Pittsburgh Summer Event Opportunities

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For those just getting in to the open air markets for extra cash and experimentation of retailing products, or are fully fledged seasonal caravans of scaled product lines and banking wholesale accounts; between May and December you’re getting busy or booked.

Pittsburgh has seen a surge of outdoor markets expand and new venues come to life.

PGHretail has been blessed enough with the opportunity to assist in developing markets and connecting commerce players: consumers + makers.  Cedar Arts Market began as an assistance to the flea market that had been slowly picking back up through volunteer organization in the Allegheny Commons East Park.

Through CAM, we joined the Deutschtown Music Festival for their annual July show full of free music provided by 150+ bands, street vendors, beer gardens, and community engagement for the last two years in the same park.  Now in their fourth year, the festival organizers are calling all artists to join them this year.

http://deutschtownmusicfestival.org/vendor-booth-request/

Last August, CAM sponsored the Pittsburgh VegFest in their first-ever event in Allegheny Commons. With their loyal and eager audience, the all-vegan experience has expanded with twice as many vendors and is also in July for 2016. Vendor spaces are strictly for vegan friendly products and

https://pittsburghvegfest.org/vegfest-2016/

Having moved to organizing a new workshop series after the 2015 CAM outdoor market season closed, PGHretail helped to connect I Made It! Market to the Northside at the new Nova Place (Allegheny Center).  With their partnership, the annual IMI! for the Holidays was held for the first time on the Northside. The breadth of artists that Carrie Nardini, owner and organizer, works with is inspiring and central to how IMI! (and Neighborhood Flea) is able to expand and be part of almost every neighborhood in Pittsburgh.

New markets for IMI! this year are: Wholey’s on the weekends, Open Streets,  and Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank Feed More Festival.

http://imadeitmarket.com/events/

Specific to the Northside and not a regular selling opportunity; the Block Party Pgh hosts a once of month outdoor block party! The organizers are looking for hyper-local artists and crafters interested in holding a table with kids and/or adult art and/or craft projects.  These interactions can be viewed as practice talking about your art, using member participation to build your art, or providing a canvas for public art for the community.

http://blockpartypgh.com/

Interested artists can contact: ben@blockpartypgh.com

If you’ve made it through to this sentence, you may have ascertained that Cedar Arts Market has been placed on hold for 2016 as we make room to work on other projects and allow our partners to expand on the collective networks built to support communities, in common interest and on common ground.

Stay tuned for the next announcement!

Take the Survey!

We want to know what you thought about the new California Markets that happened in Brighton Heights this summer.  We know many of you liked it so much we organized an additional event for October.

Your feedback is important and we’d like if you could take the survey and let us know your thoughts!

CLICK HERE to take the survey.

Thanks so much for supporting PGHretail’s efforts.

 

http://bit.ly/1cezvvH

Second Saturdays in Brighton Heights

In addition to the California Markets, our neighbor Emmanuel Christian Church, is also hosting second Saturday Flea Markets right down the road from us!  Here’s more information about their event, lots to do while in Brighton Heights on Second Saturdays!!!  So, hit up the Junk in the Trunk Sales early then come on down to the California Markets for artisanal goods,  great food, and community activities!

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Share the California Markets with friends!

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Let us know you’re coming and tell your family, friends, and neighbors!
Visit a neighborhood that’s unique and hidden up on the North Side while supporting local businesses, makers, farmers, and communities on a Saturday afternoon. These events are free and open to the public so let us know you’ll be there by joining our Facebook Event or through the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite - The California Markets: Art & Wine Walk

Thanks for the write up Northside Chronicle!

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Check out our write up with Kelsey Shea, the editor of The Northside Chronicle, about the California Markets and its’ mission for the Brighton Heights’ business corridor.

Read the article here.