Cue the Grease soundtrack, because “Summer Nights” in Calgary are on the horizon. And what better way to celebrate the warmer weather and longer stretches of sunlight than by shopping locally at one of the city’s many night markets?
“Tell me more, tell me more.”
Featuring live music, entertainment, food trucks and a variety of vendors selling locally made goods, Calgary’s night markets have become a staple of our summer season. Here are five to check out.
Dates: May 25, June 29, July 27, August 31 and September 28, running from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Operating in partnership with Marketspot, the U/D Night Market takes place on the last Wednesday of every month, starting in May and ending in September. Stop by to check out participating vendors selling handcrafted soaps, candles, chocolates, clothing and much more. The market will also showcase live music and entertainment.
Retail Main St. Central Plaza (next to Village Ice Cream), universitydistrict.ca
Dates: May 27, June 24, July 29 and August 26, running from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Located in the heart of Bridgeland, the Calgary Night Market offers up a diverse selection of food, a wide variety of handmade goods and a spectacular city view. The team behind this market will also be hosting a pop-up at Eau Claire Market on July 1.
917 Centre Ave. N.E., calgarynightmkt.com
Dates: June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9 and September 16, running from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Situated amid Inglewood’s bustling local shops and breweries, the Inglewood Night Market is a Calgary staple that celebrates our city’s long summer evenings with live music, food trucks and a family-friendly beer garden. With 100-plus vendors featured at the market, expect to find locally made art, crafts, ceramics, jewellery, skincare products, outdoor gear and a selection of hand-picked vintage clothing.
Dates: June 24 and September 2, hours TBD.
Making its debut this year, the never-been-done-before Marda Loop Night Market is brought to Calgary by the same team behind the Inglewood Night Market and the 4th Street Night Market. While participating vendors are yet to be announced, this new addition will give Calgarians another chance to shop locally for a variety of one-of-a-kind and vintage goods. The market will also feature live music and food trucks, of course.
34 Ave. S.W., between 18 St. and 19 St., mardaloopnightmarket.ca
Dates: July 9, August 13 and September 10, running from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Back for its second summer, 4th Street Night Market is relatively new to the Calgary night market scene. Expect to see vendors selling everything your heart desires, from handmade jewellery and home decor items to food, apparel, planters and more. The market will also have live entertainment on-site, as well as local breweries and cideries such as The Establishment Brewing Company and Uncommon Cider.
Elbow Drive S.W., between 2 St. and 5 St., 4thstreetnightmarket.ca