The Six to Sunset concert series finished its 20th year with record attendance last week, and music hasn’t left the park yet.
More than 6,000 people attended the final Riverview Community Bank Six to Sunset concert on Thursday, featuring Super Diamond, according to Vancouver Special Events Manager Stacey Donovan.
“It was an extremely successful season,” said Donovan. She said the Noon Rhythms summer concert series presented by the Hilton Vancouver Washington and Columbia Tech Center Sunday Sounds concert series also had good attendance all year.
Donovan said the Vancouver Farmers Market worked with Noon Rhythms this year by opening on Propstra Square during the concerts.
“It brought people together,” she said. People would come for the market and experience the music, or come for the music and experience the farmers market.
“It made sense this year to have the market happen with the concert,” said Erin Timmerman, the market’s director of operations. “People were already coming on their lunch break.”
“It was a great partnership, and I think we will probably do it again,” Donovan said.
Though the Noon Rhythms series is over, the market will continue in Propstra Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 12. The market will host a stage for musical entertainment during the events.
It’s not just the city events that are growing, Donovan said. The Vancouver Brewfest and Four Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest also reported an increase in attendance.
“Events are a vital part of a healthy community, and I think it says a lot about the direction that we are growing,” Donovan said.
The city is also talking about the potential for a concert series at the new Vancouver Waterfront Park, according to Donovan.
“I think that would be a really fun addition to what we do,” she said.