Upcoming Events: MarketSquare's Summer Markets
ANNOUNCEMENT: MarketSquare stepping away from summer markets in downtown Okotoks.
It is with mixed emotions, but we have come to the decision that MarketSquare will no longer be able to take on the organisation of artisan markets in downtown Okotoks.
We started MarketSquare seven years ago with twelve vendors and a huge vision which entailed regular vibrant community events with artists, artisans, small businesses, live music & entertainment, food & family fun in the heart of our town. It was a labour of love in the beginning, full of ideas, passion and excitement for what could be. The vision for what could possibly be ... has now come to be ... which we are thrilled about. This is of course thanks to the wonderful vendors, visitors, local businesses and the Town of Okotoks, in equipping and supporting us along the way, and in developing the street festivals that are now so well known in the region.
It is not an easy decision for either one of us to step aside, but it is the right decision nevertheless. Summer events are difficult to balance with our family lives, and they are also challenging for us logistically compared to our indoor events.
SO NOW WHAT WILL MARKETSQUARE DO? We now work with 800+ artists, artisans and small businesses. MarketSquare will now focus on indoor events exclusively, and will make these indoor events even bigger than before. We will focus on makers, creators and curators … which is what our consumers want. And, we will continue to focus on helping raise funds for the Okotoks Food Bank (our goal is $50,000 for 2017) … something that was fundamental to our core vision from the get-go seven years ago. Our indoor events facilitate both of these goals. While we are sad to say good-bye to outdoor summer events, we are excited about the direction MarketSquare will take for this new year.
WILL SUMMER EVENTS CONTINUE JUST THE SAME? We sure hope so! The Town of Okotoks has BuskersFest, Taste of Okotoks and ChiliFest and these are well established summer events.
We thank you all again for your help and support over the past years, and see you at our indoor artisan markets we are so excited to showcase in 2017!
Would you like information regarding upcoming events?: To receive emails regarding upcoming vendor opportunities at MarketSquare's indoor events click HERE