Folsom’s merchants wanted to do something really special this summer, for Folsom locals and visitors. Part of the plan was to breathe new life into the Thursday Night Market and already, the plan is looking great!
Jim Crosthwaite, a local event marketing promoter was chosen to lead the event, and the changes are both surprising and exciting.
A New Name
In line with the changes, the name of the event was changed to “Thursday Night Marketplace”.
The first of the twelve evening events starts this Thursday, through to the end of August, from 6pm to 9pm.
Each event is a mix of entertainment, heritage craftsmanship and art. There are street performers, live theater, a kids zone, teen zone, adult zone, food and drink vendors and merchants.
The aim of Thursday Night Marketplace is to attract the Folsom community to a community event to be proud of, surrounded by the historic district, with special attractions, offers and fun.
A New Look
Each week, the Marketplace has a different theme, with “Kick Off” night sure to be a hit.
Kick Off Night includes entertainment by top Sacramento band, “the mainland,” fresh from recording their first EP. They will play on the main stage in the 600 block from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
A new “Teen Zone” near the Chamber of Commerce in Wool Street has the “Band Battle” playoffs between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.
At the Wool-Sutter Street Arena, the Folsom Karaoke Championship, with preliminaries running from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Cost to enter is $5 per person, and only the first 12 applicants accepted. The top three from the prelims will appear on the main stage at 8:00pm for the championship.
Folsom Mixed Martial Arts will hold demonstrations at 7:00pm and Moon Goddess Caravan performs at 7:30pm.
In the 900 block, World Famous Balloon Artist Kenn Serrano will turn the building next to Folsom Lake Bank, into a not-to-be-missed exhibition. There are 1,000 ballons in there aleady and it looks amazing!
Foodies will not want to miss the new Farmers Market with the Grocery Outlet and bargain market, with produce, flowers and merchandise.
There will be over 100 booths, with all kinds of interesting things.
Park undercover in the new parking garage for only $2 and receive a discount voucher and a chance to win the nightly Grand Prize. The parking fee benefits the Museum, who are managing the parking – and you get your money back in the street!
Look for the Information booth in the 700 block. Check in there each week, and get your entry in the drawings. There are three drawings each night, at 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15. The prize is a $25 voucher you can spend anywhere at the event.
Also at the information booth, get the free coupon book with many offers from local businesses. – especially look for the FolsomLocalNews.com / NewsBlaze coupon
The Weekly Themes
Kick Off Night
Pro Sports Night
Family Fun Night
Backyard BBQ Night
Living History/Railroad Night
Back To School Night
Keep Cool Night
Finish Line Night