Downtown Merchants Market – July 26th -29th

An iconic event adds a new twist to the mix!

For Immediate Release – July 17th, 2017. Downtown Kamloops, BC

The most highly anticipated week of the year in Downtown Kamloops is almost here – The Downtown Merchants Market July 26th to 29th (Wednesday thru Saturday). The event features 4 days of super sidewalk sales, live music and entertainment.

Experience delicious offerings from a variety of eateries with the famous Taste of Downtown, Thursday from 11am-5pm. Enjoy a cold one at the NEW Brewloops sponsored Back Alley Block Party on Friday from 4-9pm! For the final day of the Downtown Merchants Market you’ll see Victoria Street transform and fill with activities and entertainment for Car Free Day.

WEDNESDAY is the first day to come down and experience the spectacular sidewalk sales that only come around once a year! There will be live music throughout the Downtown core in addition to the Farmers Market on the 400 block of Victoria Street. If you are looking for deals, this is the best day to beat the crowds!

THURSDAY features the oh so popular Taste of Downtown  from 11am-5pm. “Thursday’s Taste of Downtown is one of Downtown Kamloops’ truly most sought after events,” explains Downtown Kamloops General Manager Gay Pooler. A variety of downtown restaurants put on their thinking caps and serve up delectable samples. During the event tasters can purchase a passport from the CAP Team Visitor Info Kiosk at the corner of 3rd Ave and Victoria Street and use it as a guide for which restaurants they would like to try. We are using a token system again – for every passport purchase of $15, you receive 8 tokens (additional token can be purchased for $2). The net proceeds from this event are split  between the Kamloops Food Bank fund and Artisans Alive music program. Taste of Downtown passports can be purchased ahead of time at the Customer Care & Info Centre at 340 Victoria Street.

Participating Restaurants
Maurya’s Fine Indian Cuisine – PDK Café – Sushi Royal Tokyo – Vyanjan Fine Indian Cuisine – Zack’s Coffee & Teas – Denny’s Restaurant – McDonalds Restaurant – Scoopz Ice Cream – Pizza Pi – Jacob’s Noodle & Cutlet – Dickens Café – Klasske’s Bistro – The Grind Coffee House – Frenchies Poutinerie – Caffe Motivo – Red Collar Brewing  – Mittz Kitchen – The Art We Are – Subway – Blue Dining + Lounge

FRIDAY the sidewalk sales and live musical entertainment continue throughout the day and into the evening! It’s business in the front and a party in the back!

NEW for 2017: From 4-9pm it’s a BACK ALLEY BLOCK PARTY in the 200 block alleyway between Victoria and Seymour Street. Brought to you in partnership by Downtown Kamloops and Brewloops this is the coolest party to hit Downtown Kamloops. Stop by after work for a cold beer, outdoor seating, entertainment & variety of food options!

  • INDUSTRY HAPPY HOUR from 4-5PM – Skip out of work early for $1 off beers
  • Entertainment from STREET PERFORMER Piper Mckenzie at 5PM
  • Fun and games including a PONG tournament at 6pm
  • Food on site from Mittz Kitchen, Fratelli Foods, Klasske’s Bistro, The Happy Camper, Vyanjan Fine Indian Cuisine & Jade Garden
  • DJ’S & LIVE MUSIC from bands James & the North Shore (7PM) and At Mission Dolores (8PM)


SATURDAY is the 4th Annual Car Free Day! From ten ‘til four on Victoria Street it’s a neighborhood block party. The 200 & 300 blocks will be free of cars and instead filled with activities, games, relaxation pods, experience stations & live music! This is definitely a day that you will not want to miss in Downtown Kamloops. Don’t forget there is free parking available weekends and evenings in both City parkades – Seymour St and Lansdowne St.

The Downtown Merchants Market is set at the heart of Downtown Kamloops’ Festival of Experiences – A summer long program focused on enhancing the Downtown experience. The Festival of Experiences not only includes summer events such as this one, but also a variety of ongoing programs. The Artisans Alive music program showcases local musicians every week, Wednesday thru Sunday, and Yoga in the Park takes place Tuesday & Thursday evenings throughout July and August!

For more information on upcoming events & experiences visit our website: downtownkamloops.com

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Media Contact:

Gay Pooler, Downtown Kamloops General Manager

250-372-3242 or 250-318-0184

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