For the first time in recent memory, an unused lot in Downtown Pittsburgh is being transformed into a one-night-only Night Market, giving city residents one more reason to venture to (or stay in) the Golden Triangle after work. The Night Market, which takes places this Friday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. will feature music by DJ Soy Sos, independent vendors of jewelry, art, and crafts, and food from a variety of local eateries.
Jeremy Waldrup, president of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership,
says his organization created this event in order to showcase this particular stretch of Liberty Avenue as a block filled with activity, including a variety of bars and restaurants, and the August Wilson Center.
“By providing individuals with another reason to come to this street we hope to encourage more folks to mill around downtown and see what opportunities there are to experience,” Waldrup says.
At Friday’s market (located at 917-919 Liberty Avenue), the restaurant Meat & Potatoes will offer a preview of food from its new concept, Pork & Beans, which is expected to open later this fall. And Conflict Kitchen, which is set to open Downtown in the coming months, will also be serving food.
Among the 15 independent vendors will be Tugboat Printshop and Devorah Naturals. And café tables and chairs will be set up at the Night Market to encourage guests to linger in the space.
This Friday is also the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl,
which begins at 5:30 p.m.
“It should fit very well into the [Gallery Crawl] with people exploring that area,” says Ida D’Errico, of PDP.
D'Errico says this is the only Night Market currently planned, but based on the event’s success there could be more in the future.
“Pittsburgh enjoys various markets and our outdoor plazas, and so potentially this could expand into another location at some future point in time,” she says.
The Night Market is the latest endeavor to come from the Project Pop Up Program, a partnership between Mayor Ravenstahl, the URA, City Planning, and the PDP.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Jeremy Waldrup, Ida D’Errico