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The Richmond Night Market Brings Big City and International Flair to The Area

By highlighting creativity and connecting communities through art at 17th street market

Melody Short writes:

The Richmond Night Market (RNM) is preparing for the first season of a fresh and unique experience for the region. Kicking off Saturday, April 13th, RNM is curating 9 exciting night markets in the heart of the City at 17th Street Market.

Slated as a monthly open air social gathering every 2nd Saturday, the Richmond Night Market will highlight creativity, commerce, and community while showcasing the layered and diverse aspects of the artistic scene. Attendees will be able to shop local and visiting artists, participate in interactive stations at the Makerspace and the Creative Kids Hangout, and enjoy live music and a dj to complete the night.

Featured programming at the inaugural Richmond Night Market includes Hamilton Glass, Studio Two Three, Nerd Squad, DJ Prolific, Bare Soul Yoga, Drums No Guns and the Drew Miles Trio.

“We are looking forward to the Richmond Night Market joining the growing downtown arts and culture scene. This new programming will allow both visitors and residents alike to experience the arts in the same way that many international cities have for years!” Anedra Bourne, Venture Richmond.

Specifically aimed to highlight a curated number of independent artists during each Market, acceptance for artist is rolling and programming for the space is revolving. The goal is to keep the elements unique so that it becomes a natural part of your second saturday routine.

As Richmond continues to reconcile its past and as we necessarily remind ourselves of the 400 year anniversary of the enslavement of Africans on this land, it is no coincidence that the RNM will take place at 17th Street Market. “We have a lot of history to reckon with. My hope is that – at minimum – we add an additional layer and texture to the history of the space by re-programming and recharging the energy of Shockoe Bottom.”, says Adrienne Cole Johnson, co-creator of the Richmond Night Market.

For more information regarding media/press inquiries, sponsorship opportunities, featured artisans, or additional details, please contact co-creator and media manager Melody Short at 212.518.4776 or via email at

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Amy McCracken 04/04/2019 at 6:05 AM

Pamela R Bridgmon, let’s gooooooooo!

Pamela R Bridgmon 04/04/2019 at 9:28 AM

Amy McCracken it’s on the calendar !

Melody Joy Short 04/04/2019 at 7:19 AM

Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you on 4/13

crd 04/12/2019 at 11:56 AM Reply
crd 04/14/2019 at 11:55 AM

Did this happen? Would some of you folks who were so enthusiastic please report in how it was?! Thanks! How many people attended, what sort of art was there, how many kids were there, etc. would be good starting points. Again, thanks.

Jacob C. 04/14/2019 at 1:08 PM

It did happen. It was pretty crowded. Lots of vendors and good music. It also seemed really good for the surrounding restaurants as most were packed.

crd 04/15/2019 at 10:59 AM

Thanks, I also saw your separate article about it.
I did not see much of a crowd in the pics, except for one pic.

I just heard that they are having free yoga down there, and seventy people showed up last week, but I don’t know exactly when it is.

Jacob C. 04/15/2019 at 3:13 PM

Most of the pics were taken from the Main Street side which was not where the crowd was. Everyone was on the other end of the market where the band was along with a lot of the vendors.

crd 04/15/2019 at 6:22 PM

Ahh okay thanks Jacob for the prompt expplanation!


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