Since May, the Tacoma Night Market has successfully brought together hundreds of Tacoma locals to Pacific Avenue. Bustling with life, the market offers attendees access to over 40 local vendors, yummy food options, a full bar and music. The Tacoma Night Market is free and open to all ages. The next Tacoma Night Market will be Nov. 3.
From the stringed lighting to the warm ambiance it provides, the market serves as a connection between local vendors and the greater Tacoma community. More importantly, most of the goods sold at the market are handmade by the locals selling them. When was the last time you met the person who made your candle, T-shirt or perfume?
Gretchen McAllister, vendor and owner of Splendor and Stone, utilizes the Tacoma Night Market to sell her handmade jewelry.
“I had been doing markets for the last four years and was wanting something a little different,” McAllister said. “Something that felt more alive, more of an event with music, makers, food and a bar.”
McAllister and Leah Morgan — Tacoma Night Market founder — both saw a need for a night market in Tacoma when they met at a different market in 2017.
“We both saw how many talented local makers, a lot of them women, there are locally and thought about how awesome it would be to start a night market in Tacoma,” McAllister said. “It’s been overwhelming to see the amount of talent that we have locally and the amazing support we get from the Tacoma community.”
McAllister credits her success at the night market to the inclusivity within the city of Tacoma.
“There is more of a small town vibe here and more of an inclusive vibe, the people here are interested in collaborating and supporting each other,” McAllister said.
One thing is for sure, the night market truly is a one of a kind experience in downtown Tacoma. It’s liveliness and uniqueness make it the perfect event to browse local goods, people watch from the upstairs bar area and chat with some of Tacoma’s artists.
”We are doing something that Tacoma hasn’t experienced on this level yet,” McAllister said. “It’s truly amazing to be a part of it.”
Date: Every first Saturdayof the month Keep up to date with which vendors will be in attendance by following
Time: 5–7 p.m.
Location: 734 Pacific Ave.
Keep up to date with which vendors will be in attendance by following @tacomanightmarket on both Facebook and Instagram.
Alex is studying sustainable urban development. She loves going to events around Tacoma and telling people about them. Her goal is to use her degree to make cities more sustainable.