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Night market coming to Bellingham in September

The Commercial Street Plaza plaza next to the Parkade garage in Bellingham on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The plaza will host a night market on Fridays from Sept. 4 through Oct. 2.
The Commercial Street Plaza plaza next to the Parkade garage in Bellingham on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The plaza will host a night market on Fridays from Sept. 4 through Oct. 2. The Bellingham Herald

Live music, local food and crafts will be combining in a new downtown market on Friday evenings this September.

The Commercial Street Night Market will be operating from 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday from Sept. 4 through Oct. 2 in the usually vacant space at 1300 Commercial St. next to the Parkade.

The idea for the evening market was entered along with nearly 50 other concepts during Sustainable Connections’ KAPOW! collaborative design competition earlier this year. The competition asked participants to come up with new, creative ways to enhance downtown Bellingham.

Dean Fearing, executive director at Kulshan Community Land Trust, presented the night market concept and was Mayor Kelli Linville’s pick as well as taking the people’s choice award.

The market at the Commercial Street Plaza will coincide with the monthly Downtown Art Walk and will feature more than 20 local vendors in addition to live music or local DJs.

Sustainable Connections is looking to fill all available vending space during the market’s four-week run. Applications come with a $10 fee and are available on the market’s website, commercialstreetnightmarket.com.

Applications submitted before Aug. 3 will have the greatest chance of being accepted, but submissions will be taken as long as space is available. If accepted, vendors planning to sell food will have to pay $75 per night, non-food vendors will pay $35 per night.

For additional questions and information about the market, contact Rose Lathrop at 360-647-7093, ext.107, or Rose@sconnect.org.

Libby Keller can be reached at 360-715-2242 or libby.keller@bellinghamherald.com.

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