Sun Valley Night Market returns with new vendors and school supplies

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It opens Saturday under the West Colfax Viaduct. Come for the food, bring a school bag.

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He is back!

Sun Valley community leaders and stakeholders are hosting their second Sun Valley Rising Overpass Night Market on Saturday. It will be located at the south end of Empower Field under the Colfax Viaduct west of Raices Brewery and east of the Latino Cultural Arts Center at 2705 W. Colfax Ave.

The 4-10 p.m. market is hosted by the Sun Valley Kitchen + Community Center, along with the West Colfax Business Improvement District and Denver Streets Partnership as part of the West Denver Rising Initiative’s International Market Series, which will include five events in West Denver celebrating the diverse cultures of the region.

A child searches for bubbles at the Sun Valley Rising Viaduct Night Market under Colfax Avenue.  May 14, 2022.
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Surrounded by warehouses and constructions, the inhabitants of Sun Valley have dreamed for several years of using the space under the viaduct to bring life back to an area that is only really used during football season. Activating the space gives residents a place to showcase their culinary and craft skills, they said, while inviting Denver residents to an area they don’t often visit.

This time there will be some changes. For one thing, the market will host a school supply drive to support Sun Valley youth – and just in time for school to start.

Lindsay Miller, special projects manager at the Sun Valley Kitchen + Community Center, said all supplies were welcome, including pencils, pens, markers, crayons, notebooks and folders. She added that the biggest need in the community was backpacks.

There will be drop boxes near the Denver Streets Partnership tent. There will also be a QR code on the stand that people can use to donate money.

The Sun Valley Rising Viaduct Night Market under Colfax Avenue.  May 14, 2022.
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The reader is, of course, optional.

There will also be new suppliers, such as Umai Express and Girls Inc of Metro Denver- Bold Beans Coffee. Grupo Tlaloc will open the event with performances from Lake Middle School Drumline, Denver DJ School and Neoma.

Some things will be the same. Like the pho eating contest.

This is the third event in the West Denver Rising Initiative’s series of international markets. Upcoming events include the Mid-Autumn Festival at the Far East Center in September and the annual Westwood Chile Fest on Morrison Road, also in September.

Kevin Huynh swallows pho during a pho eating contest at the Sun Valley Rising Viaduct Night Market under Colfax Avenue.  May 14, 2022.
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