VALPARAISO | The Central Park Plaza Market will open for the season at 8 a.m. June 1, with a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The opening day will include games for kids and free junior ice cream cones from Valpo Velvet. Kids also can get free balloon art.
Live entertainment by Steve Ball will be featured from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Porter Health Amphitheater.
The market is sponsored by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events.
The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday through Oct. 29 and will feature handmade items, produce, plants and flowers, artisan breads, local honey and other items.
The first 1,000 visitors to visit the VCFE tent will receive a free reusable market tote. Each Tuesday will feature live lunchtime entertainment or a live demonstration through Aug. 27. The lunchtime series kicks off with Shades of Gray from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 4.
For more information about the Central Park Plaza Market and other events planned for this year, visit VCFE at www.valparaisoevents.com or call (219) 464-8332.