CHICO, Calif. – The Thursday Night Market will return to kick off its 24th season on Thursday, May 6.
The TNM features a Certified Farmers Market area, locally prepared foods, arts and crafts, non-profit promotion, and entertainment throughout the event.
The market takes place every Thursday from May 6 through Sept. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. The market is in Downtown Chico on Broadway from 2nd - 5th Streets, including side streets and the City Plaza. The area is closed to vehicle traffic and pets are not permitted, according to the Downtown Chico Business Association.
The market offers a wide variety of local products and services. Certified growers offer the freshest assortment of fruits and vegetables, bouquets of fresh-cut flowers, nuts, jams and spreads, honey, plant starts, and much more. Vendors also provide authentic artwork and crafts as well as handmade clothing and jewelry.
Each week there is entertainment ranging from balloon artists to comics and local emerging singer/songwriters located along the streets.
Downtown Chico officials said the market will operate within the Butte County Public Health recommendations. They will have disposal masks and hand sanitizer available for shoppers. Booths will be spaced six feet apart to practice social distancing.
Officials said no animals are permitted within market boundaries and for the safety of market patrons, no bicycles, skateboarding, or roller-skating is allowed. Additional safety measures will also be in place, including the presence of the Chico Police Department’s Target Team, Volunteers in Police (VIPs), and Downtown Ambassadors.
The TNM is certified by the USDA to accept and redeem SNAP Benefits which are issued by Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT). This program offers SNAP Benefit recipients another opportunity to access fresh, healthy, locally grown, and processed foods! In addition, the market vendors also accept WIC.