Summer Market will return on July 23 and 24 to Black River Landing in Lorain.
The two-day festival features vintage and handmade items and fresh foods from more than 125 small businesses, said founder and organizer Erin Stack.
The annual event features a carefully curated selection of art, handmade goods, home decor, furniture, vintage finds, farm-to-table pantry items, clothing, food trucks, bakeries, live music and more, Stack said.
“We are working closely with the Lorain Port Authority to offer a variety of ways for guests to get on the river and perhaps out to the lake while attending our event this summer,” she said. “One of my favorite features about utilizing this park is that guests can arrive by foot, bike, car or even boat.”
The novel coronavirus pandemic forced cancelation of numerous community events in 2020.
Summer Market was one that went forward.
The festival draws thousands of people and outgrew its previous location at Avon Lake’s Veterans Memorial Park.
Last year, it moved to the Lorain Port and Financing Authority’s waterfront festival site.
“Happy to have Summer Market back at Black River Landing again this year,” said Port Executive Director Tom Brown. “We think that everyone got a great sneak peak of what Summer Market can be in Lorain at our site, but know that this year is going to be even bigger and better.”
Since starting in 2006, Summer Market has given back to the community by donating proceeds to local families and organizations in need.
“This year, in response to the global pandemic and the challenges small business have experienced, funds will be spent on building our event through community outreach and relationship building to the Summer Market becoming an even bigger destination than ever before,” Stack said. “This benefits the participating vendors and the many Lorain small businesses that surround the venue.”
Since its start, Summer Market has supported a collective grouping of artists, makers, shops and restaurant, she said.
“As the makers movement took off, so too, did markets, fleas and pop-ups all throughout the Cleveland area,” Stack said. “As a result of the pandemic, the number of these shopping events has decreased dramatically in 2021.
“Knowing this, I feel I have a responsibility — and the honor — to help this talented community of artists succeed,” she said. “It’s what pushes me each and every day.”
The event admission and parking are free and it will be held rain or shine.