Thursday Night Marketplace begins with a bang |

Thursday Night Marketplace begins with a bang

Summer is here and so is another season of hometown hospitality when Nevada County comes together to celebrate the Sierra foothill lifestyle and the tastes, sounds and sights of 2008. The idea of the Grass Valley Thursday Night Marketplace was first imagined 13 years ago and has been produced by a collective of people who value the institution of a weekly market day that celebrates our community. Our goal has always been: To bring the community together downtown for a weekly ‘night out’ to celebrate Summer, get to know our neighbors, dine on healthy local food and enjoy a quality concert under the stars and our historic skyline.

Big changes this year include adding a community dining area with plenty of tables and hundreds of comfortable chairs where you can relax and enjoy flavors of your choice – from barbequed ribs to vegetarian Tibetan curries – or drink an organic ale, all the while enjoying the free concert and watching the neighborhood walk by.

Also added to the mix this year is top-ranked concerts for the whole family and expanded entertainment and activities for small children, a climbing wall, clowns and face painting. For the older youth, we are working with Drug Free Nevada County, the Farm and several other organizations to provide an additional youth stage for all ages of up and coming musicians.

This three month series of events began with the Mill Street Certified Farmers Market, and features produce, flowers, healthy festival food, health and wellness practitioners and products and art and craft. On Mill Street, the ongoing farmers market will continue through August 28, which is the end of this total event.

Tonight, with the beginning of Thursday Night Marketplace, three additional blocks of the downtown will host entertainment and activities. The Main Street Stage features our free summer concert series with national touring musicians of all genres. Nearby is our Global Food Court and community dining area. Our child-safe area with many activities for the young sets up shop on Auburn Street.

Close to 60 downtown businesses (shops/restaurants) will stay open in the evening.

With more than 200 vendors, artists, farmers, crafters, restaurants and shops participating, this event is the largest weekly street festival in the Sierra.

Thursday Night Marketplace is an safe and sane event for the whole family (leave Fido at home; it’s not just a good idea, it’s the law. If someone comes with a dog that is other than a service dog or a service dog in training, they will be asked to take the dog home).

Wear your walking (or dancing) shoes and bring your summer smile or the Thursday Night Market will provide one for you!

For more information about the Grass Valley Friday Market go to or, or stay tuned to The Union calendar!


Ray Diggins is an independent producer who co-operatively produces this event at the pleasure of the Grass Valley Downtown Association. His website is http://www.grizzly


WHAT: Thursday Night Marketplace and summer Street Festival with carnival parade led by SambaDa

WHEN: Tonight between 6 and 9:30 p.m.; parade starts at the Del Oro Theatre at 6:30, with music and dance continuing the rest of the evening on the stage near City Hall.

WHERE: Downtown Grass Valley, Mill and Main Streets


INFORMATION: Call (530) 265-9495 or 272-8315; e-mail; on Web at

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