By Heather Lusk
Brick Street Market will have a different appearance this year when vendors line the edges of Main Street instead of the center for the annual art fair May 12.
The change mirrors layouts organizers have observed at high-quality art fairs around the country.
“Instead of feeling like a street, it will feel like a festival,” said Tracy Coussens, event coordinator for the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, which runs the Brick Street Market. “You can zig-zag from tent to tent.”
The change should make it easier for visitors to shop at local merchants.
“We’re really making an effort to encourage people to not only shop the tents but shop Main Street,” Coussens said.
The date is a change from previous years. Brick Street Market has traditionally been the weekend after Mother’s Day, which often conflicted with the Broad Ripple Art Fair. Coussens hopes the new date date will attract higher quality artists to Zionsville.
The date change also means the event won’t impact the Zionsville Farmers’ Market, which starts the following week. In past years, the farmers’ market has closed early to accommodate the art fair.
Approximately 100 artisans and food vendors from the Midwest will participate, from jewelry makers to painters to woodworkers. Food trucks from Kaplingers, Tara’s Crazee Crepes and St. Adrian will be at the south end of Main Street with smaller food vendors sprinkled among the booths. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About 5,000 people are expected to attend. Coussens said the new layout will ease congestion.
“There’s going to be more area for movement,” she said. “I think overall people are going to be more comfortable.”