Get ready for arts

When Concord Arts Market started back in 2008, the focus was finding out if the capital city would embrace a fun, outdoor arts market. Here in 2012, Concord Arts Market opens its fifth anniversary season as an established and eagerly-anticipated event. Opening day is June 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bicentennial Square. The weekly, juried outdoor art and artisan-goods market will also welcome the Shaker Road School jazz and rock bands, the modern American rock of Brasbe, and the West-African-style vibes of the Araba-Lon drumming ensemble. Admission to the event is free. Bicentennial Square is wheelchair and stroller accessible, and the market, as always, is pets-on-leashes friendly. Downtown parking is free on Saturdays.

The market season runs weekly from the first Saturday in June to the last Saturday in October with one exception: Labor Day weekend. This coincides with the Concord Farmers' Market's season. Saturdays downtown have become synonymous with this outdoor dual market experience and the synergy created between the markets and Concord's perse collection of Main Street businesses – not to mention the fun of recreating on the State House lawn.

There is still space available for vendors in select genres. The jewelry category is currently full. Contact the market directly for more information. Visit email

Author: The Concord Insider

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