socially, and
economically,” said Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith.

“It will be a great joy to see the community and visitors of all ages once again experiencing magical summer night markets on Thursdays in our wonderful downtown.

“We are delighted to have been selected to produce the much-loved Sidney Street Market,” said Douglas Smith, Blue Coast Event Group.

“We look forward to working with the Town of Sidney and the Sidney BIA in a successful market return. We are especially excited to showcase an amazing lineup of local and regional artisans.”

Every Thursday from June 15th to September 14th,  Beacon Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic and in its place, dozens of vendors set up tents to create one of the most festive markets in British Columbia.

In past year’s between 5,000 and 10,000 people are known to attend the markets each time they open to browse the plethora of local food, music, and merchandise on offer.

It’s all set against the backdrop of sunsets on the gorgeous Sidney waterfront.

“It is exciting to see the return of the Sidney Street Market on Beacon Avenue where thousands of people can experience Sidney’s friendly, vibrant, and picturesque downtown,” said Morgan Shaw, President of Sidney’s Business Improvement Association Society.

Sidney Street Market

  • When: Every Thursday, from June 15th to September 14th, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Beacon Avenue, Sidney
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