After a two-year hiatus (due to Covid), VI Market is back at it with a Vancouver Island Outdoor Summer Market! Don’t miss this 2-day event happening mid-August, 2021.

Quick Details

  • When: Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15
  • Hours of Operation: 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM (both days)
  • Where: Nanaimo North Town Centre (4750 Rutherford Road) outside the old Sears building
  • Cost: Free admission
Vancouver Island outdoor summer market. Vancouver Island View

Outdoor Summer Market Details

Covid curtailed the traditional markets we all know and love on Vancouver Island. Thankfully, the team at VI Market saw an opportunity to embrace the changes and create an outdoor event that’s sure to please. With their impeccable organization skills and positive spirit, they will help you discover your new favourite local vendor.

The Outdoor Summer Market is a 2-day event featuring 70+ creative Vancouver Island entrepreneurs. It’s the perfect opportunity to support the small businesses that help change the way we shop locally.

To keep tabs on the event and up-to-date information, make sure to follow VI Market on Facebook.

About VI Market

VI Market is a market planning organization that supports local creatives and other small Vancouver Island businesses. They pride themselves in preserving creativity through kindness and sustainability and help showcase those businesses that embrace that same entrepreneurial spirit. In essence, they help connect amazing local artisans and creatives to the community around them.

If you are a maker who’s ready to sell your product, get in touch with VI Market! There may be a spot open for you to do just that at this year’s outdoor summer market.

Here’s the link to apply: Market Application

Vancouver Island outdoor summer market. Vancouver Island View

Happy Mail

New this year is Happy Mail, which is another fun way for buyers and sellers to connect. You can sign up to be a sender or recipient, or even both! It’s something created from the heart (such as a card, thoughtful note, or even a small gift) that is then sent out to someone on the receiving mailing list.

It’s mostly about spreading kindness, and it’s a way for the folks at VI Market to give back to the community.

For more information or to sign up, please head to the website of Vancouver Island Market.


    • This article is for a previous event, and I am not sure if VI Market will be hosting another one this summer. You can contact Mei directly through her website to ask (the link to her website is listed several places in this article).

  1. Can’t wait to see everyone and their wares. So many new vendors this year. Thanks for sharing.

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