Businesses are rolling out the summertime fun, July 20-24, for the Downtown Merchants Market.
The annual event offers sidewalk sales, live music and other entertainment, this year including Eden Cheung, a street entertainer described as “a wisecracking, whip-cracking, real life, fake cowboy.”
Clinton W. Gray, magician, and, of course, Uncle Chris the Clown will be back to delight children and adults alike.
Throughout the five-day affair, other events are tied in, including Kamloops Farmers Market (Wednesday and Saturday), Kamloops Artisans Market (Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.), the Taste of Downtown, Street Festival Friday, Car Free Day and a main street battle of the bands.
The Taste of Downtown has grown to be one of the more popular attractions. Downtown restaurants put on their thinking caps and serve delectable samples from either 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2 p.m.-5 p.m. or all day. Tasters purchase a passport from the CAP Team Visitor info kiosk at the corner of 3rd Ave and Victoria Street. This year they are using a token system. For every passport purchase of $15, you receive eight tokens. Additional tokens are only $2 apiece. Passports go on sale starting Tuesday, July 19, at the Customer Care & Info Centre 340 Victoria Street.
Participating restaurants include newcomers and past favourites, including: Red Collar Brewing; Sushi Royal Tokyo; Subway; Mittz Kitchen; Caffe Motivo; Cadeceus Chocolates;, Vyanjan Fine Indian Cuisine; the Commodore Grand Café & Lounge; Zack’s Coffee & Teas; Taconomo; Maurya’s Fine Indian Cuisine, Pizza Pi; McDonalds; Jacob’s Noodle & Cutlet; The Coconut; Denny’s Restaurant; Scoopz Ice Cream; Klasske’s Bistro; PDK Café; Fireside Steakhouse & Bar; and Vittorio’s Downtown.
Saturday, July 23, is Car Free Day, so take transit, ride a bike or walk. Battle of the Bands is the same day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. At the same time, a neighbourhood block party cranks up the fun a notch or two with activities, games, relaxation pods and experience stations.