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  • Writer's pictureDiana Brandt

The 6th Street Market Returns Bigger than Ever

The Downtown Tempe Authority (DTA) invites the public to participate in two events this fall; one brand new, and one back by popular demand. Relaunching on Sunday October 14th, 2018, the 6th Street Market returns for the season and runs every Sunday (except two) at City Hall Plaza in Downtown Tempe with some exciting new additions for this year. The first-ever Halloween Stroll and costume contest kicks off at the 6th Street Market on Sunday October 28th, 2018 with free fun for the whole family.

The weekly artisan market features 30 – 40 vendors providing authentic, handmade art, goods, food and beverage. There will be weekly programming including live music and family-friendly activities like crafty DIY “make & takes”, games and more; culminating in festival-like atmosphere. The market is family-friendly -- for the entire family, as dogs are welcome, with several vendors offering locally-made, pet-themed products. Seasonal programming includes special holiday-themed markets this year, like free Selfies with Santa at the market and holiday-inspired gift-shopping (wrapping included), music and festivities on November 25th and December 9, 16 & 23. There is free parking at select downtown garages and all street meters on Sundays.

The market takes place from 10am until 3pm every Sunday in City Hall Plaza in Downtown Tempe from October 14th, 2018 through April 14th, 2019 with the exclusion of December 2nd, 2018 and March 31st, 2019; during the Tempe Festival of the Arts. Exciting new additions and programming this year include a substantial doubling in size of the market and vendors, as Tucson-based Food in Root joins the market every Sunday bringing a farmers market component to the weekly community event.

New this year, DTA is thrilled to announce it’s first-ever Halloween Stroll on Sunday, October 28th from 2pm to 5pm. Downtown Tempe invites families to come in costume for the 2pm kick-off at the 6th Street Market, hosted by Miss Arizona contestant Ariyanna Norman, who’ll oversee and MC the event and costume contest. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own trick-or-treat bags or jack-o’-lanterns, and will receive a map indicating the dozens of Downtown Tempe merchants to visit who’ll be giving away candy, treats and special discount offers for the whole family to enjoy. This not-so-spooky event will all take place in a safe, daytime event. There will be Halloween-themed “make & takes”, games, family photos inside Stella the Airstream vintage photobooth, and a costume contest with several prize-winning categories rounding out the event at 4:30pm.

“Our weekly market offers a unique shopping experience with local artisans and makers, and now we have expanded to include fresh produce, baked goods and other local food options,” said the Downtown Tempe Authority’s Director of Placemaking, Julie Kent. “We’re excited for the upcoming season!”

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