THE NIGHT MARKET
The Night Market is a pop-up open air-market located on the 700 block of Bryan Avenue. The Night Market is held annually on the first Friday of every month from May to December. It is free and open to the public, and runs from 6 pm to 10 pm. While primarily serving as a platform for neighborhood businesses, artists, and nonprofits to grow their business, the Night Market also highlights the creativity in our community.
To make the Night Market possible, the 700 block of Bryan Ave is temporarily closed to traffic on the day of the market. The street is lined on both sides by vendor booths, and the street is transformed through lighting, street trees, planters, and temporary art installations. On both ends of the market, there are food vendors from Northside restaurants, food trucks, and folks aspiring to start new culinary businesses. In the parking lot just off of Bryan Ave, there is a beer draft trailer and biergarten courtesy of Northside brewery West Sixth Brewing, and live music from local and regional bands. 50% of proceeds from beer sales at the Night Market go back to supporting the market itself, as well as other community projects in the Northside.
The Night Market is designed to showcase and provide a platform for local business, artists, and non-profits. By charging low vendor fees (which are reimbursable if the vendor makes less than the fee in revenue), we create a low bar for entry for neighbors that cannot afford to open a bricks-and-mortar business, or even vend at other, more established marketplaces. We also do not curate what type of vendor booths are allowed. Aside from giving preference to vendors that are from our neighborhood, we don't decide what types of goods do and do not qualify to be shown (aside from illicit products, and direct sales marketers). At the Night Market, you'll find folks vending everything from homemade soap, jewelery, custom designed apparel, art to food ranging from Nepalese, Japanese, Thai, West Africa, Haitian, Mexican, and some of the best southern American food there is to offer. For businesses and individuals, The Night Market is a great way to generate awareness, public interest, and revenue.
ENHANCE PUBLIC SPACE
Streets are the ultimate public space - they are everywhere people are, and we pay for them with tax dollars. By closing the 700 block of Bryan Avenue to cars, we make a pedestrian-safe environment for our vendors and attendees. We believe strongly in the power of public space to bring communities together. During the Night Market, you'll see a diverse groups of families, friends, musicians, high school and college age volunteers, and even the occasional busker or two twirling hula hoops! For one night a month only, the street is filled with members of our community, music in the air, the aroma of authentic food and lots of laughter.
FACILITATE CULTURAL AND SOCIAL PROGRAMMING
Our goal is to provide space for cultural institutions and social services in our neighborhood. From On The Move Art Studio to Take Back Cheapside, Grace Baptist, and amazing programs like Step By Step, we try to use the Night Market as a way to celebrate, promote, and acknowledge the effort put forth in and around all of the surrounding communities. We don't charge non-profit vendors a fee to participate in the Night Market, and we partner with many to help curate the Night Market. In the past, we've helped launch installations by the Lexington Art League at the Night Market, partnered with the LFUCG Division of Water Quality to raise awareness about water quality issues, and look forward to more opportunities in the future.