It is time for our annual Downtown Kamloops’ Merchants Market. This year the all new 5 day extravaganza is growing and changing a little bit this year which will make for lots of fun and lots of SALES!

Remember that all we have permits for all the sidewalks space during this five days, so bring the inside outside and have a phenomenal sale!

There will be a significant amount of advertising both traditional and social this year. The sooner you let us know about your special event, the sooner we can help get the word out. Additional marketing opportunities have also been setup with the Downtown Echo and Kamloops This Week.

Schedule of Events

merchanbt-sign-upWednesday, July 20 – Farmers Market & Sidewalk Sales!
This year we will not be closing any blocks on Farmers Market Wednesday! All merchants are encouraged to set up super sidewalk sales and we will have lots of live music and public space engagement setups throughout downtown.

Thursday, July 21 – Taste of the Downtown – revised edition
Restaurant Showcase – Thursday – Two serving times (11am to 2pm) & (2pm to 5pm)
Everyone LOVES the Taste of Downtown! We are doing it a little different this year – we are selling tokens for $2 and splitting proceeds with each restaurant. $1 from each sample to Live at Lunch/Downtown Kamloops Foodbank Fund and $1 to the restaurant to help cover costs. Participating restaurants offer samples from their restaurant or on the “Sizzle Strip.” Look forward to participants who are there about trying your establishment and not just about free food! We will still be producing a passport listing and detailing all participating restaurants.

Friday, July 22 – Street Festival Friday along with super Sales & more…
We won’t be closing down Victoria Street but we will be bringing live street entertainment and activity to the sidewalks. Professional street performers will be roaming the sidewalks entertaining everyone. Sidewalk sales continue, live music all day and random interactive games & experiences.

Saturday, July 23 – CAR FREE DAY and Battle of the Bands!
200 & 300 blocks of Victoria Street will be opened up to pedestrians. (car free!) This pedestrian walkway will be filled with interactive activities, relaxation pods and experience stations. Businesses, clubs and organizations are being invited to bring their activity to the street – but GO BIG! Main stage will feature the third annual Battle of the Bands.

Sunday, July 24 – Summer Sundays Super Sales
Last chance sidewalk sales – do additional mark downs and blow out remaining stock! Live at Lunch will be doubled up.

Why do I want to participate?
We have lots of fun planned which will attract shoppers into the Downtown core from all over the city. This is the ‘once a year’ when the Downtown is on sale. We have sidewalk permits for the streets outside your businesses from July 20 to 24 so bring out your tables and have the best sale of the season! Participation from all of our businesses is the key to success and will create a buzz throughout the city.