Bazaar After Dark returns to Menasha on Wednesday. Here's what to expect
It's another last hurrah for the warm-weather season.
Wednesday welcomes the third and final Bazaar After Dark night market of the year, with thousands of people likely to take over a strip of downtown Menasha for music, food, art and other festivities.
The popular family- and dog-friendly events are put on by Pulse Young Professionals Network at the Fox Cities Chamber and this one is a return to Menasha. Aimed to spotlight parts of the Fox Cities that don't always get a lot of attention, Bazaar After Dark first brought big crowds to Menasha in July 2017.
The market runs 5 to 10 p.m. on the portion of Main Street from Center Street to Racine Street. And it's paired with Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity to serve as a celebration of a Rock the Block neighborhood build.
Pulse director and Bazaar After Dark organizer Nikki Hessel said the two previous markets this summer — the first in Little Chute and the other in Neenah — brought out an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people. As long as the weather plays along, expect to see similar numbers this go-round.
Here's a rundown of what to expect under the strings of Edison bulbs Wednesday night.
► The stage for live music will be set up near the intersection of Main and Center. The performance lineup includes Seasaw, Horace Greene, Michigander and Lala Lala. DJ Ross Grizzly will be on the grounds too.
► There'll be 16 trucks from the Fox Valley Food Truck Rally group parked on the same southwest end, serving up everything from subs, tacos and barbecue to crepes, frozen yogurt and kettle corn. Other food vendors (including Osorio's Latin Fusion, Orange Chicken Hut, Smoken Pig Express and Simple Simon Bakery) will be set up on Milwaukee Street next to Curtis Reed Square.
► The wristband station and tents for Stone Arch Brewpub and Upstream Cider will be toward the northeast end (near the bend in Main Street), close to the entrance Community First Credit Union. For those looking for a warm-up, Your Daily Grind is a walk-in option.
► The weather forecast looks promising. The National Weather Service is calling for a high of 76 on Wednesday and an overnight low of about 58. Should make for a pleasant autumn-ish evening.
► There will be two interactive virtual graffiti walls. People can upload photos, manipulate them with virtual spray paint and the print out a copy.
► Faith Technologies will help power the lights over the event with clean energy from their mobile microgrid. What, exactly, does that mean? Ask the energy professionals. Faith Technologies will have reps at the microgrid Wednesday to explain the innovative technology.
► Steve Keller's Traveling Snake Show will be coiled up somewhere on Main Street offering patrons the chance to meet a variety of different types of snakes. (Don't worry, you can admire them from a distance.)
► Bazaar After Dark's most photogenic troupes will be back. Fox Valley Fire and Flow Collective will be spinning and spitting fire and the Aerial Dance group also will be hanging out.
► Among the nearly 100 vendors will be artists of all sorts. You'll find paintings, photography, candles, clothing, masks, jewelry, decorations, sculptures and who knows what else. There'll also be plenty of artists who do their work in the kitchen, with all sorts of treats, baked goods and other edibles.
► As for traffic concerns, Main Street will be closed from Center to Racine starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. It'll reopen at 11 p.m. Parking patrons will just have to fend for themselves in nearby neighborhoods and lots within walking distance.
► For the first time, Bazaar After Dark is selling T-shirts. It's a new way to support the efforts of Pulse. They're $15 and come in sizes small to XXL. They'll be on sale at the wristband booth.
If you go
What: Bazaar After Dark night market
When: 5-10 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Main Street from Center to Racine, downtown Menasha