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Chico Gems : The Thursday Night Market

Join The Roadrunner as we explore the gems of our beautiful city—starting with the lively and vibrant Thursday Night Market.

Chico, California, is a special little place. 

This unique city is located in the northern Sacramento Valley, approximately 90 miles north of our great state’s capital. Chico is home to a vibrant community and is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

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  • Frank Schulenburg, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

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Founded in 1860 by John Bidwell, the “City of Trees,” as Chico is known, is a staple of Northern Californian culture and hosts many community events that promote cultural enrichment and community pride. 

One of these events is the Thursday Night Market.

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Organized by the Downtown Chico Business Association (DCBA), the Thursday Night Market transforms downtown Chico into a bustling, vibrant marketplace every Thursday evening. 

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  • People in line to get food During the Thursday Night Market.

  • Downtown Chico Event Staff at the Thursday Night Market.

  • A Child Getting a Henna Tattoo at the Thursday Night Market

  • Street Shot at the Thursday night Market.

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Running from late April through mid-September, the market takes place every Thursday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Broadway Street between 2nd and 4th Streets, including adjacent side streets and the City Plaza. 

The market features dozens of vendors offering farm-fresh produce, handmade crafts, and a variety of food trucks serving diverse cuisines. 

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  • A Local Hotdog Stand at the Thursday Night Market.

  • Various Produce sold at the Thursday Night Market.

  • A Child Getting a Henna Tattoo at the Thursday Night Market

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Beyond this, the Thursday Night Market also has live entertainment, and activities for children, and the many local businesses around downtown are open during the market. 

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  • Local Performers Providing Live Entertainment during the Thursday Night Market.

  • Children playing in the fountain in Chico’s Downtown Plaza.

  • Crowd Shot from the Thursday Night Market.

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The Thursday Night Market fosters a unique sense of community. It brings people together in a shared space and offers opportunities for social interactions that help build stronger community bonds.

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  • people relaxing in the grassy area of Chico’s Down town Plaza during the Thursday Night Market.

  • People Having a conversation at the Thursday Night Market.

  • Crowd Shot at the Thursday night Market, Downtown Chico.

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 For many, the Thursday Night Market has become a place to hang out with friends and enjoy a variety of different activities together.

The market also has a significant economic impact within Chico, providing a platform for local farmers, artisans, and small businesses to sell their products directly to consumers. 

This keeps money within the community, helps support small businesses, and gives extra exposure to vendors who see the farmers market as an opportunity to grow their customer base.

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  • Chris Brown Holding A few of his products and Various Sauces from Skylake Ranch, Pomegranate Provisions.

  • People Buying Fresh Produce at the Thursday Night Market.

  • People looking at various wares and goods available at a booth in Downtown Chico’s Thursday Night Market.

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Well-organized events such as the Thursday Night Market are what makes Chico different.

 It’s more than just a place to buy goods; it’s a place to connect with your community, socialize with friends, and enjoy the lively atmosphere of our amazing town. 

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  • Mark Chase And the Mix 95.1 Local Radio Station and Mike G-Ride with G-Ride petty Cab Service.

  • Various hats for sale at the Thursday Night Market.

  • Two People with Fresh Flowers at the Thursday Night Market.

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Chico is a town with a strong historical heritage, with several landmarks and museums, but it’s events like the Thursday Night Market that make our little town special. It’s getting to listen to live music at the plaza, eating a shrimp taco from Los Betos, and thrifting a cool jersey from a local vendor. These are the things that make Chico truly unique.

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  • Thursday Night Market downtown Chico

  • Little Town Delights Serving various sweets during the Thursday Night Market.

  • People Enjoying Downtown Chico’s Thursday Night Market.

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So whether you’re enjoying the live music, savoring the delicious food, or discovering unique local vendors and their handmade crafts, the Thursday Night Market is truly a special place to be. 

Come out and see why the Thursday Night Market is truly a Chico gem, every Thursday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM downtown.

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