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Supporting local artisans and entrepreneurs with a new community shopping experience.

November 4 – 5, 2022 Cary Academy

We bet you have some questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the schedule?

Friday, November 4th: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, November 5th: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Who can participate?

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, well-versed in trade shows, or a young entrepreneur just entering the market with a dream, there is a place for you in the Market.

Who can attend?

Anyone and everyone! First and foremost, this is a community event.
Schedule a friends’ night out on Thursday evening and enjoy perusing our vendors over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Or perhaps swinging by on Saturday with the family.

Whatever way you choose, bring your children, relatives, and friends to discover one-of-a-kind local gifts and treasures.

Do I have to purchase tickets to shop?

This event is free to the public. You only need a ticket if you would like to attend the preview party. Preview party ticket sales will begin in September.

I’m a vendor, what sets CA’s Main Street Market apart?

As a school with a firm footing in our community, we are committed to supporting local and small businesses. We strive to promote the Market to everyone in the Triangle area to help bring in thousands of shoppers.

We will be extending flexible opportunities to our vendors to meet a variety of needs. Small, local businesses without the time or bandwidth to attend all three days can purchase a pop-up slot for a reduced price to attend one day only. Vendors with a more seasoned approach can still select the booth size that best fits their needs for the entire Market.

Our dates are in time for the December shopping season, but still early enough that vendors can participate in other local holiday markets in addition to ours.

I’m in! I want to participate as a vendor. What do I do?

Wonderful! We’d love to have you. Fill out the vendor application


  • 10’ x 10’ Booth – $750
  • 10’ x 20’ Booth – $1,500

Pop Up Pricing:

  • 6’ x 10’ Booth – $250 for one designated day
I’m torn. Should I do a pop-up table or a vendor booth?

It depends on your product and your availability. Are you a small, new business that is in the process of launching? Then a flat-rate pop-up table on a single shopping day may be perfect for you.
For established vendors, well-versed in trade shows with substantial inventory, we recommend purchasing a booth for the entirety of the market.

Still not sure?

Contact us to learn more by filling out the form at the bottom of this page

Loving the concept. I’d love to support the effort through a sponsorship rather than selling something.

Sponsorship opportunities abound! Maybe you can provide food and beverage to our vendors, sponsor wifi, and/or cover the needs and promotion of the market, just to name a few. All of these opportunities (and more) come with various levels of promotion for your business. Contact us via the form below so we can put together a custom sponsorship plan that meets your exposure and budget needs.

Wait a minute, what about the CA Holiday Shoppe?

Twenty years ago, Cary Academy launched our first trade show, the beloved Holiday Shoppe. For two decades, vendors from up and down the coast and across North Carolina have traveled to Cary in the late fall to participate in this time-honored shopping tradition; we are so grateful for their participation over the years.

As we celebrate twenty years, we welcome a new decade with a renewed energy and new focus: supporting our local community and increasing the inclusivity of our shopping experience by extending increased flexibility and support to local vendors, big and small.

Fear not, however, our newly launched Main Street Market will offer the same incredible one-stop shopping opportunities that made our Holiday Shoppe a success.

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