Market Day this weekend

Market Day and Local Colours Festival will be a huge affair, with more than 90 vendors in a giant street market.

DAVE BELL (left) and ron Webber proudly show off the war memorial murals that Lieut

The 41st annual Downtown Courtenay Market Day and Local Colours Festival this weekend will be a huge affair, with more than 90 vendors in a giant street market.

This Saturday, there’ll be face painting and a bouncer for the children, delicious treats to eat and wonderful things to find in the market. Add to this the extraordinary talents of local artists and entertainers, and you have something for everyone.

Downtown merchants will lay out their best bargains and hidden treasures. Adding to the diversity that Market Day is famous for will be everything from hand-made soaps to fashions, jewellery, pet accessories, baking, kitchenwares, hand-made clothing, shoes, toys, baby things, home and garden furniture, accessories and so much more.

Everything is happening in the city core from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with Fifth Street closed to traffic between Cliffe Avenue and Fitzgerald Avenue.

The Local Colours Festival main stage at the corner of England Avenue and Fifth Street will showcase Backporch Banjo, Larry Ayre, the CYMC Musical Theatre, Original Restoration Jam Collective, Amy Cunningham, Things with Strings, Brodie Dawson, Fifth Bass and Luke Blu Guthrie, all emceed by maestro Shayne Stuchbery.

Tracy Kobus, Carey Anderson, Randy Frank and Grace Wolff are just a few of the 14 visual artists at work downtown, putting the finishing touches to their canvasses and talking about art with onlookers. The Local Colours Festival begins Friday, with the main events happening Saturday.

An added attraction during this year’s event is the Royal Canadian Legion Courtenay Branch’s unveiling of the murals honouring Canadian war veterans.

Lieut.-Gov. Steven Point will officiate at the Jubilee Square beside the Sid Williams Theatre on Cliffe Avenue. The unveiling takes place at 11 a.m. Call 250-334-4322 for more information about the War Memorial.

All these diverse activities create a festival to touch, taste, see, hear and go home with.

Market Day runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Downtown Courtenay Market Day is sponsored by the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association. For more information, visit www.downtowncourtenay.com.

— Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Tailgate Troubadours perform for Comox Valley shut-ins during pandemic

When playing music with others is your main entertainment and diversion, and… Continue reading

Courtenay volleyball star added to Olds College roster

Gracie Walls of Courtenay has been recruited to play on the women’s… Continue reading

Tofino woman’s plan for medical school nearly derailed by health crisis

Tofino resident/North Island College alumna Nora Morrison is heading to the University… Continue reading

NIC online marine training accessed by mariners across the country

NIC was among the first post-secondary schools to receive approval for digital marine courses

Sale of Vancouver Island’s most remote pub falls through

Beloved Holberg pub and restaurant The Scarlet Ibis is back with previous owner

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases not unexpected amid Phase Three of reopening: B.C.’s top doc

Keep circles small, wear masks and be aware of symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

B.C. health officials pleased with likely extension of Canada-U.S. border closure

Health Minister Adrian Dix says the situation is ‘very serious in the United States’

Children suffer swollen eyes, burns while playing at Lower Mainland spray park

Mission RCMP are investigating incident that injured several children

North Island-Powell River MP blasts government, VAC for benefit delays

Some injured service men and women have applied for the Canada Emergency… Continue reading

B.C. NDP changing WorkSafeBC regulations to respond to COVID-19

Employers say reclassifying coronavirus could be ‘ruinous’

Baby raccoon rescued from 10-foot deep drainage pipe on Vancouver Island

‘Its cries were loud, pitiful and heartbreaking,’ Saanich animal control officer says

Statistical flaws led to B.C. wolf cull which didn’t save endangered caribou as estimated

Study finds statistical flaws in an influential 2019 report supporting a wolf cull

Windows broken, racist graffiti left on Okanagan home

Family says nothing like this has happened since they moved to Summerland in 1980s

Most Read