Summer Open-Air Markets Return To Rossville BLVD

  • Friday, May 26, 2023

The BLVD Project and Rossville Downtown  Development Authority are teaming up again to host another summer market series on the first  Fridays of June, July, and August from 5-9 p.m. Each month will represent a different theme,  with June 2 named the “Music and Makers” festival. Later in the summer, a culture festival will be held on July 7 and a children’s festival will be held on Aug. 4, with a magic show and sandcastle station.  

The BLVD is a grassroots organization that seeks to improve food access, safety, transportation,  aesthetics, and business along the Rossville Blvd corridor. The markets will be located at 207  Chickamauga Ave. and will feature vendors selling locally grown produce, flowers,  original artwork, and consumable personal goods. 

The organizations hosted summer markets that were well-attended and well-received by the  community last year. Karen McKinney, who is the market manager for The BLVD, says their mission  is to foster new growth in the community and provide a destination for families and friends that is  affordable and local. “We anticipate that visitors to our market will enjoy the vendors, food, and  entertainment available and will appreciate the unique and welcoming atmosphere we have created,” said Ms. McKinney.  

The festival in June will have live music, local artisans, BBQ, and hotdogs. The culture festival in July will have entertainment and food from a variety of cultures, and kids are encouraged to come to the  market in August to build sandcastles, listen to music, and see a magic show.  

Culture Chatt is a sponsor of the July market and Co-Founder Jaime Kerns says she believes in the  vision of supporting and celebrating diversity along Rossville Blvd. “We at Culture Chatt intentionally  seek to partner with community groups that provide space and opportunity for Chattanoogans to  gather, connect, support each other through sharing their culture, business, or both. We desire to  build a proud community that is resilient, united, and able to create a successful future in  Chattanooga,” said Ms. Kerns. 

Interested vendors can email rossvilleblvdmarket@gmail.com for more information. More details can  be found by visiting The BLVD’s Facebook page.  

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